John Jani Janardhan (1984)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 29 mins

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Embedded with myriad twists and turns, this action-oriented family drama follows the fluctuating fortunes in the family of Inpsector John A. Mendez. He is an honest and diligent Police Inspector, who lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Cheryl, and a maidservant, Fatimabi. John busts a gang that makes illicit liquor and holds them in a cell, bringing him into confrontation with their leader, Gajanand alias Gajju, who goes to threaten John, but is himself arrested and sentenced. When he is discharged he decides to avenge his humiliation by entrapping John and killing him. At this critical juncture, John's wife Cheryl gives birth to twin sons and passes away. A rich childless couple, Brijmohan and Girja Gupta adopt one of the twins and name him Janardhan, while the second is named Jani and lives with their loyal maidservant, Fatimabi. Twenty five years later, Janardhan is a stylish young man, just returned from America, and in love with Madhu. On his birthday party he comes face to face with a man named Gopaldas, and his entire personality changes as he is taken over by the vengeful spirit of John. Subsequently, Gopaldas is killed, and Janardhan is arrested and tried in Court. Things seem to go in Janardhan's favor, when the wily Gajju brings out a new witness - none other than Jani - who is now masquerading as John. Gajju hopes to kill Janardhan and thus prevent John from avenging his death - and nothing will stop Gajju to carry out his evil plan.

Cast: Rajinikanth, Rati Agnihotri

Crew: Rama Rao Tatineni (Director), BS Lokanath (Director of Photography), Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 26 Oct 1984 (India)

Hindi Name: जॉन जानी जनार्दन

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Did you know? The film is a remake of the Tamil movie Moondru Mugam (1982), which also starred Rajinikanth. Read More
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as Inspector John A Mendez/Janardhan B Gupta/Johny
as Madhu
as Cheryl J Mendez
as Asha/Cheryl
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as Gajanand/Gajju
as Girja B Gupta
Supporting Actor
as Brijmohan Gupta



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Remake of: Moondru Mugam (Tamil)
The film's title was taken from the introduction song of in Naseeb (1981).

The film is a remake of the Tamil movie Moondru Mugam (1982), which also starred Rajinikanth.