The star that shines bright even today: Johnnie Walker

Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi, famously known as Johnnie Walker was a bus conductor before he managed to take up comedy as his career. At a very early age when he was in class 6, he had to leave his education only because of his father’s financial condition. His father faced great financial difficulties when his mill collapsed and the only breadwinner in the family then was Walker. Johnnie eventually moved to Mumbai to try his luck. Lets see what he did next:
 

In order to curb the current status, Walker used to go around the city to sell ice candies, fruits, vegetables, stationery and also worked as a B.E.S.T conductor

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His dream was to become an actor. While he used to commute in buses, he used to entertain his passengers with his amusing jokes and acting

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Balraj Sahni, who was writing Baazi for Guru Dutt at that time, spotted the actor. Further, Sahni introduced Kazi to Dutt, who was so impressed by Kazi's performance as a drunkard that he immediately wrote a role for him in his directorial film Baazi

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Since he was a devout Muslim and a strict teetotaler, he’d never have a single drop of alcohol in-spite of playing the same role over and over. Thus, his drunken image was a stark contrast to his real life persona, which was that of a sober and humble soul

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It was Guru Dutt who gave him the name Johnnie Walker, a reference to the brand of Scotch whiskey which was Dutt's favourite brand

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Walker has done films such as Aar Paar, C.I.D, Mr. and Mrs. 55, Choo Mantar, Pyaasa and Chori Chori , Mere Mehboob, etc. Walker was particularly known for his work in B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur, Chetan Anand's Taxi Driver and Bimal Roy's Madhumati. His work was extremely affected after Dutt’s death in 1960

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Various songs were written on him such as Sach kehta hai Johnny Walker, ghar ki murgi daal barabar. He is the only actor to have a film in his name Johnny Walker in 1957

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He was known for his clean, funny and natural jokes. Apart from his jokes, he was known for his films. He has worked in about 300 films

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He also produced, Written & directed the 1985 film Pahunche Huwey Log. His final film Chachi 420 came after a gap of 14 years

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Johnny Walker married Noor (Noorjahan), a sister of Actress Shakila, despite the opposition of her family. He is also the brother of producer Tony Walker and actor Vijay Kumar (Vahiduddin) who debuted with the 1961 film wanted

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Nasir Khan, one of Johnny's three sons, entered Bollywood and small screen industry and is a well known face. As Johnny was forced to leave his studies while he was in standard sixth, he made sure that he give higher education to each of his kids

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For his performance, he received various awards namely Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Madhumati and Filmfare Best Comedian Award for his role in Shikar

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