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Johnny Walker: An Obituary

Johnny Walker tickled the nation's funny bone like no other actor for more than three decades after independence.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2003 19:23 IST

Born to a milkmanin Indore, JohnnyWalker tickled the nation's funny bone like no other actor for more than three decades after independence. He acted in more than 300 films, including blockbusters like

CID, Chaudhvi ka Chand, Pyasa and Madhumati

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A favourite of noted director Guru Dutt, Johnny Walker as a Tel Malish man stirred a sympathetic chord among his millions of fans in Pyasa and provided balm to the stressed-out urban common man with his 'Yeh hai Bombay Meri Jaan' in CID.

Born in 1924, Badruddin Jamaluddin Qazi quit acting in the early 80s after a career of more than 40 years. But he returned for a last laugh in Kamal Hassan's Chachi 420.

"The films has brought comedy back into my sedate life," he had said after he made a comeback in the Bollywood.

He had to quit school to feed his family after his father lost his job. He worked as an ice-candy man at Nasik, avegetable vendor in Mumbai and a bus conductor with BEST until a family friend got him a role in Akhri Paigham as the villian's sidekick.

After K Asif's Hulchul, he landed a role in 1952 in Navketan's Baazi. During its filming he struck a lasting rapport with producer Dev Anand and actor-director Guru Dutt and was firmly on the path to fame.

First Published: Jul 29, 2003 16:40 IST