Disambiguation alert: There are 3 movies by the name Joker and two of them in India

  • If Indians were to search for a movie named Joker, they would find at least three results.
  • And if that wasn’t enough there’s another movie by the name of Mera naam Joker featuring Raj Kapoor and a popular song named Joker by Hardy Sandhu.
  • The latest results include Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix in the role of DC’s infamous villain Joker.

“It's a joke of a film,” said Anil Sinanan, a top film critic about Joker. No, do not worry, the critic was not talking about the Oscar winning Joaquin Phoenix movie but a Bollywood movie starring Askhay Kumar. The movie about aliens was so abhorred that it sank the career of its directorShirish Kunder

If Indians were to search for a movie named Joker, they would find at least three results. And if that wasn’t enough there’s another movie by the name of Mera naam Joker featuring Raj Kapoor and a popular song named Joker by Hardy Sandhu. The latest results include Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix in the role of DC’s infamous villain Joker.


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​Joker (2019)

​Joker (2019)

IMDb: 8.6/10

Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Description: Joker tells the the story of lonely Arthus Fleck aka Joker who is DC Comics’ most celebrated villain of all-time. Cursed with the condition that causes him to laugh inappropriately, Fleck lives with his mother, Penny (Frances Conroy). The movie takes us through many events which cracks his already-fragile psyche. Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscars for the best actor in a leading role for this movie

Phoenix became the second actor to win an Oscar for playing the DC comic book villain after the posthumous best supporting actor win to Heath Ledger in 2008. Phoenix not only took a deep dive into character, he also lost 52 pounds to get into the physicality of Fleck with a pathological disorder with a chilling laughter.

Joker (2016 Tamil film)

Joker (2016 Tamil film)

Joker (2016 Tamil film)

IMDb: 8.4/10

Directors: Raju Murugan, Raju Saravanan

Stars: Guru Somasundaram, Ramya Pandiyan, Gayathri

Joker is a Tamil political satire based on a story of a delusional protagonist, Mannar Mannan, who believes that he is the president of the country. Mannan is born and brought up in a village that has no toilet and widely practises open defecation. He, along with social activists Ponoojal and Isai — who became his advisor and P.A — roams the village creating awareness on social issues.

He fights court cases seeking compensation from a political leader who hurts a goat with his sand truck. The police co-operates him and he wins the compensation. In yet another case, he demands compensation from a school correspondent in whose building a 4-year-gold girl fell in the well and died. However, in this case, the court holds premises not responsible for the accident. He, being the “President’ orders military rule and plans to take law in his hand but is arrested by the police. The story later reveals how negligence by the government cost Mannan the life of his wife.

​Joker (2012 Hindi film)

​Joker (2012 Hindi film)

IMDb: 2.4/10

Director: Shirish Kunder

Stars: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade

The Hindi film Joker is a fantasy sci-fi is a story of an Indian origin NASA scientist Agastya who struggles to find the name of his village Paglapur on India’s political map. In 1947 when India and Pakistan were being separated, the cartographer ensured that the village didn't find a place on the map as it had the region’s largest mental asylum.

Agastya works on a secret project which involves creating a device to communicate with aliens. He brings the mentally ill population to lie that they spotted UFO.

The film received poor reviews for failing terribly. If you find the idea of an alien landing in India and boogying with pelvic thrusts to saucy songs funny, this is for you. Otherwise, it's a joke of a film, said Anil Sinanan from Time Out.

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