Fenil and Bollywood

Mera Naam Joker’s actress to work with Rishi again

Posted on: August 31, 2009

Russian actress Kseniya Ryabinkina, who had played one of Raj Kapoor’s love interests in Mera Naam Joker, came all the way to India to shoot with Rishi Kapoor for Chintuji despite her frail health
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 29, 2009)


Russian actress Kseniya Ryabinkina, who had played a trapeze artist and one of Raj Kapoor’s love interests in Mera Naam Joker (1970), has quietly completed shooting for her second Hindi film, Chintuji, which has Rishi Kapoor playing the title role. The forthcoming film is, to a large extent, based on Rishi Kapoor’s life.

Kseniya, who is currently quite frail because of old age was recently brought to Chandigarh all the way from Russia. “We shot with her in a village called Paragpur, which is a two-hour drive from Chandigarh and is on the outskirts of Himachal Pradesh. It was a pleasure shooting with her. She agreed to shoot with us even though she is unwell and is almost 70 years old now,” said producer Bobby Bedi.

Explaining how they thought of getting Kseniya to star in the film, Bedi said, “The film Chintuji draws a lot of inspiration from Rishi Kapoor’s real life. There is a mention of Mera Naam Joker in the film. Director Ranjit Singh suggested that we should cast Kseniya who had played a very important role opposite Raj Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker. He thought it would lend authenticity to our film. In Chintuji, she plays someone who changes Rishi’s life.”

Bedi explained how they got in touch with Kseniya despite not having her contact number. “We got in touch with the Russian Film Commission and the Kapoors too had a few contacts in Russia. We contacted her and she thankfully agreed,” he said.

Kseniya in Mera Naam Joker

Raju (Raj Kapoor) works in a circus owned by Mahendra Singh (Dharmendra) where he meets Marina (Kseniya Ryabinkina), a Russian trapeze artist.  Despite the language barrier he falls in love with her. Raju’s heart breaks when the circus ends and Marina goes back to Russia.


3 Responses to "Mera Naam Joker’s actress to work with Rishi again"

I am so glad. I saw Mere Naam Joker as a child and loved it. Now I am glad I can see that glorious Russian Actress again in another movie!

i last night first time saw “MERA NAAM JOKER”.
this movie realy first time ever touch my heart.yes none of the movie movie comparing with this.
also i like kseniya and raj kapoors and also other stars acting.
realy the best.
i think the second part of this movie will be must hit the box office also this time.

The most beautiful actress in the world in my opinion.

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