Cliff Janke is an American actor who currently works in the Indian film industry. Janke’s first notable Hindi movie was “Jaanleva 555”. Fans defined Jaanleva 555’s plot as a thriller in which a bunch of aspiring directors found themselves in the web of troubles in a village, and it is up to them to get rid of this trouble for a better future. Janke starred in this film as Steve who was cast along with Shona Chabra,
had directed this film.” Jaanleva 555” did not impress the audience and ended on a bitter note. At the time of its release, it was dominated by the late Yash Chopra’s swansong “
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
” and Ajay Devgn’s “Son of Sardaar”. Such a stiff competition ruled “Jaanleva 555” out of the race.
In 2014, Janke featured in the bilingual movie “Panithuli”. In “Panithuli”, the protagonist Shiva had fallen in love with Meera. However, Rajaraman who is Meera’s father happens to be an underworld don and ridicules the relationship. Hence, Rajaraman claims that Shiva would not remember his daughter after two years. Coincidentally, Shiva suffers from anterograde amnesia caused by an accident, which makes the viewers ponder about the possibility of Shiva not forgetting his girlfriend and hence prove Rajaraman wrong about his prophecy.
Cliff plays the role of Winston, an American citizen. The producer chose San Jose for its USA based scenes and wished to focus on the lives of Non-Resident Indians working for software companies. They also shot the movie in Hindi as well and released the Hindi version under the name “
Tum Ho Yaara
.” “Panithuli” got a lukewarm reception from the audience. Reviewers stated that the dialogues were cringe-worthy. They also noted that “Panithuli” had the potential to become a decent action flick but could not achieve due to its flawed script.
Anyways, “Panithuli” was an average grosser financially. Cliff Janke has also donned the hat of a producer. He co-produced a short video “Sulige Sikkidaaga”. Janke teamed up with the filmmaker Sundeep Malani and
for a Kannada-Tulu language project. “Sulige Sikkidaaga” focuses on women empowerment and gives a fitting tribute to every woman in the world. Cliff had a cameo in “Sulige Sikkidaaga” as well. He was also a part of “Jo Jo Laali” which brought up the issue of discrimination against HIV-AIDS patients. Janke is a frequent traveller, and he is an avid user of social media.