Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Music buffs wonder why. "Main Sunder Hoon" (1971)... Just that one film? Die-hard fans of music composers Shankar-Jaikishan, will immediately pipe in with their reasoning for aisa kyun!     Simplistic arguments of S-J fans range from, "Anand Bakshi's songs lacked lyrics; they were a string of words with mere 'tukbandi' (rhyming)." "Anand Bakshi's lyrics … Continue reading Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

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A bundle of verve, pizzazz… Helen!

Speaking of 'vamps' in Indian cinema's "golden era", I can't help but think of Helen... the epitome of verve and pizzazz! It will be hard to extoll virtues about this most elegant lady -- a contradiction, eh? But I only saw her on the Hindi cinema screen, usually in the role of the "other woman" … Continue reading A bundle of verve, pizzazz… Helen!