Happy Birthday Pran!!!

Happy Birthday Pran!

What a perfect time for you to stop over to:

PRAN – The legend of Hindi Cinema: A Glowing Tribute to the “Villain of the Millenium.”

Born on 12th. February,1920 at Delhi, Pran is endowed with a super intellect and equipped with the natural gift of an artist. He is generous, noble, emotional and a sensitive soul. Refined and cultured in his outlook and habits. he commands the highest respect and is loved and admired by everyone. (source)

The site is a shrine to the  extrodinary  villain and has a lot of great information and a comprehensive photo gallery of Pran.  I am particularly fond of the paintings of Pran.

To honor Pran on his birthday, I offer my visual gift of screen caps of the villain, a little something I like to call…

Pran aur Flask

I first fell for Pran in Zanjeer (1973), but since he was a nice guy in that it doesn’t quite count.  I also loved him abandoning /losing his children, toting that box of gold around,washing shoes with whiskey, etc. in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977).  It is as the pure villain where Pran really shines, innit?  I adored his arrogance in Brahmchari (1968) and his cold, cold heart in Purab Aur Paschim (1970). Now duniya, tell me, what are your favorite Pran films? When did you first fall in love with Pran and why?

Pran’s website states:

Send letters to your favourite Actor on this address

Mr. Pran Sikand
7th Floor, ‘Eden Roc’ Building
25, Union Park, Khar
Mumbai 400 052

It’s too late to get him a birthday card on time, but I may just send him a little greeting telling him how much I adore his work.  Maybe you will want to as well.   Now let’s party with Pran for his birthday:

Yes Pran, it’s me Suzy (aka Sita-ji) and I do really love you!

Read a bit more about Pran HERE and watch a video of him in his home from 2008 where he’s looking fantastic, feeding his dogs some biscuits.

Dharmatma (1975) Feroz Khan does The Godfather, Bollywood style

When Feroz Khan died earlier this year, I thought I’d better see a few more of his films in order to pay tribute to his career.  One of the most mentioned films of Khan’s career seemed to be Dharmatma (1975), so I watched it.

Feroz Khan, who has died aged 69, was an Indian actor and producer who became one of Bollywood’s biggest stars; with his swagger and tough-guy styling he was compared to American leading men like Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen. He based one typically all-action picture, Dharmatma (1975), on Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning film, The Godfather, and starred in another as a suave racing driver who wins the world championship. Later he appeared in a series of cowboy films that aped the Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone – they became known as Curry Westerns. (source)

First off, let me get this spectacular image out of the way:

Hema Malini’s character declaring her orphan-hood.

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Don’t you think that reel for reel Bollywood may have the highest occurrence of orphans than any other film industry in the world?  Now back to the movie Dharmatma (1975), which is essentially supposed to be a Hindustani-ized version of The  Godfather.  One thing The Godfather doesn’t have is Helen.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the film I copied from IMDB:

DHARMATMAWealthy, powerful and influential Seth Dharamdas leads a financially secure life in a palatial mansion. He is known to come to the aid of all people who are beyond any hope of assistance, and this leads to him being known as “Dharmatma”. But Seth Dharamdas does have a number of skeletons in his closet, and a parallel life as a gangster. The only person Dharamdas hates and fears is none other than his very own son, Ranbir, who has sworn that he will never compromise with his father’s dark career, and threatens to expose him. Dharamdas has never conceded surrender or defeat at the hands of any mortal, and will never even consider to do so – even if this means the death of Ranbir. (by rAjOo)

Rekha plays a smaller part in this film and is in love with  the rugged, morally upstanding Ranbir (Feroz Khan).darmatma.enemies

Alas,  Ranbir has sets his sights on Reshma (Hema Malini) a girl living over the border in Afghanistan, since it’s never quite Bollywood until there’s a love triangle.  I enjoyed the lavish tent like home where Hema’s character lived. It looked like a high class yurt, but I thought yurts were in Mongolia, not Afghanistan, right?   Even in this opulently decorated  tent, she’s stifled

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Her adoptive father isn’t going for her relationship with a man of another culture, but she does what she can to change his heart and mind.

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For a taste of that nomadic life, enjoy Meri Galiyon Se, featuring playback singer Lata Mangeshkar with the music of Kalyanji Anandji, and picturized on Hema Malini in some nomadic camp in Afghanistan, or maybe it’s in movie studio, you be the judge. Both Danny Denzongpa and Khan’s character are smitten with Hema’s Reshma. Who will win her love?

Besides digging the hip 70’s vibe of this flick, I was delighted to find it had one of my favorites, Farida Jalal, who played Mona, the sister to Feroz Khan’s Ranbir.  Unfortunately, she’s married to a dacoit, Kundan (Imtiaz Khan) but it takes her sometime to figure this out.  Kundan’s  gangster side kicks are played by Ranjeet and Sudhir, who wear matching outfits throughout the film.  Their shirts are always open, and often made of sheer fabrics. They are very, very bad men, but more on them later.

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Wait a minute, even the good guy wears an open, chest hair bearing shirt a lot of the time:

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Eventually Mona lets her creepy gangster husband know that she doesn’t like the lowly company he’s keeping which causes some marital strife.

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Doesn’t she know this is Bollywood and a woman cannot talk to a man in such a way without suffering a tight slap to the face?  Even I saw that one coming.

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Mona’s husband may be a hopeless pig, but her brother is reliable and caring.   Everything is fine on Raksha Bandhan and she ties a rakhi on brother Ranbir.  Look how sweet!

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Yet moments later she changes her warm feelings when she realizes that …

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Can’t you almost feel that tight slap to the face, or at least hear it?  When I saw this in the opening credits I was very pleased:

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I’m a big Ranjeet fan.  It’s most likely psychologically problematic that I find his bad boy characters irresistibly attractive, but I’ll work that out on my own time.  dharmatma.sudhirNormally I love Ranjeet, but his character was so extra creepy in Dharmatma, that I found him only mildly hot, not ultra hot.  Hats off to his acting distracting me from his beauty. Was is due to being paired with a creepy sidekick played by Sudhir that was too much?  Who knows, but together in their sheer, unbuttoned, and always matching shirts, they were repulsive. I looked forward to seeing each new outfit.

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Their characters were abusive and drunk most of the time. Take a nice look at them here. I believe there can never be enough photos of Ranjeet out there for the world to see, no matter what.

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Ranjeet wears a pinky ring here, which is a tell tale sign of villain-hood:

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Now allow Feroz Khan’s memory to live on and please read his words of wisdom.

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Karen’s goldmine of Bollywood images. Images galore!

Back in June I posted about Karen’s Blog, Everything Bollywood, This is the Opium to the Masses. Having found the gold mine of Bollywood photos on her site and then reading Karen’s sad words: “Regarding anyone who has interest in my blog, if it hasn’t already become apparent, i have pretty much abandoned this blog. reason being that i thought that no one cared about this blog so i stopped doing stuff with it,” I was alarmed that maybe the blog would be removed. I also feared that I’d loose the link to her other source of the great photos, her picaweb albums. Thankfully Karen posted a few comments here and provided the links to her picaweb albums and also let the world know that most of the dead links on her blog were fixed. Her blog is also back up and running! Look what she had to say here:

Thanx to Sitaji, bollywoodfoodclub, memsaab, bollywoodblogger, nirmal loves nihangs, thebollywoodfan and Anonymous I have decided not to kill this blog! Instead of posting pics directly onto this blog I have uploaded them into Google web albums instead. All of the links are posted on the Left side of blog so you can view all of the pics there! I’m still shifting stuff around so i will change the links again! Please feel free to leave comments here or at web albums pics, I will reply as soon as possible! Enjoy the pics!

If Karen’s massive photo uploading efforts could be portrayed in a picture it would be this one: Karen (here taking the form of Helen) offering up the intoxicating images to us all, and we’re so cool, we’re Don!

Thanks to Karen I’d like to post those album links here. She’s done a fantastic job of gathering lakhs, maybe even crores, of dazzling images from our beloved Indian Film Industry, affectionately known to many as Bollywood. I’m warning you, there are thousands of images and you will end up spending more time than expected browsing. Beware dosto. Here are Karen’s 4 main galleries:

Actor Pictures can be found HERE! Like this one of a Zanjeer promotion, that I found in Mandy’s public gallery which contains 41 albums. The Groups album that contained this photo has 400 more photos!

Yesteryear Actresses and Couples Pictures can be found HERE! I found this in the Sadhana Album:

Actors and Actresses from the 90’s are HERE! Karen’s put together 76 albums, some containing hundreds of these pictures from the 1990s. If you like Maduri Dixit, then this is your place!

If you think it couldn’t possibly get any better, you’re wrong, it can! Karen’s last gallery contains 33 albums of Movie Posters, Albums, Pressbooks, Lobby Cards and everything else associated with the movies that you can find HERE!

Thanks to YOU again Karen!

Many will enjoy these images, and some like me may even risk losing their jobs if they continue to spend time looking at everything Karen’s posted.  Wait, there were 2 images that I found a little disturbing, which I shall leave you with links to, as I don’t want to startle anyone by boldly posting them here. I do want to be discreet afterall. This is one and this is the other.

All photos used in this post are of course courtesy of Karen.

 

Video of the Day: “Hoton Pe Aisi Baat” from Jewel Thief (1967)

It’s been a Jewel Thief  week. 3 videos featuring 3 of the women stars have been featured earlier this week. 

I asked which of the women was the best match the jewel thief, Dev Anand: super spunky Anju (Tanuja), sensitive Shalu (Vyjayanthimala) or the vivascious Helen?  All through Jewel Thief  I kept wondering how Vyjayanthimala could be in a movie without dancing?

 

Then finally at the movie’s climax she delivered in this fantastic number “Hoton Pe Aisi Baat” with Lata Mangeshkar  as the playback singer. Once again the music is by S.D. Burman.  It’s because of this number that I officially choose Vyjayanthimala as my match for the jewel thief:

Thanks to crandallmcgee for the video

And for a little extra fun, since I love to see Johnnie Walker used in Bollywood movies, not to be confused with Johnny Walker, who I also like to see in Bollywood movies, I’ll include a few screen images from the movie featuring Johnnie Walker.

Food and whisky for days!

  

Video of the Day: “Baithe Hain Kya Usike Paas” from Jewel Thief (1967)

If the last 2 numbers featured from Jewel Thief (1967) I posted here don’t make you want to see the movie, this one will. Two days back there was the heartfelt Rula Ke gaya Sapna Mera,” then there was the upbeat Raat Akeli Hai.” I posed the question about who you think Dev Anand, the jewel thief, should choose: super spunky Anju (Tanuja) or sensitive Shalu (Vyjayanthimala)? Well now there’s another lady in the film to consider:

Helen, queen of the nautch girls!

Once again here’s playback singer extrodinaire, Asha Bhosle, and music by S.D. Burman with the madcapped, over the top,“Baithe Hain Kya Usike Paas.”

Warning: this video is hot!

Thanks to crandallmcgee for the video.

 

Video of the Day: Merry Christmas Bollywood style! from Kalicharan (1976)

For Holiday Wishes of All the Best from The BollywoodFoodClub click here, it’s worth the wait!

Searching the internet with the light of Rudoplh’s nose and found the perfect video prepared for you by Poptique of Youtube, and may I quote:

kalicapture05.jpgHello, Poptique here. This is the kind of Christmas Party I like best – funky themes from Kalyanji Anandji, a Mariachi band with toy space-guns, nefarious gangsters up to no good and best of all the legendary H-bomb groovin’ away in a festive dance number to beat them all! Keep watching for a surprise special guest…The clip this comes from the 1976 Hindi action-thriller KALICHARAN available on VCD from Ultraindia. It’s been uploaded for review purposes at www.poptique.blogspot.com – if you enjoyed the clip please consider purchasing the VCD from www.ultraindia.com


 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! A Bollywood ChristmasHelen & Festive Guests in Kalicharan (1976):

Video of the Day: “Mehbooba O Mehbooba” from Sholay, 1975

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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with today’s video starring Helen dancing to “Mehbooba Mehbooba,” sung by R. D. Burman from Sholay. Here are the LYRICS.

180px-y_gabbar_thakur.jpgSholay (Hindi: शोले, Urdu: شعلے) (advertised in English as fire is the biggest blockbuster in the history of Bollywood, India’s Hindi film industry. It was released in 1975 and starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan as the timeless villain, Gabbar Singh. It is the highest grossing film of all time in India. It has earned Rs. 2,36,45,00,000 equivalent to US$ 60 million, after adjusting for inflation. In 1999, BBC India declared it the “Film of the Millennium”; in 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards awarded it with a special award called Filmfare Best Film of 50 YearsIndiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. When first released the film was declared a commercial disaster. Word of mouth convinced movie-goers to give the film a chance and soon it became a box-office phenomenon. It ran for 286 weeks straight (more than five years) in one Mumbai theatre, the Minerva. Sholay racked up a still record 60 golden jubilees across India, and doubled its original gross over reruns during the late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Sholay was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theatres across India. To date, more than 1,100 prints of Sholay are in circulation-the highest number for any Hindi film. (wikipedia)

Helen again, “Yeh Mera Dil” from Don

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Don (1978), stars Amitabh Bachchan, Pran, Zeenat Aman and Helen .

“Yeh Mera Dil”
Sung by Asha Bhosle
Composed by Kalyanji Veerji Shah & Anandji Veerji Shah
Lyrics by Indivar

Don: I am a wanted man by the police, but you must understand one simple fact… it is not difficult to catch Don, it is impossible!

Watch Helen‘s attempts at seduction here:

Video of the Day: Helen dancing on a typewriter from Bombay Talkie

Well better late than never for the video of the day.

shareef-helen.jpg I was busy all day typing, so this video is a good fit.

It’s a short excerpt from the movie, Bombay Talkie (1970) where Helen dances on a typewriter.

And you wonder billions of people LOVE Bollywood?

I need to see this movie!

Want to know more about Bollywood’s beloved Helen Richardson?

Read this:

  • Rediff magazine profile of Helen