December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!!!


To all those who visit this humble little blog:

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.

December 20, 2009

A Bollywood Christmas

Asha Parekh (Lata) sings a Christmas favorite...then follows it with the hauntingly beautiful "Aao Tumhe Aa Chand Pe Le Jaye."



And Helen celebrates with Santa!

December 12, 2009

Minoo Mumtaz Compilation DVD

Mister Naidu Proudly Presents...

A DVD (Including DVD-ROM PDF file) created by Tom Daniel.
All videos were remastered by Tom Daniel.


What is known about Minoo Mumtaz?
She's Mehmood's sister. And that's it. We don't know when or where she was born, anything about her family, childhood, dance training, early acting experiences, marriage (if any), children (if any), or even if she's still with us in the land of the living. All we have to go on is what remains in the films. That's a lot, for sure, but it's not nearly enough.She appeared as a fully mature actress and dancer in 1955 and appeared in 47 films, if IMDB's record is to be trusted. 1959 was her peak year when she appeared in 10 movies.

After 1964 her career was just about over, appearing in only 6 movies afterwards, and in no year more than one movie. So, effectively, her career lasted only 10 years. In some films she only acted, 1958's Yahudi, 1960's Bindya, and 1961's Chote Nawab being three examples. She often was paired with the male comic, and provided quite a bit of comedy herself, in dialog and sometimes with the dancing. She was often the female lead's best friend. And at least once she was the baddie (1959's Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan). But she's best known today for her glorious dancing. Whether a mujra, dancing as part of a qawaali, an item number or cabaret, classical or filmi, she mastered them all, and it's mostly for these dances that this DVD is being created. - Tom Daniel.


With brother Mehmood







With Kishore Kumar


With Johnny Walker





With Helen


Now available here at MediaFire. Can also be found at Bwtorrents.com in the "Music Videos DVD" section.

November 15, 2009

My Name Is Suzy

A collection of cabaret dances and other songs influenced by the west.


Starring
Laxmi Chhaya
Mumtaz
Bindu

With
Reena Roy
Sharmila Tagore
Rekha
Bela Bose
Hema Malini
Rajshree
Saira Banu
Zeenat Aman

And
Helen

Friendly Appearances by
Shammi Kapoor
Rajesh Khanna

The Monkees and Ted Lyons & His Cubs appear courtesy of Colgem Records. :D





















As usual, all videos were remastered to the best of my ability for optimal viewing pleasure.

Special thanks to PC!


Available here at Mediafire.

November 6, 2009

Hello Everybody!

And enjoy some more Helen magic as she performs Kalyanji Anandji's "Hello Hello" from Ek Shriman, Ek Shrimati.

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Visit Music From The Third Floor for more!

November 1, 2009

Song Of The Week

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Top-notch Helen performance from Man Mandir (1971). The groovy soundtrack for the movie was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Visit Music From The Third Floor for more!

October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Helen!

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Helen's character in "Prince" said "No one holds a candle to me." The following rare videos, all of which are unavailable on DVD, prove her point:
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Thanks priyanka61 for this great Helen video!

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September 21, 2009

Song Of The Week

Bollywood by way of Tajikistan as Tajik Jimmy sings "Jimmy Adja" from Disco Dancer during a coffee break!

September 9, 2009

Bollywood & The Beatles

Today, 9-9-09, marks the worldwide release of the newly remastered Beatles catalog. The Beales changed the world and Bollywood was no exception. What follows are songs that were heavily influenced by the Beatles' music. Special thanks to itwofs.com for compiling the list of songs.

First up, Shankar-Jaikishan's "Dil Use Do Jo Jaan De De" from Andaz (1971) which was inspired by "With A Little Help From My Friends" from 1967's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band."





Anu Malik's "Paagalpan Chaa Gayaa" from Jaanam (1992) is strikingly similar to "And I Love Her" from "A Hard Days Night" released in 1964.





Shankar-Jaikishan's "Dekho, Ab To" from Jaanwar (1964) draws heavy "inspiration" from "I Want To Hold Your Hand" released in 1964.


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"Jaane Bhi De Sanam Mujhe" from Around The World (1967) is another Shankar-Jaikishan song. This time they borrow some of the melody from the Beatles' "I'll Get You" from 1964.




Of course the Beatles, in particular George Harrison, were influenced by Indian classical music. In 1967, George studied the sitar with maestro Ravi Shankar.



Some would say George's "Within You, Without You" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has elements of Naushad's "Ek Shahinshah Ne Banavake" from Leader (1963).




In 1968, The Beatles went to India and studied transendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They also wrote some of their greatest songs while there. Many of which appeared on the "White Album." The Beatles occasionally used Indian instrumentation on their songs. "Norwegian Wood," "The Inner Light," and "Love You To" prominently feature the sitar, tabla and other musical instruments.

August 18, 2009

Helen of Bollywood - Volume 3


Now available at DesiTorrents
The third volume of the series spans 27 years of Helen's illustrious career from Alibaba And Forty Thieves (below) released in 1954 to Chorni (1981). As usual, all videos were remastered to the best of my ability for optimal viewing pleasure. So, I hope you enjoy them!




Here's a brief explanation of what was done technically:

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Grain and compression artifacts have been greatly reduced thanks to application of the Neat Video™ filter!
Video has been sharpened, brightened and color corrected as needed with various avisynth and virtualdub filters.

Subtitles

Added and retimed where needed (Chinatown, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai, Caravan, Chorni).

Audio

Hiss has been reduced when needed and volume normalization has been applied to all.

Tested on PowerDVD and various DVD players.

Any comments and feedback are welcome.

Get the DVD at DesiTorrents Here















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