April 7, 2013

Helen - Woman of a Thousand Faces

Silent film star Lon Chaney was known as the Man of a Thousand Faces due to his ability to transform himself into the many different characters in his films. But I think that since Helen had so many different looks throughout her long and storied career, that she should be thought of as the female counterpart to Mr. Chaney. So, I've created a short slideshow to prove my point. Enjoy :)

April 3, 2013

Ankh Ladti Hai Lad Jane De - Parmatma (1978)

Fantabulous dance and song from Parmatma (1978). Helen gyrates her hips mightily while showing off her curvaceous Latin figure. Latin? Yes, she's 75% Latin & 25% Burmese :tup. For this song, she's in full-blown hippie mode. She wears tight hip-hugging bell bottom pants along with a sexy knot blouse, and tops off her attire with a headband around her long brown hair. Groovy! \m/ Also, the video of the song is simply fantastic 8).

Ankh Ladti Hai Lad Jane De is a really great western-sounding song that could have fit nicely in any Santana album from that era. Electric guitar and Moog Synthesizer are featured prominently throughout the track and in most of the songs in the movie. K Babauji wrote the soundtrack, and many of the songs have a strong RD Burman vibe, Parmatma Title Music and Suraangini Kamaal Karegi in particular. Imo, Parmatma may be the best RD Burmanesque soundtrack written by someone else. One can only hope that someday someone rips it from a vinyl LP and gives it the spotlight it so richly deserves.

Btw, Ankh Ladti Hai Lad Jane De has been added to the Radio Helen playlist. Enjoy!

March 19, 2013

RDB Music

Groove to this sweet mix of some of RD Burman's finest instrumental compositions created by PC of Music from the Third Floor. :tup :tup

RDBMusic by Mft3f on Mixcloud

March 17, 2013

Video of the week

Here's a short video recap of Helen's life and career in Hindi. Watch for the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award footage with Salman Khan, which they lifted from my upload that I made 2 years ago on YouTube. You're welcome, Ultra. xD

March 2, 2013

February 27, 2013

December 24, 2011

Asha Bhosle: One Two Cha Cha Cha...

The time has come to put this humble little blog into hibernation.

I leave you all with my favorite singer doing one of my favorite songs. Enjoy!

Btw, Mrs. Naidu and I will be attending her concert:
Asha Bhosle: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow at the legendary Carnegie Hall (Practice...Practice...Practice* :D) on February 17, 2012.
Is there any chance that Helen will be one of the celebrity guests? :D

Finally, to anyone who stumbles upon this blog: all the Mediafire links should work as long they don't expire due to inactivity. The Bwtorrents links will also be good as long as someone is left to seed them to you.

It's been fun :D

All things must pass, all things must pass away - George Harrison

*How do you get to Carnegie Hall? :)

Merry Crimble and a Happy Goo Year - John Lennon

December 23, 2011

She was just 17 ♫

Helen dances in Hatim Tai (1956) to "Hum Azaad Hoon Jahan." It's her 2nd color film. Mayur Pankh (1954) was the first.

Enjoy the magic of Helen!

December 22, 2011

Helen Dhamaka 3 (Screenshots)

Here are some screenshots from my Helen Dhamaka 3 DVD. Above is Helen in a heretofore uncredited appearance in a film from the early 50's. You won't find any mention of this in any filmography or book :)

This DVD is a work in progress and isn't yet ready for public consumption. Volume 3 features lots of rare videos and upgrades that are very hard, if not impossible, to find on DVD, VCD or Youtube. Many audio synching problems have been properly adjusted on these videos so that the choreography matches the music exactly. And various video enhancements have been applied as well to some of the videos. I think most Helen fans will be very pleased after viewing the finished DVD :)

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