20 September 2006

Yet More Bollywood (The Stars! The Blogs!)

We've been exploring since the last post on Bombay Dreams, and here's some of what we've found (or re-discovered, in some cases):

Bollywood for the Skeptical wants you to love Bollywood films, or at least understand them better. To that end, author David Boyk offers up expanations of the films, the music, even the languages used. And he has posted a variety of mp3s, many of which date back to the 1960s and 1970s (like Lata Mangeshkar's "Mere Ghar Aayi Ek /An Angel Came to My House" from the 1976 film Kabhi Kabhie / Sometimes).

Bazaar Sounds is an Indian mp3 blog that hasn't been updated in a while, but includes some long tomes on music and artists, and some mp3 gems, including "Dekho Ab To" -- a cover of the Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by Mohd. Rafi and Asha Bhosle -- that alone makes your visit to the Bazaar worthwhile.

On that same topic, here's more Indian Beatles (reportedly Shammi Kapoor and his group):


And a number of blogs/sites take you "inside Bollywood" (or at least give a glimpse of the inside from the nearby outside), including Bollywood News, Bollywhat, and Bollywood Rumors. And for movie posters from India and neighboring Pakistan, look no farther than The Hot Spot Eye Candy Galleries, which promulgates such art as this gem.

Finally, our friends at WFMU's Beware of the Blog have a delicious Bollywood posting including a number of film clips, all focusing on what they call "the ticklish joys of Bollywood" as exemplified in the person of exotic vamp Helen, who most often protrayed the other woman, "whose loose morals, rebellious attitude, and scandalous wardrobe more often then not meant that she was destined to tragically die in the final reel." Check out their links to video clips, or the more upscale documentary Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls by Merchant Ivory Productions.

Tomorrow: Less Bollywood, more World Peace. We promise.


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