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by Jerry Pinto  
Language: English
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Main saare zamaane ke gham ki dawaa hoon.

(I am the cure of all the sorrows of the world.)

€"Lyrics from Helen's song in the film Adhikaar (1971)

It is now over two decades since the Hindi-film heroine drove the vamp into extinction, and even longer since the silver screen was ignited by the true Bollywood version of a cabaret. Yet, Helen €"nicknamed €˜H-Bomb' at the height of her career €"continues to rule the popular imagination. Improbably, for a dancer and a vamp, she has become an icon.

Jerry Pinto's gloriously readable book is a study of the phenomenon that was Helen: Why did a refugee of French-Burmese parentage succeed as wildly as she did in Bollywood? How could otherwise conservative families sit through, and even enjoy, her €˜cabarets'? What made Helen €˜the desire that you need not be embarrassed about feeling'? How did she manage the unimaginable: vamp three generations of men on screen?

Equally, the book is a wonderfully witty and provocative examination of middle-class Indian morality; the politics of religion, gender and sexuality in popular culture; and the importance of the song, the item-number and the wayward woman in Hindi cinema.


Details Of Book : Helen

Book: Helen
ISBN: 0143031244
ISBN-13: 9780143031246
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2006-03-01
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Number of Pages: 264
Language: English
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