Jai Jai Shiv Shankar Lyrics and Translation: Let’s Learn Urdu-Hindi

Today we showcase the lyrics and English translation to “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar” from Aap Ki Kasam (1974). What started as an innocent trip to the temple by newlyweds Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz to pray for a child together turns quickly into a hippie dance party (complete with bhang). The irony-laced, quasi-devotional “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar” that ensues is one… Continue reading →

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Who Is Mani Rabadi?

You’ve probably never heard of Mani Rabadi, but I’ll bet you’ve seen her work before. A behind-the-scenes legend, Mani Rabadi was a fashion designer to the stars. This woman was the final word in costume design for Bollywood films of the 60s and 70s (even continuing to work until Hum Aapke Hain Kaun in 1994)!… Continue reading →

Who Is Minoo Purshottam? Appreciation from a Former Student

Minoo Purshottam was an acclaimed Bollywood playback singer of the 1960s and 70s. She lived in the era dominated by the famous soprano sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle, fighting for the ground they couldn’t cover—and scoring! Continuing our slant of broadcasting the unsung heroes of classic Bollywood, I now introduce you to Minoo Purshottam,… Continue reading →

Bollywood Mysteries

Classic Bollywood for Dummies: Decoding the Hidden Signs, Tricks, and Cliches What Killed Madhubala: A Close Look at the Death of a Bollywood Icon What is Solah Singaar? Who Is Anthony Gonsalves? What Is Eastmancolor? Lymphosarcoma of the Intestine: The Making of a Bollywood Legend The Meaning of Zuby Zuby Jalembu Who Is Mani Rabadi?

2012

Mr. and Mrs. 55 Bollywood Archives: Year 2012! Come search through our past musings on the films, music, and poetry of the Golden Age of Hindi cinema! From constructing a raga mala to winking like Rajesh Khanna, you’ll find it all at Mr. and Mrs 55. Fellow classic Bollywood fanatics, comment on what you love… Continue reading →