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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading

Retro Bollywood Hairstyles from Caravan (1971): Wigs, Teasing, and More Wigs

In India in the 60s and early 70s, Hindi film heroines were notorious for sporting heavy wig pieces day-to-day that added volume, glamour, and pizazz. Hairdos in India from that time period sought to create works of art atop a … Continue reading