Khilte Hain Gul Yahan Lyrics & Translation: Let’s Learn Urdu-Hindi

Today we showcase the lovely lyrics and English translation of “Khilte Hai Gul Yahaan” from Sharmilee (1971) in honor of beloved actor Shashi Kapoor’s passing this week. “Khilte Hai Gul Yahaan” exemplifies quintessential Bollywood Shashi Kapoor, although film-goers will also remember another very different and talented side of the actor who thrived in independent and… Continue reading →

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The History of Kissing in Bollywood: Timeline of a Taboo

Kissing in Bollywood films has been a volatile subject, a heated source of international ridicule and shame, for almost 100 years.  This blog post is likely to horrify just as many readers as it intrigues. What many people do not know is that the taboo of kissing in Hindi films has evolved so dramatically since… Continue reading →

Mera Kuch Saamaan Lyrics and Translation: Let’s Learn Urdu-Hindi

Released in 1987, Gulzar’s Ijaazat starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, and Anuradha Patel is a film that falls outside of the time period traditionally associated with the “Golden Era” of Hindi cinema. Although we tend to feature films from the 1950s-1970s on this blog, an exception must be made for this film because of its timeless soundtrack… Continue reading →

2013

Mr. and Mrs. 55 Bollywood Archives: Year 2013! Come search through our past musings on the films, music, and poetry of the Golden Age of Hindi cinema! From adornment with solah sringar to jumping out of eggs like Amitabh Bacchan, you’ll find it all at Mr. and Mrs 55. Fellow classic Bollywood fanatics, comment on… Continue reading →

A Definitive Ranking of Men’s Facial Hair in Classic Bollywood Films

Happy Movember! This lovely time of year is a month when men around the world grow out their mustaches to change the face of men’s healthcare–such as through raising awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Read more about the Movember Foundation here! Inspired by this movement, today we present a definitive ranking of men’s facial… Continue reading →