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Mr. and Mrs. 55 Classic Bollywood Revisited

Mr. and Mrs. 55–Classic Bollywood Revisited!

Two Harvard students relive the magic and music of old Bollywood cinema!

Mr. and Mrs. 55 are two twenty-something Harvard students who are clearly stuck in the wrong century. When they first met at Harvard, they instantly bonded over a common love and appreciation for all things related to Bollywood movies from the ’50s and ’60s. Many long nights were spent discussing the origins of Urdu vocabulary from obscure film dialogues, the never-ending Lata vs. Asha debate, and the awesomeness of Rajesh Khanna’s hairstyle. Mr. 55 is a classical Western and Indian pianist, a dedicated Hindi-Urdu student, and perhaps most importantly, an ardent fan of Lata Mangeshkar. Mrs. 55 is a Hindustani classical singer and Kuchipudi dancer, a film production major, and above all, a die-hard Mohammed Rafi groupie. Here, Mr. and Mrs. 55 have joined forces to share their Hindi lyric translations of classic Bollywood songs and their musings on the movies, music, and poetry from the Golden Age of Hindi cinema. Enjoy!

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  1. I am deeply interested in writing an article on you people. Please send me all the details about you people.
    With best wishes.
    AYAZ PARWEZ
    Journalist
    HINDUSTAN TIMES
    Buddh Marg
    PATNA-800 001.
    (INDIA)
    Dated: July 27′ 2012.

  2. This is one of those moments – I thought I was the only one who sat on the North American (Montreal) continent and spent my nights listening to Bollywood songs of the 50’s and 60’s. I am glad to know there are others like me, although I must say that starting a blog about it never occurred to me though I am an aspiring writer (or maybe that is why), and have been trying to incorporate the golden age of the Bombay Film Industry into my fiction.

  3. You are doing an invaluable service to the lovers of music of ester years like me.
    I dont know how to thank you for this great gift to us.

    Sreedhar

  4. I found your link while looking for translation of a hindi song, and I just couldn’t stop going through your posts!! What a fun and fabulous website you have created! I have just started posting my hindi songs (in my voice) on http://www.qyuki.com/Id/Jaee.Pathak/creations and several non-Indian friends always ask me for translations. I will be sure to visit your site for related facts and details. Thanks for sharing your interest and awesome research.

  5. Hi guys, I would like to congratulate you with your wonderful blog. I love the attention for the old Bollywood songs and I especially very much appreciate the focus on Hindi as well as on Urdu words in the songs. I am quite sorry that Urdu is appreciated much less nowadays. Thank you for the translations and explanations of songs as well as the other facts you post. And happy Independence day!

  6. I just saw Your Blog as i was seeking to find a good translation for the gem, jurm-e-ulfat…of Sahir from Taj Mahal. You both are doing a great job. I am going to go through everything here soonest and get back. God Bless You. D S RAO

  7. hey what a great blog i stumbled upon while googling for Nutan…. and that odd heroine Ameeta who is supposed to have been disillusioned with her fate in Bollywood is my kind of heroine although dumped by bollywood for Asha Parekh.. seriously Ameeta is more chirpy and nice than Asha.. continuing with my fascination for that odd heroine who never stole the limelight is another in Kalpana Karthik, so chirpy and bubbly

    I am so delighted that a couple as young as you are, can write a blog over which the 50 something like me are feasting. A BIG THANK YOU!

    And I also liked Shakira…

    So write about them… will wait for your posts..

  8. @COMPLUSIVE SCRIBE…I thought i was crazy when i wished god would paint the skies with stills and flicks from black and white era of bollywood be it nargis or nutan or waheeda…

  9. I just now discovered your site, and what a great thing it is. Thank you. I will come to visit you every day from now on.

  10. Fantastic translations, exactly what I need to enable me to understand the songs better. Hope you can add more lyrics later.

  11. amazing, isnt it? how do two twenty-something students who ordinarily be loathe to indulge in films of a past era, be so immersed in it? just proves that old is gold!

  12. vintage shows
    you chose the title from a film called mr and mrs 55
    smart indeed
    nostalgia aplenty
    as a person who grew up on “Bolly-fodder”, this blog is superb. and takes me back to teh days of superlative cinema

  13. Stumbled upon this today. As a non hindi speaker and a lover of these songs, this is a treat. Great writing as well. Keep it up!

  14. Hello. This is a very nice blog; I need to spend more time here.

    I have finally added you to my blogroll at Dances on the Footpath (which will probably be linked from this comment – right?), and I noticed, while stopping here today, that we seem to have semi-matching image headers. LOL I change mine pretty frequently, but I chose Meena’s Pakeezah eyes today for obvious reasons… I thought I was being original! Well, I hope you don’t mind.

    You specialize in the ’50s and ’60s… In recent years, I have actually favored the 1940s most. (I am a Noor Jehan groupie… Or maybe a Suraiya groupie…) But we all love an early 1970s film called Pakeezah! (Of course, it was started way before then…)

    Anyway, as I was saying, I think I will be visiting here more often, and will “speak” to you again soon!

  15. hi,

    Stumbled upon your blog while searching for a translation of “Chalte Chalte” from Pakeezah. The two of you have done an excellent work. As a south Indian who some how got caught up with hindi songs ( through a couple of hand-me-down cassettes by HMV- a Dev Anand hits and part 2 of kishore kumar hits!), struck a chord with the old composers and their songs; and through some effort learned to understand half of what was being sung – your blog is a treasure trove.

    These songs introduced me to the great poetic language Urdu! and its poets… So much so that i dream; reading those great poets without a dictionary at hand, one of these days

    Added my email to your mailing list.
    Might disturb you with a few requests of my own one of these days…

    Thanks

  16. Great job. Excellent analyses of the songs. Came here looking for lyrics and meanings.
    Are you guys really 20-somethings? Keep up the good work.

  17. Great material, I was searching for a song where the heroine is burried alive while singing a song and look what I found!, a well balanced blog w/o bs , keep it going

  18. Dear lovely Harvard couple,

    Simply fantastic and a high quality work of excellent creativity. Makes a superb gift to lovers of music of the golden era of Indian Cinema.

    Cannot thank you both enough for this gem of a musical treasure and would love to send you a personal message by name if I could have the relevant information. You just deserve my utmost praise, sincere thanks and thoughtful gratitude for conceiving and creating a magnificent and delightful site as good and appealing as this.

  19. Hey guys, enjoying your blog. Loved the way you analysed the shots from the film “Haqueekat” as also the translation of the lyrics. I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog but am just enjoying the stuff. Find it hard to believe that you are 20-somethings! Have you finalised on the song for your engagement dance? Do keep us informed. Would love to be in touch with you and perhaps write about you and your blog, if you are game for it. You sound so talented. Happy Independence Day.

  20. I stumbled onto this while searching for the translation of “Kissi Pathar Ki Murat Ko”. Good work guys! These old songs have such beautiful lyrics and to be able to expand my hindi/urdu vocabulary is awesome!

  21. I came upon your website while looking up the lyrics of the Hum Dono Song: “Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chalaa Gaya.” Your translation of the lyrics and the context was brilliant and inspiring. I am a big fan of your blog from hereon!
    Jay

  22. I stumbled upon this place while searching more info on “Na To Carvaan Ki Talaash Hai”, a timeless qawalli. And I was hooked πŸ™‚ Please keep up this place.

  23. Awesome blog. You’ve got yourself a new fan from Holland. I stumbled upon this blog when I was searching for the lyrics of Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Tha from Pakeez. I love the 50s and 60s of Hindi cinema. I am eager to learn more about it. I’m also immersing myself in the Hindi language. Where can we listen online to your singing and music?

  24. So awesome to have stumbled upon your blog (while searching for a good translation of Main Zindagi ko nibhaata…). Thank you!

  25. Your website makes me really happy. I loved the same music and movies in Johns Hopkins 20 years ago, and somehow drifted away. But its real nice to be back.

  26. thanks for the help. i am trying to learn urdu through bollywood. but my friend told me that would be like crossing the english channel holding on to on the tail of a rabbit. but i am determined to try!

  27. Hi there, Mr. and Mrs. 55,

    As part of a blogparade of German bloggers, I named you one of my two favourite Bollywood blogs. Here’s the link to my blogpost: http://blog.hartmutpospiech.de. Alas, it’s in German. But I can tell you that I like your stuff, especially your lyric translations, and it has helped me a lot to understand lyrics while working on my novel about a loner who likes old Bollywood movies. Alas, it’s in German, too. And, it isn’t out yet. But let me tell that it is nice to know that there are some people out there who share my passion.

    Good work!

    Hartmut from Hamburg, Germany

    PS: Here’s the link to the blogparade:

    https://internetblogger.de/2016/07/blogparade-vernetze-dich-und-stelle-zwei-blogs-deiner-nische-vor/

  28. I was following your blog for more than a year but recently saw you guys on FB too and hence this post . I am amazed with your passion to 50s and 60s and which is according to most of the people is the Golden era of hindi cinema . I am very happy to know that Mrs 55 is also a Rafi fan just like me . Keep up the good work guys .

  29. Its a great blog!!! i am a fan of 50s & 60s hindi film music. i wanted to know the meaning of a few words in the song chalo ik baar phir se and inhi logon ne. thats when i came across your site.

  30. Heard that one doesn’t even have time to scratch their heads at Havard? Surprising how you guys manage time for this. Anyways, good going. Keep it up but I am really curious to know πŸ™‚

    • when one loves doing something, one (maybe two !) will find (set aside)time for that enjoyable pastime.you could try it sometime !.

  31. And I stumbled on to your site looking for the meaning of that Umrao Jaan favourite – yeh kya jagah hai dosto”. Thank you!

  32. Very interesting bio of you both! Seems like cupid was waiting for both of you to show up at Harvard, before letting go the arrows πŸ™‚
    Good for music lovers like us too πŸ™‚

  33. Hi (Guys -) …. I left a comment on the song ‘Dum bhar ke udhar munh Phere, O Chanda-aaa’ from Awaara. But I still felt I had not praised you enough, so I came to your home page.
    You look and ‘feel’ like a wonderful couple ( if I may say so – ) . Let me enumerate what I want to say:
    1. You are not only good in Hindi-Urdu, but also have a very strong command over the english – which is what a proper translator should be – you always translate ‘into’ your major language ( akin to mother tongue -)…. never the other way around. Your use of idioms and efforts to be faithful to the culture and significance of the lyric writer, are very commendable.
    2. Your passion, obsession and dedication engulfs your writings. Even the dreariest writings can become masterpieces under the charm of a marvellous translator. Examples are Edward FitzGerald’s rendering ot The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’. The quatrains / verses may not rhyme in the persian – but they certainly, rhyme, oh so well, in the English !!@!
    3. Fimally, the fact that you two, were dedicated and persevering enough, to get into Harvard, doesn’t hurt your cause, either. πŸ˜‰ Lol.
    Best wishes for the future, in whatever field you decide to shine, in your lives.

  34. Great blog! I especially love the translation of Hindi film songs. The cover photos look so good; however, you need the big black umbrella of Shri 420! Sorry to nitpick! Keep up the excellent work! πŸ™‚

  35. Love this blog! It is always so tedious to find English translations to my favourite Bollywood songs…but they’re all here!

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