Rekha plays a courtesan with a heart of gold in Umrao Jaan (1981).

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 and request a post!

January 2012

The Lost Art of the Raga Mala

Guru Dutt and the Struggle to Break Free of Convention

The Strange World of Gumnaam: Agatha Christie Meets Bollywood

Making the Cut in Pakeezah

Losing Yourself in Jewel Thief

The Bollywood Horse and Buggy Song

February 2012

Lata Goes Cabaret!

Two or Three Things I Know about Mira Nair

Defining Bollywood Film Noir

Lymphosarcoma of the Intestine: The Making of A Bollywood Legend

Who is Mani Rabadi?

March 2012

How to Wink Like Bombay Superstar Rajesh Khanna

The Qawwali in Bollywood Films

Rabindranath Tagore’s Influence on S.D. Burman

April 2012

The Bollywood Bromance: Songs of Manly Love

The Immortal Dialogue of Pakeezah and English Translation

Buried Treasure: Bollywood Songs with Hidden Stanzas

May 2012

Perpetuating Gender Norms in Abhiman

Bollywood’s Beloved Sopranos: Lata and Asha’s Highest Notes

Old Bollywood Movie Posters: A Gallery of Fading Art

How to Dance Like Bollywood’s Helen

Meera Bhajans as Film Songs: The Saintlier Side of Bollywood

June 2012

Which Actor Did Hemant Kumar Sing For Best?

The Tragedy and Triumphs of Do Bigha Zameen

The Glorification of Alcohol in Hindi Cinema

July 2012

The Meaning of Zuby Zuby Jalembu

R.I.P. Rajesh Khanna: The Death of A Bollywood Superstar

The Evolution of the Bollywood Rain Song

August 2012

How to Play the Awkward Miffed Lover

Plagiarism in Hindi Film Music: Is Imitation the Most Sincere Form of Flattery?

September 2012

What is Eastmancolor?

October 2012

Yash Chopra: King of Bollywood Romance

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

November 2012

Diwali Songs From Classic Bollywood

December 2012

Five Anti-Feminist Bollywood Songs That Will Make You Cringe