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HELEN: The Life And Times Of An H-Bomb
HELEN: The Life And Times Of An H-Bomb
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It is now over two decades since the Hindi-film heroine drove the vamp into extinction, and even longer since the silver screen was ignited by the true Bollywood version of cabared. Yet Helen- nicknamed 'H-Bomb' at the height of her career continues to rule the popular imagination. Improbably for a dance and a vamp. She has become an icon.

Jerry Pinto's gloriously readable book is a study of the phenomenon that was Helen: Why did a refugee of French- Burmese parentage succeed as wildly as she did in mainstream Indian cinema? How could otherwise conservative families sit through and even enjoy her cabarets? What made Helen the desire that you need not be embarrassed about feeling? How did she manage the unimaginable vamp three generations of men on screen?

Equally the book is a brilliantly witty and provocative examination of middle-class Indian morality; the politics of religion gender and sexuality in popular culture; and the importance of the song, the item number and the wayword woman in Hindi cinema.

CONTENTS

Introduction 1
The making of an H-Bomb-I 13
The making of an H-Bomb-II 35
The woman who could not care 44
Main gud ki dali 63
Good girls, bad girls 85
The cure of all the sorrows of the worlds 102
She was dying to become a good girls 119
The comic comes courting 133
Rolled gold versus gold 150
Fade out, Fade in 169
The making of a legend 187
The cult of Helen 206
Acknowledgements 220
List of photographs 222
Filmography 223

HELEN: The Life And Times Of An H-Bomb

Item Code:
IDF526
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2006
Publisher:
ISBN:
0143031244
Language:
English
Size:
7.7" X 5.1"
Pages:
256 (B & W Illus: 21)
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From the Back of the Book:

It is now over two decades since the Hindi-film heroine drove the vamp into extinction, and even longer since the silver screen was ignited by the true Bollywood version of cabared. Yet Helen- nicknamed 'H-Bomb' at the height of her career continues to rule the popular imagination. Improbably for a dance and a vamp. She has become an icon.

Jerry Pinto's gloriously readable book is a study of the phenomenon that was Helen: Why did a refugee of French- Burmese parentage succeed as wildly as she did in mainstream Indian cinema? How could otherwise conservative families sit through and even enjoy her cabarets? What made Helen the desire that you need not be embarrassed about feeling? How did she manage the unimaginable vamp three generations of men on screen?

Equally the book is a brilliantly witty and provocative examination of middle-class Indian morality; the politics of religion gender and sexuality in popular culture; and the importance of the song, the item number and the wayword woman in Hindi cinema.

CONTENTS

Introduction 1
The making of an H-Bomb-I 13
The making of an H-Bomb-II 35
The woman who could not care 44
Main gud ki dali 63
Good girls, bad girls 85
The cure of all the sorrows of the worlds 102
She was dying to become a good girls 119
The comic comes courting 133
Rolled gold versus gold 150
Fade out, Fade in 169
The making of a legend 187
The cult of Helen 206
Acknowledgements 220
List of photographs 222
Filmography 223

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