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Helen : The Making of a Bollywood H-Bomb

Release date: 5 March 2023
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It is now well over three decades since the Hindi-film heroine drove the vamp into extinction, an... Read More

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It is now well over three 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 a cabaret. Yet, Helen—nicknamed ‘H-Bomb’ at the height of her career—continues to rule the popular imagination. Improbably, for an ‘item girl’—who rarely appeared for more than five minutes in a movie—she has become an icon.

Jerry Pinto’s sparkling 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 gloriously 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 wayward woman in Hindi cinema.

Product Details

Title: Helen : The Making of a Bollywood H-Bomb
Author: Jerry Pinto
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0474547
EAN: 9789354474774
Number Of Pages: 272
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 March 2023

About Author

Jerry Pinto is a multi-award-winning and well-known poet, novelist, translator and journalist. His books include the novels Em and the Big Hoom, Murder in Mahim and The Education of Yuri and the anthologies The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood and Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai. Among the awards he has received are the Sahitya Akademi Award and Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize.

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