Rest In Peace Parveen Babi

I always wondered where all the top bollywood actress of the 70s have gone?  Parveen Babi was one of those pretty modern actresses.  I always remember her in the songs from the film Shaan and Amar Akbar Antony, which was a hit.  When I was little, you hear sad stories about actresses getting murdered.  I just wanted to find out the truth.


Above image is from the film, Shaan.

Image This image is from the film: Amar Akbar Antony.

After searching and poking around for information, I find out that a new film called “Woh Lamhe” – A Mahesh Bhatt film, stars Shiney and Kangana, was a tribute film for Parveen Babi.  Based on her life story.  Makes you sad.  It is normal to suffer from depression, and be sad, unhappy.  It is like drowning.


Above the the film poster for ‘Woh Lamhe’.

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On the left is Kangana Ranaut and on the right is Parveen Babi from film Namak Halal.

Their hair do’s – don’t you think they look similar?!

Here are some links about Parveen Babi on youtube:


Girl Power Films in Bollywood.


What do you link girl power to?  Spice girls?  feminists? Strong minded women.  Bold, audacious  women who can speak up to others.  Women who fight back.  I was thinking about the films I grew up with.  Bollywood movies.  Last year, it was 100 years of Indian Cinema, did you know that?  Great news isn’t it?!  

My mother, amajee, is what I call her, which means mum, mummy in Bengali.  She had a video cassette which had clips of songs from bollywood films, she liked, including bits of tom and jerry (which my sister accidentally recorded over) and interviews of famous stars like Helen, a famous and talented cabaret dancer, a smooth criminal.  Sizzling, sexy, stylish and very professional.  Helen used to do all the hit icon songs in all the bollywood films.  Never did she look dirty, dishonest, cheap and someone you wouldn’t look up to.  Ah can’t think of the word.  Some of her outfits were exposing, yet she always had her skin covered.  Helen was good at her work. The image that always pops into my head is the song from the film “Caravan” where she wears a red dress. A very romantic and stunning song.

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Also there was clips from other female stars, singers. Lata Mangeshkar. Her career began in 1942 and I believe she is still singing to date. Lata has dedicated her life to music. Another successful woman.

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So films in India, do they depict the strong minded, girl power in films? Well, I had a deep sit down and think. Here are some of the titles, which I came up with. Films, which have influenced me in my life. Some which are classics, and I watched as child, but never really understanding until now. A full bloomed woman. As my list goes on, you may notice, there are not many. Unfortunately, that is true. Bolly wood films always focus on how strong men are. The list for brilliant ‘man power’ hero’s can go one forever. For women, it is quite difficult. I am sure I have missed a few titles. Forgive me for that. There are some great actresses, that come to mind, that I know are known for their versatile acting, such as, Rehka, Shabana Azmi, Nargis, Minakshi, Vidya Balan, Madhuri Dixhit, Smita Patel, Priyanka Chopra, Tabu. Here goes my list: Enjoy x

  1. Mother India – This film makes me cry, every time I watch it. The classic romantic scenes always make me blush. In this film, it shows Nargis, a suffering wife when her husband has an accident and has both of his hands decapitated. He abandones her and dies. Nargis has to fight for her children, her right, her village. Even fights off pervy men, who are old enough to be her grand father. A hard working mother. An inspirational film.  See link: – In this clip, it shows Nargis asking for help, to save her children as they are starving..
  2. Roja – A story about a woman called Roja, who fights for the release of her husband, who gets kidnapped by terrorists and manages to get him back.  See link:
  3. Lajja – This film has many individual stories. All the women ( Manisha Korala, Madhuri Dixhit, Rehka, Mahima Chowdary,) fight for their rights. See link: – this scene Mahima kicks ass!  Go Girl!  Sorry no subtitles!
  4. Laadla – This film, may surprise you. I felt, this film was moving. Okay, main focus goes to the main actor. It was Sri Devi’s career minded role, that got me. She is a very strong minded business woman, who was very career minded and always wants to be first in everything. Nothing wrong with that. Not everyone are evil, though Sri Devi, does come across as an evil b*tch. Hard core bossy boots. Very bold.
  5. Neel Kamal – Waheda Rehman stars in this spooky reincarnation film. This film is about a kind woman who is very spiritual. She suffers and forgives all who makes her suffer.
  6. Satte Pe Satta – Hema Malini – is the eldest sister in law, in this film. She transforms a bunch of farm boys from cave men to gentlemen. (Her brother in laws). It’s a comedy, but shows dedication and a lot of coaching.
  7. Shor – Tomboy Jaya Bhaduri, fights to make money.
  8. Fashion – The dark side to Fashion Courture, and life of modelling. It is all about career girls getting to the top of your game, crumbling down and then bouncing back. Stars Priyanka Chopra, Kangana. Good film. Can’t wait for it’s sequel.
  9. Damini – Minakshi, fights for an orphan who was raped.
  10. No one killed Jessica – A story about a sister fighting a murder case of her sister. Stars Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerjee.
  11. Khoon Bari Maang – I truly love this movie. This movie is about revenge. Rehka, returning from the dead to get her sweet revenge on her evil husband, who destroyed her life.
  12. Asrani – This film stars Smita Patel, I thought it was Shabana Asmi, but I was wrong. This film is about a woman who has a husband. While she is pregnant, her husband is two timing her behind her back with her sister. A really horrible story. I think it is this film, where it shows, Smita, goes into women campaigns. Support abused women, something like that.
  13. Anjaam – Madhuri Dixhit has to be brave and fight against a man who is obsessed about her. She has to overcome her fear and face him.
  14. Amar Prem – Shamila Tagore is thrown out of her home, and she goes to live in a house of women, where the women are prostitutes. Shamila’s character does not sell herself, as she has a talent. She can sing. She sings and brings money in that way. In her eyes, she sees herself as a normal person. People from her home town, ignore her, and believe she is dead. Sad story.

  15. English Vinglish – Sri Devi’s come back movie. This film portrays a story of an indian woman who cannot speak or read English. As she spends her time bringing her children up and supporting her husband. She feels lost and alone. Spending time alone at home. The children don’t support her and speak very rudely, not respect. She is saved, as she has to go to USA, Manhatten to be exact. Here, she starts a short English class, makes new friends with people like herself who can’t speak English very well. A great confidence boost movie.

Bollywood Film Crash Course

Do you love films?  International films?  Hollywood?  Bollywood?  I love bollywood films!  Indian cinema,  This is something which I grew up with and am very passionate about.

Wanted to share this clip with you all:

This sing gives you a crash course of famous bollywood stars.  I am going to list you the stars, their songs (tunes playing in background emerged with the main title song ‘Bombay Talkies’.

Aamir Khan

Madhuri Dixhit (Cu-cu-cu-cu – sound in the background – from her famous movie “Khal Nayak” – She dances in a song called “Choli ke peeche kya hai)

Karishma Kapoor (Pardesi pardesi – from Karishma hit movie “Raja Hindustani, song “pardesi pardesi”)

Akshay Kumar (Khiladi -famous for doing so many ‘khiladi’ movies!)

Juhi Chawla (dilbar ka.. – from her first movie with aamir khan)

Saif Ali Khan (“Ole ole” – from his early films and the movie starts with the letter ‘D’ – with kajol and akshay kumar.  Saif is the famous Sharmila Tagore’s son.)

Rani Mukerjee (Bunti aur babli title music)

Sri Devi (A Very Famous actress – “Hawa Hawa EE” from Mr India – the oldest actress shown on this song clip)

Music with group dancers tune from “Hum Aap ke hain Kaun” – Madhuri Dixhit and Salam Khan movie – A mega romantic comedy family movie!

Priyanka Chopra (Desi Girl from Dostana)

Farhan Akhtar (Tunes from Dil Chahta hai – Yeh ladki hai kaha)

Imraan Khan (Aamir khan’s nephew) (‘Papu can’t dance sala’ – Imraan’s first movie and Aamir Khan produced it)

Vidya Balan (She is entertainment, entertainment, entertainment – from her hit movie “The Dirty Picture” – song “Oh La La, Ooh La la” – A great actress , who has not yet worked with Shah Rukh Khan..)

Kareena Kapoor Khan- (Karishma Kapoor’s little sister and Saif Ali Khan’s wife.  they have Indian cinema blood in them.  Their mothers, fathers, uncles, grand parents have all acted in indian cinema.)

Ranveer Singh – (new actor and doing quiet well.  His debut was ‘Band baaja baaraat’, new movie recently releasing is called “Ram Leela”)

Anil Kapoor – ( Another mega star,  He has acted with Sri Devi, Madhuri Dixhit.  Sri Devi is married to his brother.  You might recognize him from ‘Slum Dog Millionnaire’ – (that’s why they say ‘jai ho’) and other tv series 24.  He is a very fantastic actor.  I believe he was the first male artist to dance in groups.  Films like “Laadla”, “Ram Lakhan”.)

Shahid Kapoor – (not related to the above kapoors. – Tune from Kaminey.)

Sonam Kapoor (Anil Kapoor’s daughter. Tune – Masakali from film Delhi 6)

Deepika Padukone – (tune from her debut movie ‘Om Shanti Om’)

Ranbir Kapoor (Cousin of Karishma and Kareena Kapoor. His parents were famous actors – Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.  His guitar riff tune from song ‘Saada Huq” from movie Rockstar – where he gets to act with Shammi Kapoor (great uncle) – before he dies.  Rest In Peace Shammi jee).

And last of all, so typical,

Shah Rukh Khan, also known as ‘King Khan’ – a mega hit actor.  Who has probably acted with all the women actress from above – let me list them to you:

Madhuri Dixhit( Devdas, Koyla, Dil To Pagal hai, Hum tumare hai sanam,), Juhi Chawla (Daar, Duplicate, Yes Boss, Phir bi Dil Hai Hindustani, One two ka four,), Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om, Chennai express), Sri Devi (Army), Karishma Kapoor (Dil To Pagal hai), Rani Mukerjee (Kuch kuch hota hai, Kabhi kushi kabhi ghum, Paheli,) Priyanka Chopra (Don, Don2,)   Kareena Kapoor (Ra One, Asoka, Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Ghum,)

The tune they use for shah rukh is “Dilwale Dulhania Le jayenge”.


It is true, when you meet someone, a good friend or close family, sometimes you make a mix tape full of songs for that person.  Or even for yourself.

The music describes who you are through music, expressions, fast pace music, slow pace music, percussion, instruments.

This is for you guys:  Discover yourself.

(Song Title – Album – Band/music composer)

1. Man Mohini – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam – Ismail Darbar

2. Map of the Problematique – Black Holes and Revelations – Muse

3. Tumhi ho Bondhu – Cocktail – Pritam

4. Hawa hawa – Rockstar – A.R.Rahman

5. Ranjha (sad love song) – Untruly Yours -Bayji

6. Dev-Chanda Theme 2 – Dev D – Amit Trivedi

7. Shubhaarambh – Kai Po Che – Amit Trivedi

8. Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli – Anand – Salil Chowdrary (Sung by Manna Dey)

9. O Saya – Slumdog Millionnaire – A R Rahman

10. Paper planes – M.I.A

11. Baul Song – The Namesake – Udayan Mukherjee

12. Postales – Federico Aubele

13. Breathless – Shankhar Mahadevan