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Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb

 
Jerry Pinto (Author)
Synopsis 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 a cabaret. Yet, Helen—nicknamed ‘H-Bomb’ at the height of her career—continues to rule the popular imagination. Improbably, for a dancer 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 Bollywood? 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 wonderfully 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.
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About the author

Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is a poet and journalist. His first book of poems Asylum was published in 2004. He is also the author of Surviving Women published by Penguin India. He lives in Mumbai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb
Author Jerry Pinto
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143031244
length vi+256p., Plates; 20cm.