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HumTum
Starting a thread on the sizzling numbers on Helen

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Shikar 1968 --- music by Shanker Jaikishan --- Lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri

Hai mere paas to aa - solo by Asha

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King Kishore
Excellent - This will make for some scintillating tracks.

KK
HumTum
Yes KingKishorebhai sunglasses2.gif
bawlachintu
Ye hui kuchh baat.

Helen is one of my fav artists.
bawlachintu
Awaiting more info on Helen. smile1.gif
HumTum
Sure brother!
HumTum
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Helen was Marilyn Monroe with martyrdom. In an age of voluptuous vamps with well endowed hips, Helen stood out with a trim figure and eyes that sparkled like fiery emeralds. She possessed an enviable wardrobe, a profusion of feathers and an array of wigs (she was partial to the blonde wig throughout her career); she was the epitome of the sophisticated femme fatale.

And to think there was a time when Helen had to struggle to make ends meet. Hers is a Cinderella story. An Anglo-Indian refugee from Burma, the young Helen, accompanied by her mother, made an arduous trek to India to escape the perils of World War II.

Since her mother's income as a nurse was inadequate, Helen quit school to work in films. While undergoing training in Kathak, Helen discovered she had a flair for dancing. Family friend Cuckoo was the leading dancer in Hindi films of the day. On her recommendation, the still-in-her-early-teens Helen got a break as a chorus dancer in Shabistan (1951).

She was part of the chorus in several films before her obvious talent was noticed and swiftly graduated to being solo dancer in films like Alif Laila (1953) and Hoor-e-Arab (1955).

Soon producers had cottoned onto the fact that Helen was a dancer whose feet were her fortune. She made a major splash with her Mr John ya Baba Khan number from the Dev Anand-Nutan starrer Baarish (1957). The very next year, Helen, looking delectable in a Chinese dress, had proved she had conclusively arrived with the O P Nayyar show-stopper Mera naam Chin Chin Choo from Howrah Bridge (1958).

Nightclub dances in the 1950s and cabaret numbers in the 1960 and the 1970s established Helen as a skilled Western dancer. But many of her semi-classical Indian dances like Tora man bada paapi (Ganga Jumna) and Ghungarwa mora chham chham baaje (Zindagi), were also successful.

More often, Helen's Anglicised looks were exploited for an Occidental item number or in an acting role which served to accentuate the contrast between the freethinking Westernised vamp and the traditional Indian heroine (Babita in Dus Lakh, Raakhee in Mere Sajna).

Helen's looks also proved to be a major obstacle when she tried to make it as a heroine. She played leading lady to heroes ranging from Chandrashekhar (in the sleeper success Cha Cha Cha, where she got to warble numbers like Do badan pyar ki aag mein jal gaye) to Amitabh (Imaan Dharam) -- but, strangely, the devil gave Helen her due only when she was portraying a shade of evil.

Helen did push the envelope when it came to provocation on screen, but she took care to wear skin-coloured body stockings in most of her cabarets even when she donned daring outfits. Anyway, with her innate grace, she was incapable of looking sleazy. Her famously aloof attitude on film sets also helped.

Barring the occasional film like Pagla Kahin Ka (where she played Shammi Kapoor's first love who falls victim to a rape), producers cast Helen as an exuberant libertine. She vindicated their faith by imbibing her characters with vitality. Witness the carefree Kitty from Gumnaam, who dances with abandon on a beach to Gam chhodke manao rangreli, only to be lynched a few reels later.

Helen enjoyed 20 years as cabaret queen of Hindi films in pulsating numbers like Chin chin choo, Aaya ya sukku sukku, Yeh mera dil pyar ka deewana. By the 1970s, Bindu decamped with the meatier vamp roles, and a spate of young dancers like Padma Khanna and Aruna Irani created a definite dent in Helen's monopoly.

For Helen, the situation was exacerbated by the fact that she underwent major financial problems. With age, the number of roles that came her way began to shrink. At this juncture, she got involved with writer Salim Khan. He helped bail her out of the mess and offered her important roles in three films he was co-scripting with Javed Akhtar: Imaan Dharam, Don and Dostana.

Mahesh Bhatt offered her a histrionically-demanding role in Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979). At the fag end of her career, Helen won Filmfare's Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as Vinod Khanna's Oriental wife.

Thereafter, Helen shocked many by acknowledging the relentless footfalls of time and playing Zeenat's mother in Ram Balram (1980)! She married Salim, worked out an amicable equation with his first wife and family, and receded from the screen.

Today, Helen enjoys a semi-retired life. Occasionally, she dons grease paint for a Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Khamoshi). As testimony to the perennial popularity of her dances, A-list heroines like Aishwarya Rai and Urmila Matondkar dance to her numbers at stage shows.



HumTum
Did you people know that -

Howrah Bridge
Mera naam Chin-Chin-Choo

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Starting as a chorus dancer in the Anglo-Indian Cuckoo's troupe, Helen catapulted to number one dancer in Shakti Samanta's Howrah Bridge. With this song, Helen captured her audience.

Cha Cha Cha
Subaha na aayee shaam na aayee


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Helen was heroine of a good number of films? This one had her starring opposite Chandrashekar.

Because of her Anglicised accent and exotic look, she managed only B-grade films, which didn't do well for her career. Which meant Helen was back to item numbers.

Caravan
Piya tu ab to aaja
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After Cuckoo, Helen became the 'cabaret-song specialist'.
This song was a special favourite of R D Burman and Asha Bhosle. And the two would invariably sing it at every concert they performed together.

Teesri Manzil
O hasina zulfon wali
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Helen was affectionately called Kitty because of her Spanish-Burmese looks.
She had her second lead roles as the vamp who loves the hero and dies for him down to a fine art.

Don
Yeh mera dil pyaar ka deewana
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In the mid-Seventies, Helen was sidelined despite doing popular numbers due to a personal tragedy.

Inkaar
Mungda mungda
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This spirited song made Usha Mangeshkar a household name. But it sadly didn't do much for Helen. This song came at the end of 70's when Helen was going through a bad phase personally.

Sholay
Mehbooba mehbooba

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One of the biggest Hindi films had Helen dancing to R D Burman's playbacking.

Khamoshi
Mausam ki sargam ko sun
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Helen made a rare onscreen presence in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Khamoshi.

This song and dance sequence was specially created for her.
(info got from - rediff.com )
mmuk2004
QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Apr 11 2007, 10:30 AM) *

Awaiting more info on Helen. smile1.gif


Pehle visual phir intellectual... biggrin.gif



sad.gif cannot upload the vid will try later. Abhi picture se kaam chala lo...


Excellent thread Humtum, looking forward to some great uploads/info/pics...

Mere Jeevan Saathi: Aao Na
mmuk2004
Wah! Wah!

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Great presentation, Humtum!
HumTum
Thanks sis! biggrin.gif
HumTum
The then innocent cute looking Helen wink.gif
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From the movie Hindustani back in 1960.
HumTum
Her CV wink.gif
Helen sizzlers in several movies wub.gif
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Personal Profile
Helen is a Bollywood actress born on October 21, 1939 in Burma. Her original name is Helen Richardson. Helen, her mother, and her brothers Roger and Patrick had migrated to India during World War II. Helen's mother was a nurse. Her nickname is Queen of the Nautch Girls.

Family Background:
Mother's Name: Marlene Richardson.
Sister: Jennifer.
Spouse: Salim Khan

Film Background:
Debut Film: Awaara
Famous Movies: Shaan, Kachche Heere, Aansoo Bane Angaray, Ram Balram, Bulundi, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha, Shararat, Mohabbatein, Khamoshi: The Musical, Bombay 405 Miles, Pakhandi, Naya Bakra, Daulat Ke Dushman, Bhula Na Dena, Dostana, Abdullah, Aakhri Sanghursh, Akayla, Humkadam, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Chorni,
Latest Movies: Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha
Purple_Fairy
can you tell em which movies the pictues are from, i mena just immediately before my post pictures.
HumTum
Purple fairy sis they are from various films. Let me list them for you.

1. Aansoo ban gaya phool.
2. Yakin
3. Benaam
4. Aag aur aag
bawlachintu
Great !. Keep the info/photus coming.
Purple_Fairy
oh i see, thanks for the information humtum .
gooseberry
Humtum ji bow.gif fantastic thread.
HumTum
QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Apr 12 2007, 10:24 PM) *
Great !. Keep the info/photus coming.

Bawlachintubhai, encouragement coming from senior members like you is a great blessing. bow.gif
HumTum
Information on Helen continued ---

in Rakhi aur hathkadi
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in Shikari
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and in Shikaar
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(all the above pictures are pictursied on Asha Bhosle songs)

Helen has acted in Gujarati films, Marathi films, Bhojpuri films, Magadhi Films and Rajasthani films too.
HumTum
One picture from Bombay Talkies

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Here she has resemblances of Sharmila Tagore sunglasses2.gif

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HumTum
Helen in Talaash 1969 - singing Kar le pyar kar le in Asha's voice.

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Not to miss her sizzling looks! wub.gif

music by R.D. Burman --- Anand Bakshi

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noorie
QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Apr 11 2007, 08:59 PM) *

Ye hui kuchh baat.

Helen is one of my fav artists.


For her acting, right? tongue1.gif

Noorie
HumTum
QUOTE(noorie @ Apr 16 2007, 11:49 PM) *
QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Apr 11 2007, 08:59 PM) *

Ye hui kuchh baat.

Helen is one of my fav artists.


For her acting, right? tongue1.gif

Noorie


Not just Bawlachintubhai, laugh.gif I too like her for acting, like you like Sanu for singing wink.gif
noorie
QUOTE(HumTum @ Apr 16 2007, 11:53 PM) *

QUOTE(noorie @ Apr 16 2007, 11:49 PM) *
QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Apr 11 2007, 08:59 PM) *

Ye hui kuchh baat.

Helen is one of my fav artists.


For her acting, right? tongue1.gif

Noorie


Not just Bawlachintubhai, laugh.gif I too like her for acting, like you like Sanu for singing wink.gif


"Sanu" ? That was a typo, how careless of you; there I fixed it. smile.gif

SONU
is certainly a 'looker' even if his singing skills aren't anything 2 boast about! Click to view attachment

Noorie
HumTum
No I did no mistake laugh.gif May be you should check the other thread wherein you preferred the male voice over female voice tum mile dil --- song of Sanu-Alka tongue1.gif
HumTum
I have unearthed a book on Helen and have more info to add wink.gif ! I am reopening this thread again. biggrin.gif

Hopefully I won't have any intruders. laugh.gif
bawlachintu
QUOTE(noorie @ Apr 16 2007, 11:49 PM) *

QUOTE(bawlachintu @ Apr 11 2007, 08:59 PM) *

Ye hui kuchh baat.

Helen is one of my fav artists.


For her acting, right? tongue1.gif

Noorie

There are many things in an artist(dont read actress/heroine etc etc) which u admire.

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bawlachintu
QUOTE(HumTum @ Apr 17 2007, 12:16 AM) *

No I did no mistake laugh.gif May be you should check the other thread wherein you preferred the male voice over female voice tum mile dil --- song of Sanu-Alka tongue1.gif

biggrin.gif Thanks for giving me a chance to laugh laugh.gif
HumTum
Sure dost! Keep smiling and laughing. biggrin.gif thumbs-up.gif
HumTum
Asha sings with Shailender Singh in Agent Vinod (song featured on Sizzling Helen -- co star is Mahendra Sadhu).




Agent Vinod 1977 --- music Raam Laxman --- lyrics Ravidra Rawal

Lavleena agaya main --- Asha with Shailender Singh

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HumTum
Read on more about the song O haseena zulfon wali --- from Teesri manzil --- a Helen - Asha special number -- a fantastic writeup by Madhavi sis. smile.gif Found it very apt for this thread, so including it here. Madhavi sis, I hope it is okay with you.

http://www.hamaraforums.com/index.php?s=&a...st&p=389408
mmuk2004
Very much so HT. tongue1.gif . The Helen/Asha/RD combo is quite stunning and RDB used it to great effect right from the sixties to the eighties. Don't think he ever composed a Helen song with Lata, did he?
HumTum
No sis I doubt it. laugh.gif Lata-R.D.Burman-Helen combo --- not that I know of.

Here is the listing of Helen's movies where R.D.Burman was the composer ---

1. Chhote nawab (I do not recollect any song of Lata on Helen in this!)
2. Teesri Manzil
3. Puraskar
4. The train
5. Ehsaan
6. Adhikar
7.Caravan
8. Hulchul
9. Hungama
10. Gomti Kinare
11. Mere jeevan saathi
12. Rakhi aur hathkadi
13. Savera
14. Chhalia
15. Bada kabootar
16. Paanch dushman
17. Shareef badmash
18. Benaam
19. Madhosh
20. Ujala hi ujala
21. Kaala sona
22. Sholay
23. Chala murari hero banne
24. Darling darling
25. Phandebaaz
26. The great gambler
27. Abdullah
28. Jhoota kahin ka
29. Shaan
30. Bulandi
31. Kachche heere
32. Bond 303

Later movies ---

33. Khamoshi
34. Hum dil de chuke sanam
34. Hum ko diwana kargayi

And as far as I can remember most of the songs picturised on her were sung by Asha.
HumTum
Helen sizzling with Asha's voice in Jewel thief with the evergreen hero in the song sequence. biggrin.gif
Watch the video


Jewel thief 1967
--- music by S.D. Burman --- lyrics Majrooh

Baithe hain kya uske paas
- solo by Asha

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pinky
QUOTE(HumTum @ Jul 10 2007, 12:25 PM) *

No sis I doubt it. laugh.gif Lata-R.D.Burman-Helen combo --- not that I know of.

Here is the listing of Helen's movies where R.D.Burman was the composer ---

1. Chhote nawab (I do not recollect any song of Lata on Helen in this!)

2. Teesri Manzil
3. Puraskar
4. The train
5. Ehsaan
6. Adhikar
7.Caravan
8. Hulchul
9. Hungama
10. Gomti Kinare
11. Mere jeevan saathi
12. Rakhi aur hathkadi
13. Savera
14. Chhalia
15. Bada kabootar
16. Paanch dushman
17. Shareef badmash
18. Benaam
19. Madhosh
20. Ujala hi ujala
21. Kaala sona
22. Sholay
23. Chala murari hero banne
24. Darling darling
25. Phandebaaz
26. The great gambler
27. Abdullah
28. Jhoota kahin ka
29. Shaan
30. Bulandi
31. Kachche heere
32. Bond 303

And as far as I can remember most of the songs picturised on her were sung by Asha.



In Chhote Nawab Lata Mangeshkar sings 'Matwali aankhonwale o albele dilwale along with Mohammad rafi, picturised on Helen and Mehmood.. smile.gif
HumTum
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In Chhote Nawab Lata Mangeshkar sings 'Matwali aankhonwale o albele dilwale along with Mohammad rafi, picturised on Helen and Mehmood.. smile.gif


Pinky sis awesum! thumbs-up.gif I am proud to have two great knowledgeable sisters (Madhavi sis and Pinky sis) here. biggrin.gif Three cheers to both of you.
usrafian
QUOTE(HumTum @ Jul 10 2007, 01:59 PM) *

Pinky sis awesum! thumbs-up.gif I am proud to have two great knowledgeable sisters (Madhavi sis and Pinky sis) here. biggrin.gif Three cheers to both of you.


Two sis & Three Cheers !!!!!!

Bahooot Na-Insaafi Hai. angry1.gif

USR

HumTum
Usrafianbhai, Yeah --- two distributed equally and one to fight over. Don't break those records or is it crockery ? laugh.gif
Purple_Fairy
thanks for agent vinod song.

its nice.
usrafian
QUOTE(HumTum @ Jul 11 2007, 07:52 PM) *

Usrafianbhai, Yeah --- two distributed equally and one to fight over. Don't break those records or is it crockery ? laugh.gif


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HT Bhai,

Since cheers belongs to 'Sis', definately it should be lying somewhere in crockery, hence the search is going on for 3rd one.
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BTW

Cabaret Trendsetter, Helen was Marilyn Monroe of Hindi Cinema having eyes that sparkled like Fiery Emeralds.
Best performance of RD & Helen was in Teesri Manzil….
O Hasina Zulfon Wali….
also
in Carvan - Piya Tu.u.u.u.u.u Ab To Aajaaaa.a.a.a.a.a was superb.

If we don't tied Helen with RD Rope, she was wonderful in so many films, how can one forget 'Chhod KarTere Pyar Ka Daman' (Woh Koun Thi).
She was Top-of-class in Film Shikari (superb songs & dances).

Thanks for nice thread, pl. keep on.

USR



sanjkash
Friends,
Take this exceptional song from Asha+Helen combo.
Beautiful song (and this is not a cabaret song). If I remember well, Helen has been very sajjan in this film.
Singer: Asha
Song: Meharbaan mehboob dilbar (4:26, 128kbps)
Film: Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool (1969)
Lyrics: Taj Bhopali
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
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Enjoy
Sanjay
HumTum
QUOTE(usrafian @ Jul 12 2007, 11:27 AM) *
QUOTE(HumTum @ Jul 11 2007, 07:52 PM) *

Usrafianbhai, Yeah --- two distributed equally and one to fight over. Don't break those records or is it crockery ? laugh.gif


laugh.gif laugh.gif

HT Bhai,

Since cheers belongs to 'Sis', definately it should be lying somewhere in crockery, hence the search is going on for 3rd one.
wink.gif


BTW

Cabaret Trendsetter, Helen was Marilyn Monroe of Hindi Cinema having eyes that sparkled like Fiery Emeralds.
Best performance of RD & Helen was in Teesri Manzil….
O Hasina Zulfon Wali….
also
in Carvan - Piya Tu.u.u.u.u.u Ab To Aajaaaa.a.a.a.a.a was superb.

If we don't tied Helen with RD Rope, she was wonderful in so many films, how can one forget 'Chhod KarTere Pyar Ka Daman' (Woh Koun Thi).
She was Top-of-class in Film Shikari (superb songs & dances).

Thanks for nice thread, pl. keep on.

USR





Usrafianbhai. thumbs-up.gif Awesum. Who can forget Piya tu ab to aaja. wub.gif wub.gif

I have listed the movies in which she acted, I have to link the songs in which she was given playback by Asha/Lata/or any other singer.

In Chengis khan film, she had Shamshad singing for her 'Husn jawan ishk jawan.' Keep adding brother. biggrin.gif
HumTum
QUOTE(sanjkash @ Jul 12 2007, 11:35 PM) *
Friends,
Take this exceptional song from Asha+Helen combo.
Beautiful song (and this is not a cabaret song). If I remember well, Helen has been very sajjan in this film.
Singer: Asha
Song: Meharbaan mehboob dilbar (4:26, 128kbps)
Film: Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool (1969)
Lyrics: Taj Bhopali
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
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Enjoy
Sanjay


Sanjaybhai --- thanks for this sizzler. thumbs-up.gif I need the video clip for this one. If you have it please add it here. TIA. biggrin.gif
sanjkash
QUOTE(HumTum @ Jul 13 2007, 10:01 AM) *

Sanjaybhai --- thanks for this sizzler. thumbs-up.gif I need the video clip for this one. If you have it please add it here. TIA. biggrin.gif


HumTum ji,
You are most welcome. Unfortunately I do not have the video clip of this one. But we may want to try SuDeo ji's collection. SuDe ji please...
Sanjay
HumTum
I will make the request to Sudeobhai. Thanks for directing me Sanjaybhai. smile.gif

Meanwhile another sizzler --- from Heeron ka chor 1982 movie featuring Helen with Disco dancer Mithun Chakravarthy.



The audio upped too.

Heeron ka chor 1982 --- music by Sonik-Omi --- lyrics ?

Kuch aise aashique - Asha and Mohd Rafi

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HumTum
Sharing this song from Apradh. Helen at her best wub.gif . Featured with Feroz and Mumtaz (who appears off and on.. when Feroz sees Mumtaz wub.gif wub.gif in Helen's place. ohmy.gif ohmy.gif ohmy.gif )

Some trivia - Ae naujawan sab kuchh yahan ---

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Kalyanji-Anandji inspired Song Wins at 48th Grammys

The group Black Eyed Peas has won the Grammy Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group for their song 'Don't Phunk With My Heart' from the album, Monkey Business The track puts together two compositions of Kalyanji- Anandji, sung by Asha Bhonsle - Yeh mera dil pyar ka diwana from the film Don and Ae naujawaan hai sab kuchh yahaan from the film Apradh. The group had formally acquired the rights to create their track using the Kalyanji- Anandji compositions. And this is how the official credits on the Grammy Awards nomi nees list reads.

Don't Phunk With My Heart (Written by: William Adams,Stacy Ferguson, Printz Board, George Pajon, Jr., Full Force,Kalyanji Anandji & Indeewar Produced by: WILL.I.AM Contains an interpolation of I Wonder If I Take You Home written by Full Force Contains a sample from Ae Naujawan Sab Kuchh Yahan sung by Asha Bhosle)

Apradh 1972 --- music by Kalyanji-Anandji and lyrics by Indivar.

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Ae naujawan sab kuchh yahan --- Asha

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simplefable
That is great news. bow.gif to Kalyanji Anandji. Music is universal. smile.gif
King Kishore
QUOTE(HumTum @ Oct 21 2007, 11:30 AM) *


Some trivia - Ae naujawan sab kuchh yahan ---

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Kalyanji-Anandji inspired Song Wins at 48th Grammys

The group Black Eyed Peas has won the Grammy Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group for their song 'Don't Phunk With My Heart' from the album, Monkey Business The track puts together two compositions of Kalyanji- Anandji, sung by Asha Bhonsle - Yeh mera dil pyar ka diwana from the film Don and Ae naujawaan hai sab kuchh yahaan from the film Apradh. The group had formally acquired the rights to create their track using the Kalyanji- Anandji compositions. And this is how the official credits on the Grammy Awards nomi nees list reads.

Don't Phunk With My Heart (Written by: William Adams,Stacy Ferguson, Printz Board, George Pajon, Jr., Full Force,Kalyanji Anandji & Indeewar Produced by: WILL.I.AM Contains an interpolation of I Wonder If I Take You Home written by Full Force Contains a sample from Ae Naujawan Sab Kuchh Yahan sung by Asha Bhosle)



HT, The song takes the beginning of 'Ye Mera Dil Pyar Ka Diwana' from Don and then takes on 'Ae Naujawaan' all the way thru. Nice. smile.gif
HumTum
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The song takes the beginning of 'Ye Mera Dil Pyar Ka Diwana' from Don


Which song is that? No no don't phunk with my heart? unsure.gif
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