Saturday, January 27, 2007


Bollywood Beatles

(via) I find this fascinating. Apparently, before India influenced the Beatles, the influence ran the other way.

This clip is from the 1965 Bollywood film Janwar. The plot description sounds pretty familiar from other Indian films I've seen, which often seem to revolve around families, problematic unions, and class/caste concerns, with occasional musical number. This time out, though, the usual song and dance routine has a decidedly Liverpudlian flavor.

IMDB has this to say: "A band with the name "Ted Lyons & His Cubs" also appeared in "Gumnaam" (1965) performing the song "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" that Enid is seen dancing to in "Ghost World" (2001). Here, the band wears Beatle wigs and performs the song "Tumse Hai Dil Ko". The music bears more than a slight resemblance to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the real Beatles."

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