Sunday, March 22, 2009

London calling Bombay

I don't anticipate having a lot of time for writing reviews this week, but I wanted to post a few images I liked from the 1967 Bollywood film Night In London, most of which showcase the distinctly Orientalist glamor of sixties starlet Malu Sinha. Directed by the tersely-named Brij, who also gave us Bombay 405 Miles, and starring -- in addition to Sinha -- Bishwajeet, Johnny Walker and Shetty in a larger-than-usual role, the movie combines elements of travelogue romances like An Evening in Paris and Love In Tokyo with the obvious influence of the Bond films. All in all, a diverting little caper, complete with a potentially world-destroying secret formula hidden in a much-coveted diamond necklace, narrow escapes from spike-walled torture chambers, helicopters galore, and a couple of dazzling song and dance numbers from Helen. Todd says check it out.





4 comments:

memsaabstory said...

I like this film much better than Bombay 405 Miles (not difficult)...:-)

Beth said...

OOOOOH! Sounds wonderful! And stylish, if nothing else. Love that stripey dress.

My word verification word is derfered, which my brain saw as "deferred" at first, which made me wonder if Somebody was trying to tell me Something about waiting before hunting down my own copy of this movie.

Beth said...

WOW! It's on Netflix instant! Heavens!

Todd said...

Yeah, someday I'll have to get around to doing a full review of this one, because it was pretty fun. I'm becoming a big fan of Malu Sinha's style in general. In that top photo she's supposed to be masquerading as an Egyptian woman -- because everyone knows that modern day Egyptian women all still walk around looking like Cleopatra.