HELEN

HELEN  

Date of Birth:   21 October 1939

Birth Place:  Burma

Description:  "> Helen Jairag Richardson is an Indian film actress and dancer of Anglo-Burmese descent, working in Hindi films. She is often cited as the most popular dancer of the item number in her time. Helen got her break when a family friend, an actress known as Cukoo, helped her find jobs as a chorus dancer in the films Shabistan and Awaara (1951). She was soon working regularly and was featured as a solo dancer in films such as Alif Laila (1954), Hoor-e-Arab (1953), and number "Mr. John O Baba Khan" in the film Baarish. Helen also performed numerous stage shows in London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Helen retired from the silver screen for a number of years, but appeared in a few guest roles in 1999 and 2000. Helen did a memorable role in the 1996 movie Khamoshi, directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali. She also made a special appearance as the mother of real-life step-son Salman Khan's character in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Helen was selected for the Padma Shri awards of 2009 along with Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar. Helen married Salim Khan, and became his second wife in 1980 and they adopted a girl, Arpita. Salman Khan is her stepson. Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Jairag_Richardson)

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Bollywood babes and their booty shaking tribute to Helen

Bollywood babes and their booty shaking tribute to Helen

07-06-2013

Considering that Helen is one of the finest dancers of all time in Bollywood, it comes as no surprise that some of our current leading ladies have tried to emulate her in their own special way. First up is Katrina Kaif who’s ‘Chikni Chameli’ item number in Agneepath was a sort of a tribute to Helen’s ‘Mungda’. The look and feel of the song certainly took us back to a different era.                                               Films Of India We’re sure it must have been one of Kareena Kapoor’s dreams coming true when she got to reprise Helen’s seductive ‘Yeh Mera Dil’ number in the remake of Don.                                               Films Of India Urmila Matondkar is another lucky actress who got to dance on Helen’s legendary ‘Mehbooba’ number from Sholay. Though she carried it off well, it’s best not to talk about the remake.                                                 Films Of India Deepika Padukone’s exotic look in ‘Dhoom Tana’ from Om Shanti Om was another nod to Helen’s timeless talent. This one reminded us of ‘O Haseena Zulfowali’ from Teesri Manzil. Lara Dutta’s segment in ‘Phir Milenge’ from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi also reminded us of the same song! And we round up the list with another tribute which came in the form of ‘Parda’ in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. This time it was Gauhar Khan who reminded us of Helen’s ‘Piya Tu’ look from Caravan.


Bollywood's Best Dance Numbers!

Bollywood's Best Dance Numbers!

11-08-2012

Bollywood has a lot of elements that define it. But think of the enjoyment part, and you can’t deny that the dances of Bollywood have been epic through the years! It’s not the choreography completely as much as it is the creativity of Sandhya in the Holi song ‘Arre jaa re hatt nat-khat’. The dancer-actress was dressed to look like a woman from the front and a man from the back, and she swapped roles as the man teased the woman during the mischievous play-fare of Holi. Danseuse Helen has spurned some of the best numbers that can be grooved upon. Be it Inkaar’s ‘Mungda’, the sweet voice of Usha Mangeshkar in the raunchy desi bar, or Asha Bhonsle crooning ‘Piya Tu ab toh aaja’, which saw Helen race across the stage waiting for her beloved- the dances of the 60s were made seductive, yet a family affair by Helen. Think of an epic dance of the 60s and Jewel Thief’s Hoton pe Aisi Baat makes a bee-line to our minds. Vyjayanthimala’s classical training showed when she danced to the beautiful song. The epic Saara Zamaana from Yaraana created history in Bollywood. Granted the song has little choreography- but you can’t deny that Amitabh Bachchan’s electric and electrifying costume has stuck in public memory longer than any other dance costume. And just as colourful and interesting was the choreography of Rishi Kapoor’s Om Shanti Om from the movie Karz. The movie was brilliant- but this track with the rotating, massive LP was one helluva tough one for anyone to replicate. Bollywood's Best Dance Numbers! Meenakshi Sheshadri brought to life the legendary rage of Lord Shiva with her rendition of the ‘Taandava’ in Damini. The film was extremely powerful, and the dance short- but it’s definitely in our list of memorable Bollywood numbers. When it comes to dance, you have to give it up for Madhuri Dixit in Ek Do Teen. The choreography unforgettable, the expressions unbeatable- this number from Tezaab was every girl born in the 80s’ first introduction to love and longing! The 90s were brilliant when it came to dances. The three most outstanding numbers from that decade included Que Sera Sera- bringing together on screen Madhuri Dixit and Prabhu Deva in Pukaar as they made for one of the fastest choreographed tracks Bollywood has seen. Think of the roof of a train, lush green forests and the extremely sexy Malaika Arora-Khan, and you have one of the most innovatively choreographed tracks- with Shah Rukh Khan in it- ‘Chhaiya chhaiya’ from Dil Se. ‘Kahin Aag Lage’ from Taal was a gem every girl that year danced to at every function- trying to be as charming as Aishwarya Rai! Bollywood's Best Dance Numbers! Come the new millennium in Bollywood and the film industry welcome Hrithik Roshan. The year 2000 saw Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’s debutant star steal hearts with his super-elastic body and mind-blowing dance- seen best in the song ‘Dil ne dil ko pukaara’. Following closely was Shahid Kapoor whose medley in ‘Ishq Vishk’ had all the girls drooling. Even the Madhuri-Aishwarya song from Devdas- ‘Dola Re’- was a feast to the dance lovers as Vaibhavi Merchant choreographed a masterpiece to be remembered by generations. That’s just skimming through some of the best, the tip of the iceberg, So, be prepared- when it comes to shaking a leg, you know that Bollywood has in store so much more on the dancefloor!


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