The can’t-stop-looking-exotically-beautiful, the queen of cabaret, the one and only <drumroll> Helen! When I, as a kid, saw Helen in songs like “Piya Tu..”, I wondered how someone could carry off an attire of sheer leggings and huge feathers as a cabaret attire. And I realized after awhile, only Helen could, and with panache!
Born to a burmese mom and Anglo Indian dad, Helen’s entry in the film industry was as one of those background dancers you see in films. (who by some miracle seemed to synchronize their movements exactly with those of the hero and the heroin!) But soon she graduated to the forefront as the numero uno item number of those days.
And I am guessing that you know her first “single hit”. Yep, the chirpy number – Mera naam chin chin chu.. Dressed in a charming kimono and irresistable charm, Helen won everyone’s hearts. And there was no stopping her after that.
But there came a time when even the leading ladies turned to vamp and cabaret dancer roles. This would inevitably mean a loss for Helen. However, (pardon the cliche) Salim Khan was her knight in shining armour, or with the shiny writer’s pen (sorry, bad joke – he was a script writer) who helped her bag roles in movies that he was a co-script writer in. Ms Chin Chin Chu went on to win a Filmfare award for a film “Lahu Ke Do Rang”.
But wait, it doesn’t end here! She got married to Salim Khan as his second wifey. Yep. That my friends, is true lou.
And for those of you who do not already know, she is Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz’s step mom. Ladies and Gentlemen, the gorgeous Helen Richardson Khan.