H For Helen – The Enchantress

Helen illustration @ gcaffe.comMy friend once told me that the moment she would come on screen the first thing you would see is a slender leg barely covered and a shining outfit maybe red or black. So I checked all her songs and my friend was so true.

A slender leg is what you would see and she would mesmerize with her angelic eyes and sparkling red lips. And then she would sizzle and burn and leave you panting and asking for more.

Oh yes yes yes …………! This is Helen I’m talking about. The enchantress, who came… saw… and conquered.

In all these years no one has been able to take her place. She was as smooth as wine when she started in Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo in 1958. Then she never looked back till date.

When I think of her, I see bright colours, long painted nails, lenses in the eyes, red and golden hair with elaborate hair dos, feathers, stockings, costume jewellery, dazzling dresses and amazing grace. If I’m not wrong, she was the first one in Hindi cinema to wear lenses of all colours.

She played the vamp that in the end always had a solid reason to be bad — men drooling all over her when she would break into an enchanting performance on the screen and off screen too. In Don, she sizzled singing Yeh Mera Dil and a baffled Amitabh Bachchan could not take his eyes of her … such has been the power of Helen.

The Cabaret Queen she has been and she is till date the reigning queen. Recently, a friend of mine was talking about grace … ! Hasn’t Helen been one of the most graceful dancers times have seen!

She is and has always been the enchantress.

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4 thoughts on “H For Helen – The Enchantress

  1. Heya this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use editors or if you have to manually do everything! I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

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  2. When ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aa Ja’ [Caravan – 1971] was to be picturized on Helen, Asha Bhonsle was taking time to gather the heat and the energy required for the song… and Helen was so particular about her performances that she used to even visit the recordings to feel the feel of the song.

    And it so happened that though RD Burman was the music director, it was actually SD Burman who could feel Asha Bhonsle’s pulse and walked to her, saying she should sing the song imagining herself as HELEN. Such was the power of Helen.

    And we know that this song ‘Piya Tu…’ went to become Asha Bhonsle’s biggest hit ever. The film too was Box Office dhamaal. I remember hearing [on an HMV LP long back] Asha telling her London audience at the famous Royal Albert Hall that ‘ … unhonein (SD Burman) mujhse kaha… ki… samjho ki tum Helen ho…’

    Asha also bagged the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song. But I don’t know if she gave the Award to Helen, then :p

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  3. There has been only one Helen. And its not the Helen of Troy…. Friend of mine commented on Teesri Manzil ” this movie is worng ” my response to which was ” its a fab commercial movie , nothing worng , nothing right ” …. Guess his answer ” Dude , he who is loved and pursued by Helen would never look at another woman ” .. And this is a whole generation down from her real glory days…… No words describe her well enough. Inspite of the Moulin Rouge ish costumes , outlandish costumes and outrageous moves ( try doing them and u will realize that only she can carry them off ) I think what held one was the fire in her eyes……

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