My 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.