Filmmaker Farah Khan revealed that she has always been inspired by veteran actor and performer Helen, whom she admires greatly.
Farah stated, “When I was a young child, between the ages of five and six, I would climb on the table of my house and dance to Helen’s songs; my parents would even ask me to show them my dance to Helen’s songs when guests would visit.”
She continued by saying, “I remember when we were filming ‘Mohabbatein’ and Helen Ji was coming in to do a dance number and I asked Geeta to teach her the routine, they were all rehearsing and I was standing in a corner crying because I got the chance to work with my childhood idol.”
Helen was introduced to Bollywood by the renowned performer Cuckoo in 1953. Her breakthrough came in 1958 when she sang “Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo” in the film Howrah Bridge.
Farah Khan said Helen, a renowned performer and dancer, has always inspired her.
In her films, she was known for donning hairstyles of various hues, contact lenses, and scant attire. She was married to the director Prem Narayan Arora from 1957 to 1972 before divorcing him and marrying the screenwriter Salim Khan in 1981.
Farah appeared as a celebrity guest on the dance reality show ‘India’s Best Dancer 3’ and was blown away by the tandem Shivam Wankhede and Sonali Kar’s rendition of the enduring classic ‘O Haseena Zulfonwale Jane Jahan’ from the film ‘Teesri Manzil’.
She complimented their dancing and remarked, “You two were too excellent. If Helen Aunty and Shammi ji were to see you today, they would tell you that you have a long way to go.” Sony Entertainment Television broadcasts the third season of “India’s Best Dancer,” which is judged by Terence Lewis, Geeta Kapur, and Sonali Bendre.