Date of Birth: 21st October, 1939.
Nick Name: Cabaret Queen.
Debut Film: "Awaara"
Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for "Lahu Ke Do Rang".
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (1998)
Helen Richardson Khan was born to an Anglo Indian father and Burmese
mother. She started her career as chorus dancer in the films "Shabistan
"and "Awaara". Since then Helen regularly featured in the
films as item dancer. Her first film as solo dancer was "Alif Laila".
Helen gave her first hit film with her performance in the song "Mera
Naam Chin Chin Chu" in O.P. Nayyar's hit film "Howrah Bridge".
After this she was in great demand for cabaret dance and vamp roles in
the films. But in 70's she found herself in challenging situation when
young actresses started doing vamp roles and sexy cabaret dances. Helen
faced financial difficulties in those days. Then writer Salim Khan came
to her rescue.
Salim Khan helped her to get good roles in the films in which he was
co-scripting with Javed Akhtar such as "Don", "Imaan"
and "Dostana". Therafter Helen did "Lahu Ke Do Rang"
directed by Mahesh Bhatt and she went on to win Filmfare Best Supporting
actress Award for her performance in this film. Soon afterwards, she
married Salim Khan, as his second wife. Helen and Salim have an adopted
daughter named Arpita. Helen had retired from the screen for a number of
years but recently she appeared in the films "Mohabbatein" as
head of girl's school and in "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" as
mother of Salman Kkan.
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