May 30, 2024 03:07:10

Happy Birthday Helen: Let Us Know Some Interesting Things About Bollywood’s First ‘Item Girl’

This is a matter of those times when neither the audience nor the people of the industry used to respect the women who used to sing and dance in films. There was hardly anyone shows any interest in even knowing the name of the dancer, but then the era of Helen came. She not only stayed in the eyes of the people but also changed their attitude toward women. Helen, who was called Bollywood’s first ‘item girl’, made the audience sit on their knees and honored her art. Today, even though Helen is away from the dazzling world, the connoisseurs of art still take her name with the utmost respect. Today Helen is celebrating her birthday, she gave us item numbers like ‘Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo’, ‘Yamma Yamma’, ‘O Haseena Zulfon Wali’, ‘Monica, O My Darling’, let’s know some more interesting things about her.

She was Born In Burma

Today is Helen’s 84th birthday. Helen was born on 21 November 1938 in Burma. Her full name is Helen Ann Richardson. Her mother was originally from Burma. Helen’s father had died and the family consisted of a brother and a half-sister, Jennifer, besides her mother. Her mother remarried a British soldier, but he too died in World War II. When Japan occupied Burma, Helen’s entire family decided to move to Mumbai. During the journey, he had to pass through forests and villages. Helen’s mother and both her siblings were crying out in hunger. Then on the way the villagers kept them in their houses and gave them food.

Gave Financial Support To The Family

There a British soldier gave her a vehicle, food, and medicines to go to Mumbai. During this, Helen’s pregnant mother miscarried. Some of the groups with which Helen’s family was coming to Mumbai died due to starvation and some due to disease. It was still a long time to reach Mumbai so Helen’s mother decided to stay back in Kolkata. She started working as a nurse there. The studies of Helen and her two siblings started from there, but it was difficult to run the expenses of the house with the little salary of the mother. While living in Kolkata, Helen’s mother met Kuku More, who was a background dancer in films. Helen was looking for a job to run the household. Then Kuku got Helen a job as a chorus dancer in films. Helen made her place in the industry as soon as she arrived.