Helen Helen
actor
Helen Helen
Helen Jairag Richardson is an Indian film actress and dancer of Anglo-Burmese descent, working in Hindi films. She is often cited as the most popular dancer of the item number in her time. She was the inspiration for four films and a book.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 76
    On 30 March 2016, Arpita and Aayush Sharma were blessed with a baby boy, who they named Ahil Sharma; he may be counted as Helen's sixth grandchild.
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  • 2014
    Age 74
    On 18 November 2014, Arpita married Aayush Sharma, a Delhi-based businessman who is the son of Anil Sharma, a minister in the government of Himachal Pradesh and the grandson of Sukh Ram, a former union cabinet minister; both the politicians belong to the Indian National Congress party.
    More Details Hide Details The date was chosen to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the wedding of Salim Khan and his first wife, Sushila. The wedding was held on a grand scale at the Falaknuma Palace hotel in Hyderabad.
  • 2009
    Age 69
    Helen appeared as a Judge in the semi finals and finals of India's 2009 Dancing Queen television series.
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    Helen was selected for the Padma Shri awards of 2009 along with Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar.
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  • 2006
    Age 66
    A book about Helen was published by Jerry Pinto in 2006, titled The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, which went on to win the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema in 2007.
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    She also appeared in Humko Deewana Kar Gaye in 2006.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 43
    Helen officially retired from movies in 1983, but she has since then appeared in a few guest roles such as Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and Mohabbatein (2000).
    More Details Hide Details She also made a special appearance as the mother of real-life step-son Salman Khan's character in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam..
  • 1981
    Age 41
    In 1981, Helen married Salim Khan, a prominent Bollywood screenplay writer.
    More Details Hide Details Khan was already married and the father of four children; Helen joined the Khan family and had a large role (along with Khan and his first wife Sushila) in keeping the family united. All of Helen's step-children have bonded closely with her, and Helen is almost invariably accompanied in public appearances by her co-wife, Sushila (alias Salma Khan). In the late 1980s, Helen and Khan adopted a baby girl, Arpita. Arpita Khan was the daughter of a homeless woman who happened to die on the Mumbai footpath owing to some accident. Khan came across this baby, saw her weeping, and brought her home to take care of her. Arpita grew up with her three parents, three older brothers and elder sister in the Khan household. She did her schooling in Mumbai, then studied at the London School of Fashion, and came back to Mumbai to work in an interior design firm.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 25
    She was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1965 for her role in Gumnaam.
    More Details Hide Details She played dramatic roles such as the rape victim in Shakti Samanta's Pagla Kahin Ka (1970). Writer Salim Khan helped her get roles in some of the films he was co-scripting with Javed Akhtar: Immaan Dharam, Don, Dostana, and Sholay. This was followed by a role in Mahesh Bhatt's film Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979), for which she won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. In 1999 Helen was given India's Filmfare lifetime achievement award.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 18
    She got her break in 1958, aged 19, when she performed the song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" in Shakti Samanta's film, Howrah Bridge, which was sung by Geeta Dutt.
    More Details Hide Details After that, offers started pouring in throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During her initial career, Geeta Dutt sang many songs for her. The Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle also frequently sang for Helen, particularly during the 1960s and the early 1970s.
  • 1957
    Age 17
    In a documentary called Queen of the Nautch girls, Helen said she was 19 years old in 1957 when she got her first big break in Howrah Bridge.
    More Details Hide Details Helen was introduced to Bollywood when a family friend, an actress known as Cukoo, helped her find jobs as a chorus dancer in the films Shabistan and Awara (1951). She was soon working regularly and was featured as a solo dancer in films such as Alif Laila (1954) and Hoor-e-Arab (1955).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Age -2
    Helen Ann Richardson was born on 21 November 1938 in Rangoon, Burma to an Anglo-Indian father and Burmese mother.
    More Details Hide Details Her father's name was Reginald Richardson. She has a brother named Roger and a sister name Jennifer. Their father died during the Second World War. The family then trekked to Mumbai in 1943 in order to escape from the Japanese occupation of Burma. Helen told Filmfare during an interview in 1964, "we trekked alternately through wilderness and hundreds of villages, surviving on the generosity of people, for we were penniless, with no food and few clothes. Occasionally, we met British soldiers who provided us with transport, found us refuge and treated our blistered feet and bruised bodies and fed us. By the time we reached Dibrugarh in Assam, our group had been reduced to half. Some had fallen ill and been left behind, some had died of starvation and disease. My mother miscarried along the way. The survivors were admitted to the Dibrugarh hospital for treatment. Mother and I had been virtually reduced to skeletons and my brother's condition was critical. We spent two months in hospital. When we recovered, we moved to Calcutta". She quit her schooling to support her family because her mother's salary as a nurse was not enough to feed a family of four.
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