#Helen ji Dance Diva of Indian Cinema

Helen ji happened to our Indian Cinema by destiny. Without her Indian Cinema would have been colour less, energy less. With Film Howrah Bridge she became a star!! in true sense.

i wrote about Helen ji earlier. Do read and comment on it.


Born on 21 November in Burma, her family moved to India during world war II. Along the route her family by luck met Cukoo, the famous dance star of films of her times. With her help Helen got few assignments in films but all were chorus. Later she worked hard, got training in Kathak, Bharatnatyam etc so as to meet the requirements of Film Dancing.

I remember how she beautifully matched the dance skills with Ragini ji in film Shikari.

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Tumko dil diya itni shaan se

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watching at this song i felt Helen ji did incredible dancing, in many frames she danced better than Ragini ji.

Our dance teacher used to tell us, as to how to perform on stage, In all those things Helen ji was exactly fit! most notable is the facial expression. Face is crucial part, bhaav comes our from smallest twitch of muscles of face. but a look at face should give impression that dancer is enjoying his or her act. Whenever you see Helen ji dancing, that moment we forget everything and transform in dance world, the emotions etc take over.

Helen ji danced in films of many languages. Even in Bhojpuri films. But looking at her face one cannot make it out that she did’nt understand nuances of folk language or folk dance.

Most amazing thing was that she designed her costumes herself, she did her own makeup. She used to purchase accessories from abroad, whenever she got chance she brought all that needed for her costumes, Feathers etc.

One thing as a dance student i noticed that in all her dance she never looked vulgar!! She started the Cabaret dancing on screen, if you don’t believe then watch any dance number earlier to Helen ji. Sensuous yes but not vulgar.

May god bless her a long healthy life


Meena Kumari JI- a phenomena

मीनाकुमारी जी की जन्म तिथि पर On BirthDay of most respected Meena Kumari ji. the most awarded actor.

Most talented actor of Hindi films.
To understand this phenomena- a Super Star of Hindi Films one has to feel in heart.

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The day i saw Pakeezah, i started dancing.      The Music, editing, dialogues, the set design, rushes of frames, Picturisation all were superb and un-matched. As if, each frame was painted by a Painter with great care. The Character played by Meena Kumari ji came to life on screen with her inborn talent to show emotion. We saw the true Saheb Jaan. When She cried i cried, When she smiled i smiled that was the connection with her& Her screen presence.   When she lowered her eyelids and looked at hero through the corner of eyes i felt as if i am doing the same….
Thare Rahiyo …. banke yaar
All my classmates called me “Thare Rahio”, since i used to dance on this song of film Pakeezah. All through my schooldays and even in college days i was laughed at by all my classmates. WHY? Because I danced on all songs of Meana Kumari ji . Why they laughed because being a boy i used to dance? i was subjected to unnecessary taunts, comments. Even one uncle said that “your father will have problem for marrying you?”   This was the Most unexpected comment from most respected uncle who was my neighbour. We used to give keys of my house daily when all of us leave for school and my parents for office. Most amazing thing happened
When I went to participate in a dance competition held at AND Mahila Mahvidyalaya Harsh Nagar in Kanpur.  As i was coming out of college gate, i heard a voice “Thare Rahiyo” it was voice of some girl commenting from my behind? on that inter college dance competetion held at function ABHIVYAKTI in AND college that is a girls college.
So it is not that boys always pass comments at girls. But Girls also pass comments?  But i think Girls got confidence due to prevalent thinking in society that dancing is a bad thing and that too a boy was dancing on stage, thus it was a collective endevour of a group of girl students of AND Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Kanpur.  I am highlighting the perception of society towards the art of Dancing !!! that too if a boy dance.

All my school mates knew and remember me by the song “Thare Rahio” and नज़र लागी  राजा तोरे बंगले पर  “Nazar Laagi raja tore bangle par” also few remember me for “Inhi logo ne” इन्ही लोगों ने छीना दुपट्टा मेरा. What pains me that after 30 years If  I get to know that some of my classmates says oh that boy who used to dance? they remember me with that comment. I also see thier posts on social media, in that i see their daughters are learning dance, and that too in US America !! means when they were my classmates for them my dance was a bad thing and an object to redicule me. But as they went to America their daughters learning dance is a good thing.

But then this Saheb Bibi Gulam Happened. And I was star struck by acting skills of Meena ji. In the role of छोटी बहु Choti Bahu choti bahu Her acting was superb. The greatest histrionics played ever by any actor on screen of Hindi Films. My respect goes to Shri GURU DUTT saheb also. He casted her in this role? All of her frames in films were unparalleled till today.
Very recently i came to know that till the date Meena Kumari ji was doing this film she had not touched the drinks. As i have heard that Shri Kamal Amrohi ji had to assist her on acting after drinking.



To this great soul of India- A bharat Ratna. I offer my pranam

Such great star take birth very rarely on this earth.