Helen Richardson Khan is a great dancer and actress of Anglo-Burmese origin. She was well known for playing the role of vamps and vixens in Bollywood movies in the 1960s. Helen is best remembered for her cabaret numbers.
Most songs picturised on Helen were sung by Asha Bhosle. Helen is believed to have attended the song recording sessions in order to get a better feel of the music.
and After a long break from cinema, Helen returned on screen with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Khamoshi. She also played Salman Khan's mother in the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Helen married writer Salim Khan, who was already married at the time and is the step-mother of Salman Khan, Arbaaz KhanSohail Khan.
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.