Helen Shopped in a Burqa, Tanuja Found Hindi Hard

Published: 11th April 2016 03:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th April 2016 03:51 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Yesteryear Bollywood divas Helen and Tanuja took fans gathered at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall down memory lane on Saturday.

The two shared anecdotes and discussed their favourite songs with TV and film actor Kabir Bedi.

Interspersed with hits from their heydays, the two women talked about the beginnings of their journey into Bollywood.

The convent-educated Tanuja told the audience, present in hundreds, that she found it difficult to speak in Hindi. “It took me some time to get used to it,” said the actor.

Popular trumpet player Kishore Sodha, who was part of R D Burman’s orchestra, paid her tribute with Raat Akeli Hain, from Jewel Thief.

Helen, who took centre stage a couple of hours into the event, said, “I used to wear a burqa when I went out to the streets to shop.”

The artiste of Franco-Burmese descent, known for playing the vamp and regaling the audience with cabaret dance, is married to Salim Khan. She charmed the audience with her smile and shared the hardships of her childhood and career milestones.

Artistes Sinchan Dixit, Kinjal Chatterjee, Sagar Sawarkar, Samanvitha Sharma, Aniket Prabhu and 12-year-old Anjana Padmanabhan, Srinivas Achar Dammur, held the audience rapt with songs like Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu, Yeh Mera Dil, Piya Tu Ab To Aja and Meri Jaan Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho.

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