October 16, 2010

Helen Week - Movie Mahal: Helen

Welcome to Helen Week - Day 2

Movie Mahal:Helen was telecast in the UK on Channel 4 in 1989. A very, very special thanks goes to our friend Asli Jat for making it available after all these years for this blog.

During the course of the show, Helen looks back fondly at her life and career and shares many interesting stories:
How did she break into the business?
Who was her favorite dancer?
What movie revived her career?
Watch Movie Mahal:Helen and find out. :)


  1. Glad to see you're sharing the Helen episodes on Youtube now also. Hopefully that way more people will be able to enjoy them.

    Just a small correction, Movie Mahal was broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK, not the BBC.

    Good luck with your Helen Week, hope you get a lot of visitors & comments for all your hard work !

  2. Yes, I finally got around to uploading the show on Youtube so I could post it here for Helen Week.

    Thanks for the correction about Channel 4. I just entered the right info in the post.

    Hopefully, more people will see this rare and wonderful show about Helen here and on Youtube.

    Thanks again for your generosity in sharing it. :)

  3. Yippy! Another great and very rare post. Omg Mister Naidu you are making me really very greedy and exited! I always love every of your posts and eagerly wait for them. This Helen Week is really gonna be a blast for all the Helen fans. Isn't it? You had a great start and our exception level was really very high to watch something new, and again you posted something really very new and special and you didn't disappoint us. Thanks a lot dear. Fantastic work! Looking for more in the third day. So best of luck.

  4. Thanks Ridhima for the kind words. I think all Helen fans will enjoy this latest post. If I must say so myself its a very rare and excellent show. Enjoy!

    Stay tuned for more! :)

  5. I really enjoyed this. I love the interviews and the insight they give into the Hindi film industry. It is very difficult to find this sort of information here in the US.

    Thank you so much!

  6. Enjoying it already! Thanks for the documentary and keep uo the great work :)

  7. curiouser1228 -

    You're welcome. :)

    barbie-o -

    Glad u like it.

    Anonymous -

    I agree. :D

  8. Can u pls correctly inform me that who was her favorite dancers? As i didn't heard correctly. At first she said about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers then Gene Kelly which she said was her favorite then Cyd Charrise, but didn't heard properly the names of the other persons which she mentioned. May be i missed three of them, the one after Gene Kelly and the last names. As i do want to know too that who was her favorites. Pls...

  9. Ann Margaret and Ann Miller. I couldn't make out the last one mentioned.

  10. Thank you so much for making this great show available! I have the Merchant & Ivory one, but this one is much more interesting.

    However, after watching parts 1-4, I sadly discovered that parts 5 and 6 have been removed from YouTube. If at all possible, is there a way to make them available again, or are they going to just keep removing them? (Keeping my fingers crossed.)

    Thank you very much in advance!

  11. YW and glad u enjoyed it. It's too bad they removed 5 & 6. Unfortunately, if I send it again they will remove it again. Sorry.

  12. Thanks for the reply to my previous post. Searching for information on Helen is what had led me to your blog. I must admit I have discovered a real treasure chest and want to thank you again for your continuous work!

    I hope this does not sound too rude, but do you know of anywhere else one might be able to watch this show? As I had written, the last third is not available on YouTube. I have also tried the link in your "Helen: Always In Step" post to http://www.bwtorrents.com/, but that site seems to be down altogether.

    I am so dying to see the final part of this wonderful show!

  13. Thanks you for the kind comments.

    Oh yes, you can get the DVD with Movie Mahal: Helen at Bwtorrents. They've been off-line for a couple of months, but they're suppose to be back any day now. You don't need to register. Just click on the torrent file and download :)

  14. Helen's favorite dancers
    Thank you very much for these blog posts, Mr. Naidu. Lots of good viewing you've provided just in Helen Week 2010, not to mention exploring other posts!

    The names that were hard to understand--and partly because they are less famous--are
    Marge and Gower Champion.
    They danced in several minor MGM musicals of the 1950s. Mr. Champion (Gower) later became a very successful Broadway musical choreographer and director.

  15. Thanks for revealing the dancers that Helen spoke of in her interview. :tup

    And sorry for not posting your comments sooner. Blog was in hibernation. :d


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