Fenil and Bollywood

The search for Helen version 2.0!

Posted on: December 11, 2009

Producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria are on the look out for a young Helen to sizzle in a cabaret in his movie

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 11, 2009)

Helen sizzled on screen with her divine dancing skills and is a tough act to match. Producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria are trying to achieve the impossible – a hunt for a young Helen is on for a cabaret number for their tentatively titled film, Once Upon a Time in Bombay.

Every girl shaking her booty in a club is a potential Helen for them. Explains Milan, “Since our film is set during the late 1960s and 1970s, I wanted to bring in the feel, flavour and mood of the era through a cabaret. At first, we thought of an item song with a celebrated guest actress. But that would break the flow and rhythm of the narration. Now, we want a completely new face, Helen of the new millennium. The girl should possess the poise, grace and rhythm of Helen in the 60s.”

Music director Pritam Chakraborty is composing the song right now for Luthria. Pritam says, “That’s precisely the brief given to me. To recreate – I won’t call it a remix – one of RD Burman-Asha Bhosle’s most beloved cabaret songs. It would be a mix of the original rhythm with fresh paces like ‘…and we twist’ in Love Aaj Kal.”

Kangna Ranaut will also be a part of the cabaret item.

(L): Helen in Piya tu…, Milan Luthria, Pritam

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