March 10, 2014 6:10:21 PM IST updated May 31, 2014 9:36:38 AM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Whenever Bollywood would talk about dancers, particularly the actresses who excelled in cabaret, the actress whose name will pop up instantaneously after the legendary Helen, is Padma Khanna, the sexy and voluptuous actress best remembered for her sizzling hot number Husn Ke Lakh Rang... in JOHNY MERA NAAM. The brilliant actress turns 65 on March 10. Glamsham.Com wishes her a very happy birthday and enlightens the young generation more about Bollywood first and most seductive number Husn Ke Lakh Rang... immortalized by Padma Khanna.
Just as Helen's yeh mera dil pyaar ka deewana in DON is still regarded as the best sensuous number ever picturised in Bollywood likewise Padma Khanna's Husn Ke Lakh Rang... in JOHNY MERA NAAM is a cornerstone in sizzling numbers. In fact this is Bollywood's 'First Striptease' erotic dance where Padma Khanna disrobes herself gradually to her tantalizing red bra and panty. The song was the biggest asset in making the movie JOHNY MERA NAAM a box-office success and made the struggling actress Padma Khanna, a celebrity overnight.
Recalling the dance number, Padma Khanna in an interview said, ''When Goldie (Vijay Anand), director of JOHNY MERA NAAM explained me the situation I declined outrightly'.'' She adds, ''But Goldie emotionally convinced me that I had to disrobe for the sake of my beloved and guarantee the song will prove a turning point in my career. Truly the song made me a star overnight. And most importantly when I saw the end result I was contented because Goldie shot it so deftly that the song does not look crude or vulgar yet it is sensuous!''
Padma Khanna is presently running a dance academy called Indianica Dance Academy in New Jersey and popularizing Indian dance.