Veteran actor Kumkum passes away
Kumkum was spotted by Guru Dutt, who was looking for a good dancer to picturise the immortal song Kabhi aar kabhi paar for his 1954 film, Aar Paar
Veteran Bollywood actor Kumkum, who worked in around 115 films, passed away today at her residence in Bandra, Mumbai. She was 86.
Television director and late comedian Jagdeep's son Naved Jafri confirmed the news. "We have lost another gem. I have known her since I was a kid and she was family, a superb artist and a fantastic human being. Rest in peace Kumkum aunty," Naved wrote on Twitter. The reason for her death is yet to be declared.
Kumkum was born Zaibunnissa on April 22, 1934, in Hussainabad, Bihar. Her father was the Nabab of Hussainabad.
She was spotted by Guru Dutt, who was looking for a good dancer to picturise the immortal song Kabhi aar kabhi paar for his 1954 film, Aar Paar. Dutt finalised Kumkum and the song went on to become a huge hit. Guru Dutt then gave her a role in his 1957 classic, Pyaasa.
Kumkum also worked with Shammi Kapoor in Mem Saheb (1956) and had a lead role opposite the actor in Char Dil Char Raahein (1959).
A fine Kathak dancer, she trained under Pandit Shambhu Maharaj.
Kumkum's notable films include Mr. X In Bombay, Mother India, Son Of India, Kohinoor, Ujala, Naya Daur, Shreeman Funtoosh, Raja Aur Runk, Lalkaar, and Geet.
She starred opposite Ashim Kumar in the first Bhojpuri film, Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo (1963).