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Actor Kumkum passes away

Actor Kumkum, who appeared in films like Aar Paar, CID, Kohinoor among more, has passed away. She was 86.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 28, 2020 6:51:43 pm
Kumkum dead Kumkum was 86. (Express archive photo)

Veteran Bollywood actor Kumkum, who featured in over 100 films and popular songs such as “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” and “Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi”, passed away on Tuesday at her residence in Bandra, Mumbai. She was 86.

Naved Jafri shared the news on Twitter. He tweeted, “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.”

Kumkum was best known for her roles in movies like Mr. X in Bombay, Mother India, Son Of India, Kohinoor, Ujala, Naya Daur, Shreeman Funtoosh, Ek Sapera Ek Lutera, Ganga Ki Laharen, Raja Aur Runk, Aankhen, Lalkaar, Geet and Ek Kuwara Ek Kuwari.

She also starred in the first Bhojpuri film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo in 1963.

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Kumkum appeared in popular songs like “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” in Guru Dutt’s film Aar Paar. This is said to be her first Hindi film appearance. She was also seen in the song “Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan” in Guru Dutt’s CID. “Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re” is another popular song that featured Kumkum as the dancing talent.

The actor’s last rites took place at Mazgaon cemetery.

(With inputs from PTI)

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