Lata Mangeshkar mourns demise of actor Kumkum


NEW DELHI: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on Tuesday mourned the demise of veteran Bollywood actor Kumkum, who passed away earlier today at the age of 86. The late actor had more than 100 films under her credit and has graced the screens by appearing in hit songs including ‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’.

Upon the news, the 90-year-old musician took to Twitter to express her sorrow and wished for peace to the departed soul of the actor.


Television director Naved Jafri was among the first few to break the news of her demise and to pay their respect.

He, on Twitter, shared multiple pictures of the late actor and recalled the memories attached to her.”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, innalillahewainnailaiheraajeoon. Rest in peace kumkum aunty”, his tweet read.

Kumkum was popularly known for her roles in the movies like ‘Kohinoor’, ‘Mr. X in Bombay’, ‘Mother India’, ‘Raja Aur Runk’, ‘Aankhen’, and more.

Kumkum  worked in around 115 films, passed away on Tuesday at her residence in Bandra, Mumbai.
Kumkum was born Zaibunnissa on April 22, 1934, in Hussainabad, Bihar. Her father was 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 onto become a huge hit. Dutt then gave her a role in his 1957 classic, “Pyaasa”. Kumkum worked with Shammi Kapoor in “Mem Saheb” (1956) and had a lead role opposite the actor “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).