‘Mother India’ actor Kumkum passes away at 86 – Beyond Bollywood

The late actor has featured in almost 115 films in her career and also starred in the first ever Bhojpuri film, ‘Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo’ (1963).

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Edited by Ruchika Shah

Veteran actor Zaibunnissa who was famously  known by the name of ‘Kumkum’ passed away at the age of 86 on Tuesday (28 July,2020). The actress has starred in films like ‘Mother India’ (1957), ‘Ujala’ (1959) and ‘Kohinoor’ (1960). Kumkum career span includes 115 films. 

Film actor Nasirr Khan, son of actor Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi who was better known by his stage name ‘Johnny Walker’, confirmed the news of her demise on twitter.

Sharing a picture of Kumkum, alongside his father, Khan wrote, “yesteryear’s film actress KUMKUM aunty, passed away, she was 86. she did so many films; songs & dances where picturized on her. did so many movies opposite dad #johnywalker”.

He added in another tweet, “2 most famous 1’s being #pyaasa & #cid she was the female in the immortal “ye hai bombay mer jaan” song with him. may Allah grant her Jannah. deepest condolences to the family. another gem gone…”

2 most famous 1’s being #pyaasa & #cidshe was the female in the immortal “ye hai bombay mer jaan” song with him.may Allah grant her Jannah.deepest condolences to the family.

another gem gone…

— Nasirr Khan (@khanasirr) July 28, 2020

Kunkum was introduced to the arc lights by the legendary Guru Dutt in the song ‘Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar’ from Dutt’s film ‘Aar Paar’ (1954). The filmmaker was to picturise the song on his friend and actor Jagdeep (born Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jaffrey) but later changed his mind to cast a female actor.

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Kumkum also made a mark in the first ever Bhojpuri film titled ‘Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo’ in 1963.