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Veteran actress Kumkum passes away at 86

Veteran Bollywood actress Kumkum, who worked in around 115 films, passed away at her residence in Bandra, Mumbai. She was 86.

Television director and late comedian Jagdeep’s son Naved Jafri tweeted to confirm 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.

Remembering “Kumkum aunty”, Naved also posted a few pictures of the late actress.

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”. Dutt finalized 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).

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”.

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