Veteran actress Kumkum dies at 86

Veteran actress Kumkum dies at 86

Veteran actress Kumkum, who appeared in films like Mother India, Kohinoor, Ujala, Ek Sapera Ek Lootera, and Naya Daur, among others, died at the age of 86 on Tuesday. Her death was confirmed by Johnny Walker's son, actor Nasir Khan on Twitter. The cause of her death is yet to be known. Sharing two throwback pictures of Kumkum, Nasirr Khan wrote, "Yesteryear's film actress KUMKUM aunty, passed away, she was 86. she did so many films; songs & dances were picturized on her. did so many movies opposite dad #johnnywalker (sic)."

In another tweet, he wrote, "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 (sic)."

Naved Jafri also condoled the actress's death on Twitter. He wrote, "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, innalillahe wa innailaihe raajeoon. Rest in peace kunkum aunty."

Kumkum made her Bollywood debut as a dancer in 1954 with the song Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar Laaga Teere Nazar from the film Aar Paar. She then went on to act in several successful films including Raja Aur Runk, Geet, Aankhen, and Lalkar, to name a few. Kumkum also acted in the first-ever Bhojpuri film titled Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo. The film released in 1963. The song Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan from the film CID was picturized on the late actress.