Yesteryear actress Kumkum has passed away on Tuesday, 28 July. She was 86.
Legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt had spotted her and introduced to Bollywood with the song 'Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar Laaga Teere Nazar' in Jagdeep's Aar Paar. She had done a small role in his Pyaasa and the famous track Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan was shot on her.
A Good Dancer
Thereafter, there was no looking back for her as she went on to act in more than 100 movies in Bollywood. Her dance in the songs like Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re and Haye Jaadugar Qaatil, Haazir Hai Mera Dil in Kohinoor garnered a lot of appreciation.
Her chemistry with Kishore Kumar had worked well in a couple of movies. Their tracks like Khoobsurat Haseena from Mr X in Bombay, Ijazat Ho Toh from Haaye Mera Dil, Sultana Sultana from Shreeman Funtoosh and Machalti Hui from Ganga Ki Lahren remain popular even today.
Her notable films were Mother India, Kohinoor, Ujala, Naya Daur, Raja Aur Runk, Geet andAankhen among many others. She was also the leading lady of first Bhojpuri film Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo.
Multifaceted talent Naved Jafri, son of Jagdeep, has condoled Kumkum's death with a tweet, "Khoobsurat Haseena" from Mr. X in Bombay, "Ijazat Ho Toh" from Haaye Mera Dil, "Sultana Sultana" from Shreeman Funtoosh and "Machalti Hui" from Ganga Ki Lahren. [sic]"