Veteran actress Kumkum dies at 86

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Mumbai : Veteran actress Kumkum who is best known for featuring in popular song ‘Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan’ from 1956 film C.I.D, died in Mumbai on Tuesday, reported PTI.

Kumkum was 86 and died at her residence in Mumbai's Bandra after battling age related diseases, her last rites took place at Mazgaon cemetery, her sister-in-law was quoted saying.

It may be mentioned here that Kumkum was introduced to Hindi films by legendary actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt in the 50s. Guru Dutt, who gave her a break in his 1954 film ‘Aar Paar’ as a dancer in the song ‘Kabhi Aar, Kabhi Paar’. She also played a small role in Guru Dutt's 1957 movie ‘Pyaasa’.

Kumkum, who was a popular actor in the 50s and 60s, starred in over 100 films during a career spanning over two decades. Kumkum also featured in popular songs such as ‘Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan’ from 1956 film C.I.D, ‘Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re’ from 1960 film ‘Kohinoor’ and ‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’ from 1964 movie ‘Mr X In Bombay’. 

Kumkum co-starred with Shammi Kapoor in a brief role in 1956 film Mem Saheb and played the female lead opposite in 1959 movie Char Dil Char Raahein. Kumkum worked with Dilip Kumar in Kohinoor.

Kumkum starred opposite Kishore Kumar in several movies and songs such as ‘Sultana Sultana’ from ‘Shreeman Funtoosh’, ‘Ijazat Ho Toh’ from ‘Haaye Mera Dil’ and ‘Machalti Hui’ from ‘Ganga Ki Lahren’, are some of their popular onscreen appearances. She also worked with Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar.

Bollywood celebs took to social media to pay tribute to the actress.