Veteran Bollywood actor of 50s and ’60s, Kumkum passed away at the age of 86. Kumkum was a popular actor who had been given a break in films by the legendary Guru Dutt.
Kumkum, born Zaibunnissa in Bihar, worked in as many as 115 films in her career. She is best remembered for her films Mr X in Bombay (1964), Mother India (1957), Son Of India (1962), Kohinoor (1960), Ujala, Naya Daur, Shreeman Funtoosh, Ek Sapera Ek Lutera, Ganga Ki Lahren, Raja Aur Runk, Aankhen (1968), Lalkaar, Geet and Ek Kuwara Ek Kuwari.
In her career, while she worked with a number of leading actors, she is best remembered for her films with Kishore Kumar. Kumkum was introduced by Guru Dutt. She features as a construction worker in the hit song Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar, though she was not credited for the role.
For the uninitiated, In later life, she worked in Bhojpuri films and earned a name for herself.