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When Raaj Kumar swore no Bollywood folks will likely be allowed at his funeral: ‘Shamshaan yatra ko tamasha bana dete hain movie line mein’


Yesteryear actor Raaj Kumar, who was recognized for his signature ‘Jaani’ on display, was an enormous star within the Nineteen Sixties and continued to work till the 90s in movies like Saudagar and Tirangaa. Friday marks Raaj Kumar’s ninety fifth delivery anniversary and on the event, we stumbled throughout an previous interview of his frequent collaborator, director Mehul Kumar.

In an interview shared on YouTube channel Bollywood Aaj Aur Kal, Mehul shared that whereas capturing a loss of life scene for a movie, Raaj Kumar as soon as stated that when he dies in actual life, he wouldn’t need anybody to find out about it because the loss of life of a star turns into a tamasha and he wouldn’t need his closing journey to be that method.

Mehul Kumar remembered that whereas capturing for the 1987 movie Marte Dum Tak, they have been filming the loss of life scene of the actor. “He was mendacity down within the van and I positioned a garland on him. Raaj Saab stated jokingly, ‘Jaani, abhi pehna lo haar. Jab jaayenge tab tumhe pata bhi nahi chalega.’ At that second, I didn’t say a lot, I simply informed him, ‘I hope you reside an extended life’.”

Raaj Kumar and Nana Patekar appeared collectively in Tirangaa.

However his assertion disturbed Mehul so he requested him about the identical post-pack-up. The Pakeezah star shared with Mehul, “He stated ‘Jaani, tumko maloom nahi, shamshaan yatra ko tamasha bana dete hain movie line mein. Individuals will come dressed up in white garments, then the press would additionally are available in. As a substitute of honoring the one who has handed away, it turns into a tamasha. My funeral is for my household. Nobody aside from my household will attend it.’”

When the Heer Raanjha star handed away in 1996, Mehul was reminded of his phrases as they felt virtually prophetic. Mehul recalled that he was capturing with Amitabh Bachchan and Dimple Kapadia for Mrityudaata in Mehboob Studios after they received a name that Raaj Kumar has handed away. He received a name from Raaj Kumar’s son Puru Raaj Kumar and it was solely after the household had carried out the ultimate rites. “That’s once I was reminded of the day when he informed me that there will likely be no movie folks at my funeral,” he recalled.

Later within the day, when Mehul, Amitabh and Dimple visited the Waqt star’s home, it was not a filmy affair, because the late actor had needed. “There have been only a few folks there, no filmy mahaul.”

Raaj Kumar appeared in fashionable movies like Tirangaa, Police Public, Kudrat, Pakeezah, Heer Raanjha and Waqt amongst many others.

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