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


Last year’s actor Raaj Kumar, who was famous for his signature ‘Yaani’ on screen was a huge star in the 1960s and continued to work until the 90s in films such as Saudagar and Tirangaa. Friday 95th anniversary of the birth of Raaj Kumar On this occasion, we stumbled upon an old interview with his permanent collaborator, director Mehul Kumar.

In an interview posted on Bollywood YouTube channel Aaj Aur Kal, Mehul shared that while filming a death scene for a film, Raj Kumar once said that when he dies in real life, he would not want anyone to know about it. how about death a celebrity becomes tamasha and he would not want his last journey to be like this.

Mehul Kumar recalled that during the filming of the 1987 film “Marte Dum Tak” the scene of the death of the actor was filmed. “He was in the van and I put a garland on him. Raaj Saab jokingly said:Jaani, abhi pehna lo haar. Jab jayenge tab tumhe pata bhi nahi chalega. At that moment I didn’t say much, I just told him, “I hope you live a long life.”

Raj Kumar and Nana Patekar appeared together in Tirangaa.

But his statement alarmed Mehul, so he asked him about the same package. The Pakiz star shared with Mehul, ”he said. ‘Jaani, tumko malum nakhi, shamshaan yatra ko tamasha bana det hain film line mine. People in white robes will come, then the press will enter. Instead of honoring the person who passed away, it becomes tamasha… My funeral for my family. No one but my family will be present. “

When the star Heer Raanj passed away in 1996, Mehul remembered his words as they seemed almost prophetic. Mehul remembered that he had filmed with Amitabh Bachchan and Dimple Kapadia for Mrityudaata at Mehboob Studios when they got a call that Raj Kumar had passed away. He received a call from the son of Raj Kumar Puru Raj Kumar, and it was only after the family had performed the last rites. “It was then that I was reminded of the day he told me that there would be no filmmakers at my funeral,” he recalled.

Later that day, when Mehul, Amitabh, and Dimple visited the home of the star Wakta, it was not a movie like the late actor wanted. “There were very few people there, there were no films. mahaul… “

Raaj Kumar has appeared in popular films such as Tirangaa, Police Public, Kudrat, Pakeezah, Heer Raanjha and Waqt and many more.



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