Gayatri Devi, wife of renowned actor Raaj Kumar dies after battling illness for a period, she departed peacefully, with her children providing close care during her ailment.
During 60s, Raaj Kumar married Jennifer Pandit, an Anglo-Indian woman whom he reportedly met during a flight where she served as an air hostess. It is noted that she later adopted the name Gayatri Kumar in accordance with Hindu customs. The couple shared three children – sons Puru Raaj Kumar, Panini Raaj Kumar, and daughter Vastavikta Pandit who made herher cinematic debut in the 2006 film ‘Eight: The Power of Shani.’
Raaj Kumar’s Journey
Raaj Kumar stumbled into the film industry when veteran filmmaker Sohrab Modi spotted him during a visit to Metro cinema and offered him a film role. Despite his initial reluctance, Raaj Kumar eventually made his acting debut in the movie “Rangeeli” in 1952, marking the beginning of a stellar career in Indian cinema.
His impactful performances included roles in significant films like the Oscar-nominated “Mother India” in 1957. With over 70 Hindi films to his credit, Raaj Kumar became a prominent figure in Bollywood. His talent earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a cancer patient in “Dil Ek Mandir.”
Raaj Kumar’s cinematic legacy endures, having left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. His career spanned more than four decades, showcasing his exceptional acting prowess and leaving a lasting impact on Bollywood.
In a reunion after 30 years, Raaj Kumar and Dilip Kumar shared the screen in “Saudagar.” Despite their on-screen chemistry, off-screen reports suggest they never conversed except during their scenes. Raaj Kumar passed away at 69 due to throat cancer on July 3, 1996.