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Gayatri Pandit, Wife Of Late Actor Raaj Kumar Passes Away At 69

During 60s, Raaj Kumar married Jennifer Pandit, an Anglo-Indian woman whom he reportedly met during a flight.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Dec 2, 2023 01:36 IST
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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

First published on: Dec 01, 2023 08:53 PM IST

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