Raaj Kumar died of throat cancer in 1996. The actor had once told filmmaker Mehul Kumar that he does not want people from Bollywood to attend his funeral.

Actor Raaj Kumara starred in more than 70 films in his career. The actor died in July 1996 after battling throat cancer for two years. Before his death, he had once told an industry colleague that he did not want people from the film brotherhood to attend his final rites. Also read: When Sharmila Tagore traveled in a car without air conditioning, the windows closed to keep Raaj Kumar’s wig in place

Raaj made his Bollywood debut with the 1952 film Rangili. He later appeared in notable films such as Mother India (1957), Hamraaz (1967), Heer Raanjha (1971), Maryada (1971), Lal Patthar (1971), Pakeezah ( 1972) and many more.

In an interview shared on YouTube channel Bollywood Aaj Aur Kal, director Mehul Kumar talked about the time he was shooting the 1987 film Marte Dum Tak with Raaj. The final shot of the film was of Raaj’s funeral procession canned outside Hotel Fariyas in Khandala. The actor insisted that Mehul put one sling around his ‘body’. Mehul recalled: “He was in the van and I placed a wreath on him. Raaj Saab jokingly said, ‘Jaani, abhi pehna lo hair. Jab jaayenge tab tumhe pata bhi nahi chalega.’ At that time I didn’t say much, I just said to him, ‘I hope you have a long life’.”

But Raaj’s statement left Mehul with questions, so after packing, when he went to the actor to clarify what he was saying. He said ‘Jaani, tumko maloom nahi, shamshaan yatra ko tamasha bana dete hain film line mein (you don’t know people in the industry). People come dressed in white clothes, then the press comes in too. “It will be a tamasha. My funeral is for my family. No one will attend except my family.”

Raaj’s last film was God and Gun which was released in 1995. The film also starred Raj Babbar, Jackie Shroff, Gouthami. His son Puru Raaj Kumar is also an actor, appearing in movies like Mission Kash. has worked

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