• Birthplace: Hussainabad, Jharkhand
  • Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress


Kumkum, born Zaibunnissa, is an Indian film actress from Hussainabad in Bihar. She acted in almost 115 films in her career. She is best known for her roles in Mother India (1957), Son Of India (1962), Kohinoor (1960), Ujala, Naya Daur, Shreeman Funtoosh, Ek Sapera Ek Lutera, Ganga Ki Laharen, Raja Aur Rank, Aankhen (1968), Lalkaar and Geet etc. She paired with many film heroes of her era and was popular in roles alongside Kishore Kumar.

Kumkum also acted in Bhojpuri films, starting with Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo (1963), which was also the first ever Bhojpuri film.

The film depicts the life of one-time wealthy and noble poet Mirza Ghalib. The story revolves around his trials, successes and failures and his ultimate descent into poverty. Ghalib falls in love with a beautiful courtesan named Chaudvin; however, tragedy befalls their ill-fated relationship.Set in a historical background,the film deals with the eternal psychological and social problems in the career of a genious poet.This film portrays one aspect of life of Mirza Ghalib (Born:Dec.27,1797 Died:Feb.15,1869 at age 73)in which the conflict between love and loyalty had deeply affected a sensitive artist.Mirza Ghalib fails to make an impression at the Royal Court 'Mushaira' of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar but at the same time,unknowingly wins the heart of Chaudvin ,an accomplished court dancer.


1972 - Aan Baan
1968 - Aankhen - 1968
1956 - Basant Bahar
1979 - Bombay by Nite
1956 - C.I.D.
1959 - Char Dil Char Rahen
1973 - Dhamkee
1970 - Dharti
1960 - Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere
1973 - Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara
1955 - Funtoosh
1964 - Ganga Ki Lahren
1970 - Geet
1970 - Gunah Aur Kanoon
1955 - House No. 44
1973 - Jalte Badan
1955 - Kundan
1963 - Laagi Nahi Chhute Ram
1972 - Lalkaar
1954 - Mirza Ghalib
1955 - Mr. & Mrs. '55
1964 - Mr. X in Bombay
1957 - Naya Daur
1957 - Pyaasa
1968 - Raja Aur Runk
1966 - Smuggler
1962 - Son of India
1958 - Ujala