• 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.