EXCLUSIVE: Mumtaz recalls her first day on sets of Ram Aur Shyam when she had to hit Dilip Kumar

Mumtaz is happy that a film fest is being organised in honour of Dilip Kumar, and to mark his 100th birth anniversary.

Updated on Nov 28, 2022   |  08:24 PM IST  |  213.6K
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EXCLUSIVE: Mumtaz recalls her first day on sets of Ram Aur Shyam when she had to hit Dilip Kumar (Pic Credit: Eros Now Music / YouTube)

Pinkvilla was the first to report that after celebrating Amitabh Bachchan’s 80th birthday in October with a four day film festival - ‘Bachchan: Back To The Beginning’, Film Heritage Foundation’s (FHF) Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is now organising a movie festival in honour of Dilip Kumar, to mark the late actor’s 100th birth anniversary. FHF recently made it official by announcing that the festival will be held in December, and has been titled - ‘Dilip Kumar Hero Of Heroes’. Now, Dilip Kumar’s Ram Aur Shyam co-star Mumtaz expresses her excitement about the fest. 

“Yusuf Saheb - what can I say about him as an artist? The whole world knows he was one of the best. He was a wonder of the world. I am so happy that the Film Heritage Foundation is celebrating his 100th birthday with a festival of films under the title “Hero Of Heroes”, and bringing films from our time back to the cinemas. I still remember when I worked with Yusuf Saheb on Ram Aur Shyam - the first day of the shoot my first shot was with him - and I had to hit him. I was so nervous, but he told me I should not worry and hit him hard as we were professionals and we must be absolutely natural,” recalls the veteran actress.

Mumtaz on Film Heritage Foundation’s efforts

Mumtaz also applauds FHF’s efforts to conserve, preserve and restore these yesteryear classics. “I had done two Bhojpuri films with Sujit Kumar and I would like people to see how fluently I spoke Bhojpuri, even though it was not a language I knew very well. I wanted to see once again how I performed in these films all these years later, but I am not able to find these films. Saving our film heritage is very important. If we don’t save our films, the generations to come will not know about the stars and the films that were made in our time,” she states. 

Dilip Kumar Hero Of Heroes’ is slated to be hosted on December 10 and 11.

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Anonymous
Nov 29, 2022
she is freinds with Yash Chopra\'s wife ( they were very close once upon a time ) , she forgave her husband for his own affairs, she refused to write her autobiography for hurting many though her journey was filled a lot of pain ... what a nice person .
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Anonymous
Nov 29, 2022
Rajesh Khanna - Mumtaz: what a perfect combination.
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Anonymous
Nov 29, 2022
Love her and miss seeing her in movies
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Anonymous
Nov 28, 2022
she comes across as very honest . she spoke about her own affair openly a few years back.
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Anonymous
Nov 28, 2022
she competed wth the queen of England once upon a time . film mags were filled with how she bought a gold bath tub the same one she saw while dining with the queen . Her husband and other African Indian businessmen were invited for dinner .
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Anonymous
Nov 28, 2022
shes a decent lady . has endured a great deal and now repeaing beenfits ij the form of a rich secure wife .
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Anonymous
Nov 28, 2022
starting as an extra at an innocent age ,how many can boast of reaching the pinnacle like her . she has worked very hard and has endured a great deal.
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Anonymous
Nov 28, 2022
Mumtaz did a good thing by marrying at the right age of 25 instaed of loitering for more and more roles . now shes among the richest in the world . leading a stress free life .
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