Mumtaz shot to fame after she appeared with Shammi Kapoor in Brahmchari’s hit track ‘Aajkal tere mere pyaar ke charche’ however her profitable stint as a number one heroine began with Rajesh Khanna-starrer Do Raaste. The 2 starred in nearly a dozen hit movies with one another together with Roti, Dushman and Aap Ki Kasam amongst many others. Mumtaz believes it was ‘luck’ that made their on-screen pairing successful with the viewers.
In a latest chat with Pinkvilla, Mumtaz shared that when she received married and left the nation, Rajesh Khanna stated, “I’ve misplaced my proper hand!” She added, “Kaka was too proud a person to say it on my face.” However Mumtaz learnt that he “missed” her quite a bit as they “made such a terrific pair.”
She recalled the time once they appeared in lots of hit movies, and it was a stroke of luck that none of their movies flopped. “None of my movies with Kaka flopped (from Do Raaste to Prem Kahani between 1969-1975). We didn’t give a single dud. Shayad hamare sitare milte the (Possibly our stars aligned). We have been fortunate for one another.”
Mumtaz stated that Rajesh Khanna was a “high quality actor. who’d acted with so many lovely heroines and had nice songs filmed on him. However each single movie of mine with him was successful. It needs to be luck.”
Rajesh Khanna handed away in 2012 and he or she remembered visiting him when his well being was deteriorating. “I visited him when he was unwell. Anju (Mahendroo) was there. Dimple (Kapadia) was there too. The household taken care of Kaka extraordinarily effectively. Even I miss him. After I occur to observe him on TV, I ponder kyun itni jaldi chale gaye? (Why did he go away so quickly?)”
Mumtaz has not appeared in any movie since 1990’s Aandhiyan, which was her comeback movie after 1977’s Aaina.