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Raj Kumar’s Death Was Kept A Secret Till His Cremation, But Why?

Tanvi Dhote

May 6, 2021

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Raj Kumar was one of the most talented actors in Bollywood. But why was his death kept a secret from the media and especially the actor’s die hard fans?

Raj Kumar was considered as a rare gem of Bollywood. His acting prowess and power-packed voice made any character come to life in a new light. Raj Kumar was flamboyant in real life as he was shown in reel life. From the early 80s to 90s, he had gathered a massive fan following. But when this superstar died, his passing was kept secret and his cremation ceremony took place only in the presence of his close family members? But why did this happen? Find out below.

Bollywood is full of talented actors and actresses and every year a new face is launched. While many of these actors have successfully sustained in this industry, very few have been able to leave a mark for themselves the way superstar Raj Kumar did. In the 80s and 90s, every producer and filmmaker wanted to be associated with the actor.

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His acting chops and powerful voice entranced movie lovers across the globe. Very few Bollywood actors have been able to showcase their multi-faceted personality the way Raj Kumar did. No wonder, in his acting career Raj Kumar earned several awards and accolades. But when the actor passed away, why was death kept a secret? Even today, his fans do not know the answer of this.

After working in the industry for so long, Raj Kumar developed throat cancer and he found it difficult to even breathe or chew his food. His health was dwindling with every passing day. But still Raj Kumar made sure to keep his health issues to himself. Only Raj Kumar’s son knew about his suffering. But on July 3, 1996, Raj Kumar passed away.

According to media reports, Raj Kumar realised he was going to die, a day before he passed away. Hence he gathered all his family members and told them that he might pass away any moment. He then instructed them to let people know about his death after he was cremated. Moreover, Raj Kumar did not believe in gathering a crowd after one’s passing and he did not want the same for himself. He did not want anybody to see him after his death. Hence, Raj Kumar’s death was kept as a secret from his fans and the media.

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