"Give her a break she is 73!”
Legendary Bollywood actress Mumtaz has reacted to rumours of her alleged death that took the internet by storm on Friday, 22 May 2020.
The veteran actress, who is currently residing in her London home along with her family confirmed she is well and healthy.
News of Mumtaz’s demise surfaced on Thursday, 21 May 2020. Reports also stated that her funeral was to be held on Saturday, 23 May 2020.
According to an interaction with the Times of India, Mumtaz explained how these death hoaxes have affected her family. She said:
“Oh, I am hale and hearty. Main abhi zinda hoon [I am still alive]. I am glad someone called to check officially.
“I don’t know why someone is deliberately doing this. It is some kind of joke?
“Last year, it shook my family and everyone called in worried sick. My near and dear ones were in different parts of the world and it traumatised all of them.
“In a way, it also troubled me a lot. This year, my daughters, grandkids, sons-in-law and my husband are all here with me in London.
“The lockdown has kept us all at home together and safe. Of course, I have more relatives around the world who got worried reading what made the rounds.
“Mujhe kyun maarna chahte hain log? [Why do people want to kill me?] Jab waqt aayega to main khud hi chali jaaongi [When it is my time, I will pass away].”
Mumtaz further added that when she does pass away, her family will announce the news. She explained:
“Jab marungi, to meri family officially bata degi sabko [When I pass away, my family will make an official statement].
“It won’t be a secret. It will be all over the place, I know that and I am sure of that. Death is as real as life and everyone will face it one day.
“But I can’t get my head around these death hoaxes that make the rounds once or twice in the year about a few of us.
“My nephew Shaad Randhawa is right there in Mumbai. The least anyone can do is ask him or my sister about me.
“People just spread the word without checking and, in turn, everyone hits the panic button.”
“In times like these, when the world is fighting a pandemic, I wonder who thought of this insensitive hoax to get a few eyeballs.
“I am not even stepping out of my house. My kids don’t let me do it. They are all taking such good care of me and trust me, my health is great.”
Mumtaz’s daughter, Tanya also took to Instagram to share a video of her mother. She captioned it:
“Message from my mother to her fans! With another death hoax going around she is well and doing great!
“Despite images of her being spread across the internet when she was fighting her cancer battle many years ago that claim she looks old!
“She is now healthy and happy and beautiful! Give her a break she is 73!”
Mumtaz ruled Bollywood during the 60s and 70s with her incredible acting skills and charm.
She starred in films like Do Raste (1969), Khandan (1965), Patthar Ke Sanam (1967), Brahmachari (1968) and many more.