Kumkum was born on 22 April 1934 in Sheikhpura, India. She was an actress, known for Mem Sahib (1956), Son of India (1962) and Ankhen (1968). She was previously married to Sajjad Akbar Khan. She died on 28 July 2020 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Nephew is actor Govinda. Govinda's mother Nirmala Devi and Kumkum are half sister's. They had the same father, (Vasudev Maharaj aka Vasudev Narayan Singh). Kumkum and her sister Radhika were the daughter's of Vasudev's Muslim mistress named Munnan. Kumkum step father's name was Nawab Manzoor Hassan Khan. He was a landlord of Hussainabad near Patna.