Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at the age of 96. Her son Prince Charles is now king. But many don’t remember that Bollywood actor Padmini Kolhapure once kissed the future king and went on to be recognized in Britain as the ‘woman who kissed Prince Charles’. Read too: Queen Elizabeth II: Her Best Screen Portraits from The Queen to The Crown
Padmini greeted King Charles on the sets of her 1981 film Ahista Ahista, where she planted a kiss on his cheek in the heat of the moment. She placed a garland around his neck, kissed him on the cheek and laughed before walking away. That was enough to make headlines in both India and Britain, and it did.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times in 2007, Padmini said: “It was just a kiss on the cheek…the media took it elsewhere. It wasn’t a big deal.”
She later revealed that kissing the now king made her known as the ‘woman who kissed Prince Charles’. Speaking about the incident, she said in a 2013 interview with the Times of India: “He was visiting Mumbai and I don’t know what he thought he wanted to see a footage of. We were filming for Ahista Ahista at Rajkamal Studios. Shashikala ji made his Indian aarti and I just greeted him with a kiss on the cheek. But in those days it became a big thing. I remember going to London on holiday and a British immigration officer asked me, ‘Are you the same person who kissed Prince Charles?’ I was embarrassed.”
Padmini Kolhapure is among the most successful actors in Bollywood. She was at the top of her career in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. Ahista Ahista had Padmini in the role of Chandra, daughter of a courtesan. She also starred in Shammi Kapoor, Nanda, Kunal Kapoor and Shashikala.
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