Throwback to 1981 where Padmini Kolhapuri kissed today’s King Charles; Have a look

Reminiscing the incident of 1981 where Bollywood actor Padmini Kolhapure kissed Charles while welcoming him with a garland and went on to be recognised in Britain as the ‘woman who kissed Prince Charles’

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Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest ruling monarch of the United Kingdom for seven decades, dies at 96 while Prince Charles has now roped to the Kingship.

Talking about King Charles there comes a years’ old historical incident that took a storm to India as well as to Britain. Reminiscing the incident of 1981 where Bollywood actor Padmini Kolhapure kissed Charles while welcoming him with a garland and went on to be recognised in Britain as the ‘woman who kissed Prince Charles’.

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On the show of her 1981 film Ahista Ahista she planted a peck on his cheek in utter excitement in the heat of the moment. She had put a garland around his neck, kissed him on his cheek and laughed before walking away. The video went on viral today as Charles has been declared the new King of Britain.

Speaking with Hindustan Times in 2007, Padmini had said, “It was just a peck on the cheek…the media took it somewhere else. It was no big deal.”

Talking about the incident, she said in a 2013 interview to Times of India, “He was visiting Mumbai and I don’t know what he thought that he wanted to see a shoot. We were shooting for Ahista Ahista at Rajkamal Studios. Shashikala ji did his Indian aarti and I just greeted him with a peck on his cheek. But, in those days, it became a big thing. I remember I went to London for a holiday and this British immigration officer asked me, ‘Are you the same person who kissed Prince Charles?’ I was left embarrassed.”

Padmini Kolhapure is among the most successful actors in Bollywood. She was on the top of her career in the late 70s, 80s and early 90s. It also starred Shammi Kapoor, Nanda, Kunal Kapoor and Shashikala.