Karisma Kapoor's Debut Film's Hero, Harish Kumar Reveals How She Saved Him From Drowning In Pool

Karisma Kapoor worked in her debut film, 'Prem Qaidi', alongside Harish Kumar, who now revealed an unknown anecdote related to one of his life-saving moments from their shooting days.


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Karisma Kapoor's Debut Film's Hero, Harish Kumar Reveals How She Saved Him From Drowning In Pool

Karisma Kapoor began her acting journey at the age of 17. She made her acting debut in the film, Prem Qaidi, alongside Harish Kumar. Talking about the actor, he was seen in multiple films in the 80s and 90s, including Ek Hi Phool, Farz Aur Kanoon, Coolie No. 1, Hero No. 1, Aunty No. 1, Prem Tapasya, Sansar and Haqeeqat. However, he left the showbiz shortly after that and was recently spotted by a pap. Therein, he revealed an unknown anecdote from his shooting days with Karisma, wherein she had saved his life.

Karisma Kapoor saved the life of the lead actor of her debut film, Prem Qaidi, Harish Kumar

There was a scene in the film, Prem Qaidi, released in 1991, wherein Karisma Kapoor can be seen insisting Harish Kumar to teach her swimming. However, he was reluctant to do so after watching her in a black monokini. Following this, Karisma can be seen jumping inside the pool and was found drowning. That is when Harish jumped inside and saved her. However, in reality, the situation narrated by the actor was completely different. 

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Harish Kumar did not know how to swim, and Karisma Kapoor saved the actor's life

Now, in an interview with Instant Bollywood, Harish Kumar opened up about a life-saving moment from his shooting days with Karisma Kapoor. He revealed that, in reality, he didn't know how to swim. Thus, when he jumped into the swimming pool and started drowning, people present on the set thought that he was pranking. Soon, Harish grabbed Karisma's clothes, and afterwards, she dragged him out of the pool. Talking about the same, Harish shared:

"Karisma ko bachane ke liye main kuda lekin reality mein Karisma ne mujhe bachaya kyunki mujhe swimming nhi aati thi. Really main thori der mein hi duubne laga, duub hi gaya tha aur sabko laga prank kar raha. Literally Karisma ne pakda, usko laga ki sachmein main duub raha, maine unke kapde pakad liya tha. Aesa the 90s mein."

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Harish Kumar once revealed the real reason why he left showbiz

Harish Kumar started his career as a child artist, and worked in many Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. He has also shared the screen with popular actors like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Govinda, Mithun Chakraborty, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Chiranjeevi, Dharmendra, Jeetendra and many others. However, he soon left behind the showbiz and was rarely seen in the limelight. Harish was last seen in the film, Aa Gaya Hero, opposite Govinda. Once, in an interview with Hindustan Times, Harish revealed why he was forced to take a step back from his acting career. The actor mentioned that he was completely bedridden, and thus, he doesn’t blame anyone for the downfall of his career. In his words:

“I am very much in India, sometimes in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. But why I left showbiz is a very personal reason, which I don’t like to talk about much. I suffered a major back injury which left me bedridden which also became my reason to leave showbiz. It was a major slip disc, with issues in my L3 and L5. The situation was so bad that I couldn’t even go to the washroom. I was very careless when I was young, and didn’t even realise when I got this injury, pata hi nahi laga mujhe. But I didn’t want to go for any operation. Kabhi Kabhi ho jata hai life mein, aisa samaya aa jata hai. Pehle pehle doctor ne do saal ke liye kaam karne ko mana kar diya, uske baad pata hi nahin chala ke kahan kho gaya main.”

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Harish Kumar wants to make a comeback in the Hindi film industry as a director

In the same conversation, Harish also confessed that he has already accepted his fate. Further, explaining how he kept himself busy working on scripts, screenplay, and dialogues for his upcoming projects during his time away from films, he mentioned that he would like to turn into a director very soon. He stated:

“I have done over 300 films in my career, but I don’t know why people remember me for Prem Qaidi. However, I am really humbled that I still get so much love and people still remember me, even when I have not acted for a long time. Coming back is important, but I want to direct, and have worked on a very big script and want to make my own film soon.”

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