TDIM - Kishore Kumar's Death Anniversary - 13th Oct
October 13, 2013 @ 18:27 pm
Kishore Kumar's Death Anniversary
Kishore Kumar was an extremely popular and brilliant Indian film playback singer and scriptwriter. He sang in many Indian languages. He was known to have won 8 Filmfare Awards for the Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for most number of Filmfare Awards won in that category. He was awarded the "Lata Mangeshkar Award" by the Madhya Pradesh government and from that year onwards, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated a new award called the "Kishore Kumar Award" for contributions to Hindi cinema.
When it comes to going back to Kishore’s childhood, He seems to have been the youngest lad in the Ganguly family, preceded by Ashok, Sati, & Anoop. His father Kunjalal Ganguly was a lawyer and his mother Gouri Devi came from a wealthy Bengali family.
While Kishore was still a child, Ashok Kumar became a Bollywood actor. Later, Anoop Kumar also ventured into cinema with the help of Ashok Kumar. Spending time with his brothers, Kishore also started to take keen interest in films and music. He became a fan of singer-actor K. L. Saigal, whom he considered his guru, and tried to follow his singing style.
After Ashok Kumar became a big star in Hindi films, the Ganguly family used to visit Mumbai regularly. Abhas Kumar changed his name to Kishore Kumar and started his cinema career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies, where his brother worked. Kishore Kumar's first film as an actor was Shikari (1946), in which Ashok Kumar played the lead role. Music director Khemchand Prakash gave Kishore Kumar a chance to sing "Marne ki duayen kyon mangu" for the film Ziddi in 1948. After this, Kishore Kumar got many other assignments, but he was not very serious about a film career. In 1949, he decided to settle in Mumbai.
Kishore Kumar played hero in the Bombay Talkies film Andolan in 1951, directed by Phani Majumdar. Although Kishore Kumar got some assignments as an actor with the help of his brother, he was more interested in becoming a singer. He was not interested in acting but his elder brother Ashok Kumar wanted him to be an actor just like him.
However Kishore Kumar's real interest was in playback singing. It was S.D. Burman who first tapped Kishore's inner talents as a playback singer. It was during the making of "Mashaal" that SD Burman told Kishore that he was trying too hard to imitate KL Saigal. SD Burman persuaded Kishore to develop his own style. In this period, he sang for a number of films. Some of the major ones were, "Munjim" in 1954, "Nau Do Gyarah" in 1957.
However when it comes to acting, Kishore wasn’t afraid to borrow and experiment with techniques. For instance he was inspired by the yodelling that he heard on his brothers phonograph records. He also adapted this technique with great public appreciation. He used this in a number of films, such as "New Delhi" in 1957 and "Pyar Ka Mausam" in 1969.
Although acting did not seem to be his real passion, he continued to act in a number of capacities. His romantic hero personas never really clicked at the box office. However his comedic roles really proved to be his forte. This was amply demonstrated in such films as "New Delhi" in 1957, "Asha" in 1957, "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi" in 1958, "Half Ticket" in 1962, and "Padosan" in 1968.
The 1960s proved to be a mixed period for Kishore Kumar. On the bright side, there were a number of hit songs from this period. Some examples are Gaata Rahe Mera Dil from "Guide" in 1964, and Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara from "Jewel Thief" in 1967. However he also had his problems. For instance there was the much publicized problems with the Indian government over income tax evasion. He began to acquire a reputation of being unreliable. He frequently used to come late for recordings and occasionally would not show up at all. Furthermore many of his movies flopped. To make matters worse, there was also the tense marital relationship with his wife Madhubala compounded by her deteriorating health. By 1968, he was so disheartened that he thought of retiring.
Regardless of his death, Kishore Kumar's reputation till today remains unabated.
Also check our top 5 favorite songs by Kishore Kumar.
• Roop tera mastana
• Sapno ki rani kab ayyegi tu
• Chukar mere man ko
• Saamne wali khidki me
• O Saathi re
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