Kishore Kumar was an Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the most successful playback singers of the Hindi film industry. On his 89th birth anniversary, here are some unknown facts about legendary singer.
Kishore Kumar was born on August4, 1929 in a Bengali family in Khandwa, Central Provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh) as Abhas Kumar Ganguly.
He started his cinema career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies where his brother Ashok Kumar worked.
Kishore Kumar has sung songs in multiple languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya.
He holds the record for winning the most number of Filmfare Award trophy for the Best Male Playback Singer. He won it 8 times.
Kishore Kumar married four times. His first wife was Ruma Guha Thakurta with whom he had a son Amit Kumar. He married fellow actor Madhubala in 1960 and remained married to her till her death in 1969. His third marriage was to actress Yogeeta Bali but was again a brief affair lasting from 1976-1978. His fourth wife was Leena Chandavarkar with whom he had another son Sumit Kumar and was married to her till his death in 1987.
Kishore Kumar was banned from AIR and Vividh Bharti from 1975-77 after he opposed Indira Gandhi’s 20-point programme.
Kishore Kumar was a loner; in an interview with Pritish Nandy (1985) he said that he had no friends—he preferred talking to his trees instead. Once, when a reporter made a comment about how lonely he must be, Kishore Kumar took her to his garden, named some of the trees there and introduced them to the reporter as his closest friends.
Kishore Kumar had a “Beware of Kishore” sign placed on the entrance of his house.
Kishore Kumar was very particular about his payments. He would only start singing during records when his secretary informed him of the receipt of the payment.
Well, the singer will always remains in our hearts with his soulful songs.