Kishore Kumar’s 89th birth anniversary: Few unknown facts about the legendary singer

The multi-faceted personality Kishore Kumar, who was not just a singer but a superb actor too. The legend will always be remembered for series of his hit classical tracks including Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi, Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, Koi Humdum Na Raha, Chedo na Meri Zulfen and others. Apart from singing, Kishore Kumar also made his mark in the Hindi cinema by giving many hit films including Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Half Ticket, Pyar Kiye Jaa, Paisa Hi Paisa and others.

His memorable tracks can still be seen in the playlist of the young generation. Kishore Kumar’s songs are so lively that it can easily uplift anyone’s mood. Although, the legend was known for his energetic singing, but has faced several ups and down in his personal life.

In 1949, Kishore Kumar moved to Mumbai. He acted in several films like “Andolan” (1951), “Naukari” (1954) and “Musafir” (1957). However, Kishore Kumar’s real interest was in playback singing. SD Burman tapped Kishore for inner talent as a playback singer. SD Burman persuaded Kishore to develop his own style. That time he sung “Munjim” (1954), “Nau Do Gyarah” (1957).

Apart from his singing and acting career, Kishore Kumar had married four times. His first wife was Bengali singer and actress Ruma Guha Thakurta aka Ruma Ghosh from who he had son, singer Amit Kumar. Later, Kishore got married to Madhubala but she died in 1969. After Madhubala’s death, Kishore got married third time with Yogeeta Bali, however, his marriage with her didn’t last long as they got separated. Then, he married to Leena Chandravar from whom he had a son Sumit Kumar.

He won eight Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer. The songs — Roop Tera Mastana, Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera, Khaike Pan Banaras Wala, Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekheen, Pag Ghungroo Baandh, Agar Tum Na Hotel, Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain and Saagar Kinaare brought him the laurels.

His refusal to endorse the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi‘s 20-point programme resulted in he being banned from AIR and Vividh Bharati during the 1975-1977 Emergency period.

Kishore Kumar is undoubtedly even today also considered as the all-time favourite singer and today generation still loves to hear his romantic numbers.

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