Kishore Kumar – need I give an introduction? If one of the most vibrant, albeit eccentric personalities the Hindi film industry has ever seen were still alive, he would celebrate his 81st birthday today. I didn’t prepare to write anything in particular about the man but I do want to acknowledge that I love Kishore da. 🙂
Kishore Kumar – Kishore means a young boy and Kumar means a prince – and that’s precisely what he was. Forever young at heart and a prince who won the adoration of everyone who listened to his voice or saw him onscreen.
I may be wrong but I think he is the only one in the industry who is the king of all trades – singing, dancing (ok not dancing so much maybe), acting, directing – is there anything he couldn’t do? (oh sorry, the dancing thing.)
I was reading about KK online and I found an article on him with an interesting anecdote narrated by his son, Amit:
An interesting tale about Kishore pertains to the cameo he was to do in his brother Ashok Kumar’s production Ziddi (1948), which marked Kishore’s debut as playback singer under Khemchand Prakash. ‘Dada Moni [Ashok Kumar] wanted Baba to do the cameo of a gardener who just abused the hero Dev [Anand] in a scene. Baba reluctantly agreed and when the camera rolled, used unprintable words instead of the abuses in the script!
“Dada Moni frantically yelled ‘Cut!’, but I believe that this incident had a big role to play in the bond that Baba shared with Dev Anand. For Dev Anand was the only star for whom he would sing playback when Baba himself was a big star.”
You can read the complete article here
If he were alive today, he would probably say, “May the madness never end!”