Kishore Kumar, one of the most gifted singer India has ever produced, was born on August 4, 1929. The singer would have turned 85 today. On his birth anniversary, we list nine facts about the singer. He is considered the most successful Indian playback singer of the Hindi film industry of all time. He sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Oriya, and Urdu.
1. Kishore kumar was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh and was christened Abhas Kumar Kunjilal Ganguly. He was the youngest in the family. Ashok Kumar, Sati Mukerjee and Anoop Kumar were his siblings.
2. During his career, Kishore Kumar has donned several hats like playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter.
3. Considered to be the most successful and among the most popular Indian playback singers of all time in Bollywood, Kishore Kumar has sung in many languages including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada and Bhojpuri, besides Hindi.
4. Kishore Kumar holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards. 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.
5 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.
6. Kishore Kumar was married four times. Ruma (now Ruma Guha Thakurta), Satyajit Ray’s niece! was his first wife. He married screen goddess Madhubala after converting to Islam. Yogita Bali and Leena Chandavarkar were his third and fourth wives. The singer has two sons — Amit Kumar and Sumit Kumar.
7. He was known for his pranks and had even out up a ‘Beware of Kishore’’ sign at the door of his Mumbai’s Warden Road house.
8. Kishore Kumar is said to have been paranoid about not being paid. The eminent singer made it a point to sing only after his secretary confirmed the receipt of money from producers.
9. Kishore Kumar and Mehmood Ali were originally supposed to star in the film Anand (1971). A confusion led to Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the director of the film, being chased by Kishore Kumar’s gatekeeper.