Kishore Kumar the legendary singer, actor, screenwriter, producer, director and composer was born today on August 4, 1929. He is considered to be one of the most successful male playback singers of Bollywood. Kishore Kumar is well loved for his soulful melodies as well as giving character to songs through his yodelling and comic timing. Kishore Kumar gained much fame and glory singing songs for Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. Even after almost 30 years after his death he is still hailed as the supreme playback singer and all younger generation singers emulate and try to model themselves on him. Kishore Kumar was not only a singer but he acted as main leads in many movies as well which went on to become hits and blockbusters. He even directed quite a few movies like Badhti Ka Naam DadhiZindagi and Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin. He is a true legend in every sense of the word.

Kishore Kumar was known to be an eccentric personality even though he was highly talented and revered for his singing. Kishore Kumar was the youngest brother of the thespian actor Ashok Kumar. His other elder brother Anoop Kumar was also an actor and the three starred in the movie Chalti Ka naam Gaadi along with MadhubalaKishore Kumar Birthday Special: 14 Interesting And Lesser Known Facts About The Iconic Bollywood Singing Legend

Here are some lesser known facts about Kishore Kumar:

1.Kishore Kumar was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh in a Bengali family as Abhas Kumar Ganguly.

2.Kishore Kumar started his Bollywood career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies where his brother Ashok Kumar worked.

3.Kishore Kumar’s first film as an actor was Shikari, released in 1946 which had his eldest brother Ashok Kumar in the lead. He sang his first song Marne ki duayen kyon mangu for the film Ziddi

4.Kishore Kumar sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam and Oriya.

5.He holds the record for winning the most number of Filmfare Award trophy for the Best Male Playback Singer. He won it 8 times.

6.Madhya Pradesh government instituted a new award called the “Kishore Kumar Award” for contributions to the Hindi Cinema.

7.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.

8.Kishore Kumar sang in both male and female voices for a duet song in the movie Half Ticket. The female part was supposed to be sung by Lata Mangeshkar but Kishore Kumar sang both the parts as she was unavailable. The song is Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe and is picturised on Kishore Kumar and Pran.

9.The cult and iconic movie Anand was originally supposed to star Kishore Kumar and Mehmood but was later on made with Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan as the lead.

10.Kishore Kumar was known to be a recluse and was known to talk to the plants in his garden.

11.A sign outside Kishore Kumar’s bungalow read ‘Beware of Kishore’.

12.Kishore Kumar’s famous yodelling was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Morton.

13.The famous song Paanch Rupaiya Barah Aana was inspired by the debt Kishore Kumar owed to an Indore College canteen.

14.Bappi Lahiri is related to Kishore Kumar on his mother’s side.

Kishore Kumar will always remain immortal with his soulful songs in which he imbibed a character of their own. His songs have the power to enliven and energize even the most morbid moods. Even today he is the most loved and popular Bollywood singer of all times and that too without any formal classical training.