The Kishore Kumar Fact File
While rendering the song 'Khaike Paan Banareswala', Kishore Kumar actually chewed on paan and spat it on a plastic sheet on the floor to get a natural effect.
The real name of this legendary singer is Abhas Kumar Ganguly
Kishore considered Kundan Lal Saigal as his Guru.
Kishore started his cinema career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies, where Ashok Kumar, his elder brother, was a star.
Kishore started his career in film as an actor! His first film as an actor was 'Shikari' (1946), in which Ashok Kumar played the lead role.
Music director Khemchand Prakash gave him the first chance to sing a song - "Marne ki duayen kyon mangu" for the film 'Ziddi' (1948).
Kishore played hero in the Bombay Talkies film 'Andolan' (1951), directed by Phani Majumdar.
Salil Chowdhury, the music director for 'Naukri' was initially dismissive of him as a singer, when he came to know that Kishore didn't have any formal training in music. However, after hearing his voice, he gave him the song "Chhota sa ghar hoga", which was assigned for Hemant Kumar.
Kishore Kumar, as an actor, built notoriety for coming late for the shootings, or bunking them altogether.
Kishore's character in the film 'Padosan', where he portrayed a dramatist-musician, was inspired by the personality of his uncle, Dhananjay Banerjee (a classical singer).
When Sanjay Gandhi asked Kishore Kumar to sing for a Congress rally in Mumbai, during the Indian Emergency, he refused. The Government put a ban on playing Kishore Kumar songs on the All India Radio/Doordarshan. But Kishore refused to apologize. Finally, the ban was lifted after some prominent producers and directors lobbied against it.
His last appearance as an actor was in 'Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin'
The famous American animated soap, 'The Simpsons', used Kishore Kumar's song "Pal Bhar Ke Liye" from the film 'Johny Mera Naam' (1970) in an episode of titled 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore'. His songs have also featured in several films, including 'Such a Long Journey' (1998) and 'Side Streets' (1998).
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