On screen, he enthralled audiences with a phenomenal talent of acting and behind screen with that of his mesmerizing voice. That was Kishore Kumar, the versatile playback singer, actor, director, producer, lyricist, music director, editor, film distributor all rolled into one!!! Raaga.Com pays homage to this legendary film personality on his 86th birth anniversary.
Geet gaataa hoon main, gunagunaatoo hoon main
maine hasane kaa waadaa kiyaa thaa kabhee
isaliye ab sadaa muskuraataa hoon main…
This super hit song of Kishore Kumar suits perfectly to illustrate his life because in real life too Kishore Kumar, like the song was a jolly man who did pranks and made everyone happy.
In fact the height of his joviality was such that many times people considered him eccentric and crazy. There are many anecdotes about his eccentric nature. For instance readers would be surprised to know that Kishore Kumar had put up a signboard saying 'Beware of Kishore' instead of the usual ‘Beware of dogs’ at the door of his Warden Road flat displaying his weird nature.
In another instance music director Salil Chowdhury said, “I was recording the song Guzar Jaye Din… for the movie ANNADATA but Kishore Kumar declined to sing. When I asked the reason he said I will sing the only when you bring a bicycle because the song is picturised on the hero riding bicycle so I will also sit on bicycle and sing the song! Finally when we arranged a bicycle he agreed and sung the song sitting on it!!!”
Though Kishore Kumar always looked merry and cheerful but within his heart he had deeply hidden sorrows, which he never shared not even with the closest of his friends.
However that pain always seemed to surface in his lyrics. The song “Koi Humdum Na Raha,” from JHUMROO is probably the best example of this expression of buried sorrow.