Things You Didn’t Know About These Kishore Kumar Songs

By on August 3, 2015

An actor, a singer, a composer, a producer, a lyricist, a director and a script writer. The multi-talented Kishore Kumar contributed in many ways to Bollywood during his long career that lasted over forty years.

Today on his 86th birthday (4th August), we invite you to take a trip down memory lane with these Kishore Kumar songs.

Kishore Kumar

Chodd Do Aanchal (Paying Guest | 1957)

Kishore Kumar’s first song as a playback singer was for Dev Anand in Ziddi (1948). He later went on to sing many songs for Dev Anand but here is one of their earliest hits together.

Main Hoon Jhum Jhum Jhumroo (Jhumroo | 1961)

It was S. D. Burman who first tapped into Kishore Kumar’s singing talent and persuaded him to develop his own style.  Kishore was inspired by the yodelling that he heard on his brother’s phonograph records. He adapted this technique and received great public appreciation. Listen to this Kishore Kumar song and enjoy his signature style.

Roop Tera Mastana (Aradhana | 1969)

In Aradhana, Kishore Kumar sang the hit solos Mere Sapno Ki Rani and Roop Tera Mastana. But it was the latter that fetched him his first Filmfare award. A racy video for 1969, this Kishore Kumar song brought the super-hit pair of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore together for the first time. Kishore sang for Rajesh Khanna in a record 91 films – this is the most number of films for which a singer has sung for a particular actor.

Khaike Pan Banaraswali (Don | 1978)

This song was first composed for Dev Anand’s Banarasi Babu. When Kalyanji-Anandji initially approached Kishore Kumar for this song, Kishore disliked the lyrics and refused to lend his voice. Later, they managed to convince him to sing this song but in Don for Amitabh Bachchan. An interesting bit of trivia is that Kishore Kumar actually chewed pan while recording the song.

Saagar Kinare (Saagar | 1985)

Before he passed away in 1987, Kishore lent his voice for the 1985 super-hit Saagar reuniting Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia after ten years. This song also won him his 8th and last Filmfare.

Let us know which is your favourite Kishore Kumar song.

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Vibha Karnik

Vibha is a compulsive planner, a published writer, a Bollywood lover, a social media addict and a travel enthusiast. A marketeer with a career spanning 9 years in both India and Hong Kong, Vibha decided that it was time to take the risk, break the monotony and do something new. Her recently acquired skills now include the ability to paint a room, speaking basic Mandarin and helping people plan their travels.

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