The legendary singer Kishore Kumar was one of the finest artists in Indian cinema, but he departed from his fans prematurely, leaving a void when he passed away at the age of 58. This multifaceted talent, known for his prowess as an actor, director, and writer, donned many feathers in his cap. However, in an interview with Rediff, his son Amit recalled a memorable incident where Kishore Kumar exchanged words with Dev Anand.
Kishore Kumar’s brother, Amit Kumar, desired the singer to take on a small role in one of his films. Initially uninterested, Kishore Kumar reluctantly agreed. In the scene, he had to hurl abuse at Dev Anand, the hero of the film.
“Baba [Kishore Kumar] was to do a cameo as a gardener who was supposed to abuse the hero, Dev Anand, in a scene. When the camera rolled, Baba used unprintable words instead of the scripted abuses!” shared Amit Kumar.
“Dada Moni [Dev Anand] frantically yelled ‘Cut!’, but I believe that this incident played a significant role in the bond that Baba shared with Dev Anand. Dev Anand was the only star for whom he would sing playback, even when Baba himself was a big star.”
Kishore Kumar was renowned as a playback singer, lending his melodious voice to actors like Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna. Some of his biggest hits include “Ek Ladki Bheegi-Bhaagisi” (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi), “Aanewala Pal” (Gol Maal), “Koi Hota Jisko Apna” (Mere Apne), “Mere Sapno Ki Rani” (Aradhana), “O Saathi Re” (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar), “Chingari Koi Bhadke” (Amar Prem), and “Kuch Toh Log Kahenge” (Amar Prem), among others.
Kishore Kumar also charmed audiences with his acting skills, leaving them in splits with his impeccable comic timing in movies such as “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi,” “Door Ka Raahi,” “Padosan,” “Shrimanji,” “Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein,” and “Half-Ticket,” carving a lasting niche for himself as an actor.