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Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar was a well-known actor, musician, lyricist, producer, filmmaker, and scriptwriter. He was also one of the most prominent playback singers in Bollywood cinematic history. He's won plenty of accolades for his singing capabilities. He has performed in various languages, including Bengali, Assam, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Orissa, Malayalam, Urdu, and Bollywood movies. Read on to explore the biography of this legend in detail.

Early Life And Family

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar was born in Khandwa, in the tiny town of Madhya Pradesh, on August 4, 1929. His real name was Abhas Kumar Ganguly, and he belonged to a Bengali household. Kishore Kumar's father's name was Kunjilal Gangopadhyay, and he worked as an advocate. At the same time, his mother's name was Gauri Devi. Kishore Kumar was the youngest son, with two brothers and a sister. Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar were his brothers, while Sati Devi was his sister. Ashok Kumar has appeared in several Hindi films. With the help and support of Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar appeared in a few Bollywood films. Kishore Kumar developed an interest in movies and music while interacting with his siblings. He had been an outstanding actor, singer, and songwriter. He was a follower of KL Saigal. Kishore saw him as his inspiration and initially sang the songs in his style until Kishore found his own style.


Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar got his graduation degree from Christian College Indore. He left his further study in the middle to pursue his career in singing and landed in Mumbai. After coming to Mumbai, he made his career as a top professional and became one of the great singers and songwriters of all time.

Personal Life

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar has been married four times, and each of his wives was somehow involved in the film industry. Ruma Ghosh was his first wife'. Kishore wedded her in 1951, and she was a Bengali cinema star and lead singer. Amit Kumar, the son of Ruma and Kishore Kumar, is an artist, musician, composer, and filmmaker. Kishore Kumar's relationship lasted just till 1958, following which he separated.

Kishore Kumar

In 1960, Kishore again went on to marry Madhubala, and she was also an actress. In the films Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Jhumru, he collaborated with Madhubala. Madhubala's life came to an end on February 23, 1969, when she died of cardiac disease. In 1976, he married Yogita Bali for the third time. However, this relationship also ended within two years. Kishore Kumar married Leena Chandavarkar for the fourth time in the year 1980. He has a son named Sumit Kumar from this marriage.

Famous Name Kishore Kumar
Birth Name Abhas Kumar
Height 5 Feet 7 Inches
Weight 75 Kg
Chest 42 Inches
Waist 36 Inches
Biceps 14 Inches
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Citizenship Indian
Religion Hindu
Business Singer, Actor, Music Composer, Producer, Film Director, and Screen Writer
Like Driving, Reading Novels, And Playing Table Tennis
Favorite Singer K L Saigal
Favorite Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Ashok Kumar, and Rajesh Khanna
Favorite Musician R. De Verman, S. D. Varman
Salary/Song Rs. 35000


Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar has had a long and truly successful career. He became popular and successful at a very early age. Although there was a pre guidance that he got from his brother, yet, faced some initial struggles.

1. Early Career

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar began his professional career in the cinema without any professional training. He began his career as a backup performer with Bombay Talkies, where Ashok Kumar worked and performed. It is believed that his brother Ashok Kumar's presence in the film industry somewhat helped him. The age difference between Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar was eighteen years, which helped Kishore Kumar get into the film industry early.

2. First Movie And Song

Kishore Kumar

In 1946, he had his first acting role in the movie Shikari. He was just 17 years old at that time. As a singer, he started singing song "Marne ki Duaen kyun maangu" for the movie Ziddi in 1948. By 1949, the young Kishore Kumar was fully established in the film industry. And as a result, he got leading roles in films such as Naukri, Andolan, and Musafir, released in the 1950s.

3. Involvement In Comedy Movies

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar was an individual with a dynamic personality, and he could perform any role flawlessly. This was his unique quality. With the passage of time, he even performed in comedy movies, and the audience admired it most. A few of those movies are New Delhi, Chalti Ka Naam Gaad, Asha, Padosan, and Half Ticket, all released between 1950 and 1970.

4. As A Director

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar started his engagement in film production in 1960. He contributed as a director, editor, songwriter, and musician to the movie released in 1961(Jhumroo). He also played a role in the film. He also wrote and produced the films Door Vaadi Mein Kahin Kahin and Door Ka Rahi in 1980 and 1917. For Kishore Kumar, the 1960s was a hit.

Several of his melodies were successful, notably Gata Rahe Mera Dil from the 1964 film Guide and Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara from the 1967 film Jewel Thief, among others. He rose to prominence thanks to the song Roop Tera Mastana, which he sang in the movie Aradhana.

5. Political Restriction

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar is famous for speaking against Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi's dictatorship during the 1975 emergency. Many had surrendered to the pressures of the Indira Gandhi administration, but only a minority, including Kishore Kumar, protested the rule. Due to Indira Gandhi's critics, Kishore Kumar was barred from India's state-owned channels, Doordarshan and Akashvani. Artists' had limited broadcast opportunities at that time, they were mainly Doordarshan and Akashvani, and a restriction on these was considered bad for the career.

List Of Kishore Kumar's Song

He has sung numerous songs throughout his career. It is not an easy task to discuss all the songs here, but here we will see a few of them.

Aa Chal Ke Tujhe Allah Kare Maula Kare Chand Kya Hai Roop Ka Darpan
Aa Dekhe Jara Allah Megh De Paani De Chand Raat Tum Ho Saath
Aa Gaye Hum Dildar Teri Gali Men Allah Qasam Ek Tum Ho Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan
Aa Ha Haa Naino Ke Who Amitabh Nahin Hoon Chanda Chhore Chandni
Aa Humsafar Pyar Ki Sej Par Amma Re Amma Ye To Diwana Chanda Dekhe Chanda
Aa Ja Pyare Aa Jao Andar Chale Aao Ji Andar Chanda O Chanda
Aa Jara Aaj To Muskura Le Angara Hoon Main Chanda Sitare Bindiya Tumhari
Aa Meri Jaan Deepak Bina Kaise Patangaa Angrezi mein kehte hain ki I Love You Chandini Raat
Aa Mohabbat Ki Basti Basayenge Hum Ankhiyon Hi Ankhiyon Mein Chandni Chand Se Hoti Hai
Aadhi Raat Ko Aankh Khuli Apna Ghar Hai Swarag Se Sunder Chandni Raat Mein
Aadhi Ye Raat Jale Apna To Zamane Mein Chandni Re Jhoom (Male)
Aag Laga Di Pani Mein Apne Jeevan Ki Uljhan Ko Chandni Tu Hai Kahan
Aage Se Dekho Peechhe Se Dekho Apne Pyar Ke Chappar Phad Ke Deta Hai
Aaiye Aap Ko Main Apne Apni Gadi Chalti Hai Char Dinon Ki Hai Yeh Zindagani
Aaiye Shauk Se Kahiye Apni Mohabbat Se Charu Chandra Ki Chanchal Chitwan
Aaj Bhadakti Aag Hai Dil Mein Apni To Jaise Taise Cheyechhi Jare Ami
Aaj Hum Tum Dono Chup Rahenge Apno Men Main Begaanaa Chhai Ghata Bijlee Kadki
Aaj Jamaa Hain Kunj Gali Mein Are Bhai Nikal Ke Aa Ghar Se Chhalkao Jhum Ke Paimana
Aaj Ka Din Are Chakoo Chale Chham Chham Chhai Chhai
Aaj Ka Ye Din Kal Ban Jayega Are Dekh Li Teri Bombai Chham Se Tera Aana Ho
Aaj Madhosh Hua Jaaye Re Are Diwano Mujhe Pehchano Chhatri Na Khol Ud Jayegi
Aaj Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai Are Humse Jo Takrayega Chhedo Na Meri Zulfen
Aaj Na Chhodenge Are Jane Kaise Kab Kahan Iqrar Chhod Do Aanchal Zamana Kya Kahega
Aaj Na Jane Pagal Manwa Are Kahan Chali Kitthe Chali Chhodo Sanam
Aaj Paheli Tarikh Hai Are Le Lo Ji Hai Yeh Dil Ka Heera Chhodo Yeh Nigahon Ka Ishara
Aaj Pyare Pyare Se Lagte Hai Aap Are Oh Re Chhota Sa Ghar Hoga
Aaj Rapat Jaayen To Are Rafta Rafta Dekho Chhoti Si Yeh Duniya (Male)
Aaj Rona Pada To Samjhe Are Raja O Raja Chhoti Umar Mein
Aaj Suhani Raat Re Are Roothe Hai To Maan Jayenge Chhuk Chhuk Gaadi
Aaj Unse Pehli Mulaqat Hogi Are Sun Bhai Sadho Chidiya Choon Choon
Aaja Aaja Nahin Abhi Nahin Are Todo Na Dil Beqarar Ka Chil Chil Chilla Ke
Aaja Ek Hoja Are Tu Hai Buddhu Brahmachari Chingari Koi Bhadke To Sawan
Aaja Meri Jawaani Ko Are Wah Re Mere Malik Chookar Mere Man Ko
Aaja Raat Beeti Jaye Are Yaar Meri Tum Bhi Ho Ghazab Chor Chor Chor
Aaja Saathiya Ari Muniyan Re Muniyan Chor Sipahee Mein Hoti Nahin
Aaja Tu Aaja Aji Na Arji Hamari Yeh Marzi Chori Chupke
Aaja Tujhe Pyar Kar Loon Asli Kya Hai Chup Ho Aaj Kaho Kya Baat Hai
Aaja Ya Aa Jane De Paas Aurat Zaat Mard Se Jhagda Chup Hoja
Aake Mil Ja Awara Baap Hoon Chupke Se Dil Dede
Aake Seedhi Lage Dil Pe Jaise Aye Duniya Tujhko Salam Chura Lenge Hum Sab
Aanewala Pal Janewala Hai Aye Zindagi Hui Kahan Bhool Come Near
Aanka Baanka Tali Talaka Aankh ladi hum se jo aankh ladi to Come On Everybody
Aankh Meri Galti Se Lad Gayi Aa Aa aaja Daal Kaise Gale
Aankh Mili Nazren Milane Ke Liye Aaj tu ghair sahi from 'Oonche Log Daal Roti Khao Prabhu Ke Gun Gaao


  1. Kishore Kumar's identity was dragged into scandal in 1960 when he was charged with trying to evade income taxes by the Indian government, and his image suffered as a result.
  2. The disagreement between Amitabh Bachchan and Kishore Kumar was also in the news for a long time. The primary factor seemed to be that Amitabh previously turned down a guest character opportunity for his film Mamta Ki Chhaon. From 1982 through 1987, this debate persisted. After that, he denied singing for Amitabh Bachchan's movie. However, Kishore sang again for the film Toofan, which was released after Kishore died in 1989.
  3. Despite Sanjay Gandhi's recommendation, Kishore Kumar declined to sing a song at the Congress event. As a result, All India Audio and Broadcasting restricted Kishore Kumar's song until May 4, 1976. The ban lasted till the end of the Emergency, and as a result, his acting was also rejected.
  4. He had another conflict with Mithun Chakraborty over his ex-wife Yogita Bali, which was eventually resolved later. He went on to sing for Mithun again in films such as Disco Dancer in 1982 and Pyaar Ka Mandir in 1988.

A Few Facts

  1. Very few people know that Kishore Kumar was stage-shy and would flee anytime he was asked to perform at a live performance.
  2. Kishore Kumar was highly regarded for being judgemental regarding his pay. Still, very few people would know that he turned down a payment from famed filmmaker Satyajit Ray for singing in his 1964 film Charulata.
  3. Kishore Kumar engaged with four ladies throughout his entire life: Madhubala, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Yogeeta Bali, and Leena Chandravarkar.
  4. The early choices for Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna's Anand seem to have been Mehmood and Kishore Kumar.
  5. He had a strong attachment to his home in Khandwa, in Madhya Pradesh, which existed on Bombay Bazaar Street.
  6. Kishore Kumar and his first wife, Ruma's story, inspired Hrishikesh Mukherjee's film Abhimaan.
  7. His signature costume was black coats, white pajamas, a scarf, and flat leather sandals. He would never take off his coat since he felt self-conscious about his weak appearance.
  8. When Kishore was in fifth grade, he failed his arithmetic exam since he didn't know the solution to any of the questions. Instead, he wrote jokes, little rhymes, drawings, and happy faces on his answer sheet.
  9. Paanch Rupaiya Barah Anna, a classic song, is focused on a genuine story from his life.
  10. Kishore used to optimize his academic desk as a drum when he was in school.

Awards And Achievements

Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar is noted for his timeless melodies across all genres. He won eight Filmfare Awards for The Best Playback Singer. This is only one of his accomplishments. In 1985-86, the Government of Madhya Pradesh presented Kishore Kumar with the Lata Mangeshkar Award. The MP Government established the 'Kishore Kumar Award' in 1997.

Year Award
1970 Film Fair
1971 Best Playback Singer(Bengal Film Journalists Association Award (BFJAA))
1972 Best Playback Singer(BFJAA)
1973 Best Playback Singer(BFJAA)
1975 Best Playback Singer(BFJAA)
1976 Film Fair
1979 Film Fair
1981 Film Fair
1983 Film Fair
1984 Film Fair
1985 Film Fair
1986 Film Fair

Here BFJAA refers to Bengal Film Journalists Association Award

Net Worth

Kishore Kumar had a net worth of $1 million (as of 1980). Salary and asset values can fluctuate significantly. Read on to see the most relevant salary and property data below.

Earning Rs. 35000/song (as in 1960-1970)
Net Worths $1 million (as in 1980)


Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar suffered a cardiac arrest in 1986, and as a result, he began to perform rarely. After feeling unwell and sick, he planned to return to Khandwa, where he was born. He suffered a massive heart attack and died on October 13, 1987, at 58. In Khandwa, where he was born, his remains were cremated.

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