On Kishore Kumar’s 90th birth anniversary| Unknown facts & how ‘Paanch Rupaiyya’ song was an inspiration from debt in college

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When one thinks of the legendary singer Kishore Kumar, what comes to mind is peaceful energy, happiness and also the depth of pathos. He was an unschooled singer who did wonders in the Bollywood industry.

On the occasion of his 90th birth anniversary, here are some interesting facts about Kishore Kumar’s life and career. (Source – Hindustan Times) 

  • Kishore Kumar sang 245 songs for actor Rajesh Khanna. He also sang many songs for actors such as Jeetendra, Dev Anand, and Amitabh Bachchan.
  • The song ‘Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe’ from the movie ‘Half Ticket’ was sung by Kishore Kumar in both male and female voices.
  • The Indian National Congress asked him to sing a song for the party in a rally in Mumbai during the emergency period, but he refused. After that, there was a ban on playing his songs by national broadcasters, All India Radio and Doordarshan from 1976 till the emergency ended.
  • Kishore Kumar married four times. Ruma Guha Thakurta was his first wife (1950-58). Madhubala was his second wife. He reportedly converted to Islam to marry Madhubala. After their separation in the year 1969, he got married to Yogeeta Bali in 1976. After getting divorce in year 1978, he married actor Leena Chandravarkar in 1980. Both of them were together till his death in 1987.
  • He had put a board outside his flat which read- “Beware of Kishore”. Once producer-director HS Rawail came to his house to pay him some money. When Rawail wanted to shake hands, the singer put Rawail’s hand into his mouth. When Rawail asked him what he was doing, he replied, “Didn’t you see the sign?”
  • Kishore Kumar was a lonely man. He had no friends and he used to talk to trees. Once when a reporter remarked how lovely he must be, Kishore took her to his garden and introduced her with his trees.
  • Kishore Kumar is composer Bappi Lahiri’s maternal uncle.
  • The song ‘Paanch Rupaiyya Barah Ana’ was inspired by his debt to a college in Indore. He owed Rs 5.75 to the canteen owner.
  • Kishore strictly followed the policy of ‘no pay no work’. Once working in a film, he came to the sets with make-up done on half of his face. The producer had paid him half of the money. When the director asked, he replied, “Aadha Paisa to aadha make-up”.

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