10 Things you didn?t know about Kishore Kumar

Written By: Mithaq Kazimi WION
New Delhi, India Updated: Aug 05, 2016, 09:13 AM(IST)

Kishore Kumar was not only a famous singer but also an all-rounder when it came to the Bollywood industry, having had a hand in acting, directing and scriptwriting. Photograph:( Others )

Known as a legendary musician in Bollywood, India's tinseltown, Kishore Kumar had a successful and long career spanning decades. A self-taught singer and director, actor, scriptwriter, lyricist, he had a mass fan following in the country.

On Kishore Kumar's 87th birth anniversay on Thursday, August 4, 2016, WION brings you little known facts about his life:

  1. ?He was married four times - did he set these celebrity marriage trends?
  2. His father was a lawyer, his mother came from a wealthy family - point is, he was loaded as a child
  3. His first film was Shikari (1946) and sang for the first time for Ziddi (1948) - he got more offers early on, but was like ‘eh’ and went on to do other things
  4. A multilingual, he could sing in as many as 10 Indian languages - almost half of India’s official languages, which are 22.
  5. After the MP government gave him the “Lata Mangeshkar Award” and they named an award after him, “Kishore Kumar Award” started.
  6. When he didn’t endorse Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s “20-point programme” he was banned on All India Radio for two years.
  7. In the song ‘?ake seedhi lage dil pe’ from the movie Half Ticket, he sang both the male and female playback versions - quite a feat singing a duet simultaneously.
  8. He died of a heart attack on his brother’s 67th birthday, aged 58 himself.
  9. A loner, he preferred talking to the trees in his garden and complained of having no friends- do they say success makes one lonely?
  10. Having a ‘no money, no work principle’, once when he was paid half the sum, he appeared on the film set with makeup on one side of his face. Call him money-minded, but that was Kishore style.
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