10 Things you didn?t know about Kishore Kumar

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 )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 05, 2016, 09.53 AM (IST)

Kishore Kumar was an iconic Indian musician. Here are little known facts about him:
  • ?He was married four times - did he set these celebrity marriage trends?
  • His father was a lawyer, his mother came from a wealthy family - point is, he was loaded as a child
  • 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.
  • A multilingual guy, he could sing in as many as 10 Indian languages - almost half of India’s official languages, which are 22.
  • After the MP government gave him the “Lata Mangeshkar Award” and they named an award after him, that's how the “Kishore Kumar Award” started.
  • When he didn’t endorse Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s “20-point programme” he was banned on All India Radio for two years.
  • 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.
  • He died of a heart attack on his brother’s 67th birthday, at age 58.
  • A loner, he preferred talking to the trees in his garden and complained of having no friends- do they say success makes one lonely?
  • 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.