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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today(13 october 2017) is the 30th death anniversary of one of the greatest legends of the Hindi film industry, Kishore Kumar. On this day, the 13th of October 1987, he left this earthly world. He was just 58 then.

As with all legends, though they may be long gone, we are left with their legacy – to enjoy and to remember them with. Kishore Kumar is no different – his legacy is extremely rich, and he has millions of fans around the world who enjoy his songs every single day.

Here, on this blog, we remember him very fondly today on this death anniversary and thank him for enriching our lives to an extent and in a manner that’s hard to quantify or describe. Each of us just knows it in our heart.

So what can I write about Kishore Kumar that I haven’t already written here?

I’ve already written a lot about him on various posts – on his birth and death anniversaries.

Much of my previous writing here on Kishore Kumar relates to my own experience as a schoolboy in the 1970s, when he reigned supreme.

I’ve also written about how fond I am of his pre-1970s songs, although he was not THE numero uno male playback singer of the time. His songs from this period though are an absolute delight to listen to.

I’ve also written about the harfan maula that Kishore Kumar was. His best-known talent is, no doubt, his singing. But he was a popular comedy actor too in his time, with his own style of comedy. He also dabbled (successfully) in composing music. And, as if all of this were not enough, he directed and produced some films too. So yes, full marks for being a harfan maula .

Having discussed all this before, I do not wish to repeat myself, and bore the reader. 🙂

I would therefore like to dwell today on something else – Kishore Kumar, the person.

Obviously I’ve never met him myself, so anything I say about Kishore Kumar, the person, is necessarily gleaned from reports about him, or interviews with, or about, him.

By all accounts – and by that, I mean mainly his fellow artistes – Kishore Kumar was a fun person. Both Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle have spoken very fondly of him as being a prankster (in the nicest sense of the term), always up for some fun, cracking a joke, pulling someone’s leg, having a good laugh in general.

This is a quality I admire, because, as long as it does not interfere with work, it’s always fun to have fun-colleagues. Imagine being at work with sullen faces around you. 🙂 Life is too short to live without fun & sparkle in it – and I think Kishore Kumar understood this better than most. So not only did he practise it himself, he also spread this fun and sparkle wherever he went.

One has only to watch his live performance videos (some are thankfully available online) to see how full of energy and fun Kishore Kumar was. He was not just “singing”, he was fully “performing” for his audience. Clearly they were there to have a good time – and he was going to make sure he gave them what they wanted.

Another aspect of Kishore Kumar’s personality that I have read about is that he was particular about his fee. He didn’t want to be taken for a ride by anyone – and that’s only fair and professional. I’ve also read this about Jagjit Singh.

Contrary to what some might have made about the professional rivalry of Kishore Kumar and Rafisaab, they were good friends and had a lot of respect for each other. Amit Kumar talks about the time early in his career when his car once broke down. Rafisaab gave him a lift, dropped him off home, and went on. When Kishore Kumar got to know of this, he was upset with Amit Kumar for letting Rafisaab go, without bringing him home. Rafisaab too admired Kishore, acknowledging his popularity in the 1970s and encouraging him to give live performances. Professional rivalry apni jagah, but it does not have to come in the way of personal relationships.

Then there was the time in the late 70s (I think), when Kishore Kumar was reigning. Someone (I don’t know who) started a poll “Who’s the better singer – Kishore Kumar or Mohammad Rafi”. Given Kishore’s popularity at the time, presumably he was getting favourable winds in his direction. He was deeply embarrassed and requested that the poll be stopped.

Kishore Kumar seems to have managed to largely live life on his own terms. He had a few run-ins – when he refused to sing on Sanjay Gandhi’s orders at a Congress rally, his songs were banned for a while from being played on air during the Emergency. Apparently he had a misunderstanding later in his career with Amitabh Bachchan too, when the latter refused to do a guest role in a film produced by Kishore.

So it’s not as Kishore’s career was entirely controversy-free – but then, most celebrities’ careers rarely are. What’s more important is how their character stacks up during the controversy – and Kishore’s stacks up pretty well, in my opinion.

There’s a now-famous mid-80s interview of Kishore Kumar by Pritish Nandy. I think it was in the Illustrated Weekly of India. By then, Kishore had become reclusive – the interview gives an insight into his then-thought process. He had become fond of talking to plants – he explains why.

I remember being surprised to see the depth in Kishore Kumar’s “Door Ka Raahi” (1971) – a film produced and directed by him, and very different from the usual escapist fare of the time. For a person best-known for his comedy roles and fun character, this film revealed a different, thinking, side to Kishore’s personality.

All in all, Kishore Kumar was one of a kind. There’s a lot to admire about him – and I’m not talking just about his singing. We could certainly do with more Kishore Kumars today – but then they don’t make them like Kishore anymore, do they?

So today, as we pay tribute to Kishore Kumar, we thank him for being the person he was. And of course for all the wonderful songs he has given us. It just struck me – I haven’t mentioned even one. Bahut na-insaafi hai. 🙂

Anyway, coming to the song for today.

This is from Harjaee (1981).

I remember seeing this film at that time – haven’t seen it since. Contrary to the typical multi-starrer, masala films of the time, this film, starring Randhir Kapoor and Tina Munim, was a proper tear-jerker. From what I remember, Randhir Kapoor is a carefree, prankster type of guy who pretends to have cancer, just to get Tina Munim to fall for him. His parents too believes his story and get Tina to be sympathetic towards him. Then tragedy strikes. Randhir Kapoor gets really diagnosed with cancer. The rest of the story is how he copes with it, how Tina copes with it, how their respective families cope with it.

The film has some good songs – like many Randhir Kapoor films do. Whether his films did well or not, there used to invariably be at least one hit song (often more) in each of his films. I remember during my schooldays, I personally didn’t mind Randhir Kapoor films at all – though I was clearly much in the minority at the time. 🙂

The song is “kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain”. It is a sad, sensitive song picturised on Randhir as he reflects on his changed life, and wants to hold on to all that is precious to him.

I hope you like the song.


Song-Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain (Harjaayee)(1981) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Nida Fazli, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain

Jo aata hai wo jaata hai
Ye duniya aani jaani hai
Yahaan har shay musaafir hai
Safar mein zindagaani hai
Ujaalon ki zaroorat hai
Andhera meri kismat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai

Zara ae zindagi dum le
Tera deedaar to kar loon
Kabhi dekha nahin jisko
Usey main pyaar to kar loon
Abhi se chhod ke mat jaa
Abhi teri zaroorat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai

Koi anjaan sa chehra
Ubharta hai fizaaon mein
Ye kiski aahatein jaagin
Meri khaamosh raahon mein
Abhi ae maut mat aana
Mera bhi aana jannat hai
Kabhi palkon pe aansoo hain
Kabhi lab pe shikaayat hai
Magar ae zindagi phir bhi
Mujhe tujh se mohabbat hai

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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

After a fairly long break, I’m writing a post for the blog today.

There’s no particular reason for this break – it is just one of those things. I go through these periods of high-frequency posting to nil-posting every now and then.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today (27 june 2017) is the birth anniversary of one of the most loved, and most popular, of composers that HFM has ever seen.
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We in this blog had two new resolutions and I had decided to stick to them as long as I can. One was to introduce a “new” movie daily and another was to to close the account of another movie by YIPPying it.

We are in may 2017, and both these resolutions have finally seen breaks. For instance, there was no YIPPEE song on 13 may 2017, a day that had only one post, a post that introduced a “new” song. The string on YIPPEE posts was in fact broken a few days earlier on 6 may itself when I posted a song that I thought was YIPPYing its movie but I was wrong. The “new” post string had got broken a while ago.
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This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

A few days back, Sudhir Jee was acting strange and was insisting on posting all the articles in the blog, including even my writeps, and in addition, he was asking me to go slow on my writeups. As a result, I found myself with so much time at my disposal that I finally managed to write a long article describing my meeting with Lucknow based regulars. I did not intend to send any song lyrics with the writeup, thinking that Sudhir Ji would take care of that too. But no, Sudhir ji wanted me to send a song link with the writeup as well.
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The music of “Kaala Sona”(1975) was quite popular during its time. I would have loved to watch this movie but for the fact that I was not allowed to watch any movies from 1972 till 1978, viz as long as I was in school.

And now, when I can watch the movie and that too online, I feel disinclined to do so. Obviously the principle of demand and supply is at work, and this time in the reverse direction.

Now a days, I can only watch the video of songs and that is all. “Kaala Sona”(1975) had four songs in it. Two of these songs have been covered in the blog, which means I have watched the picturisation of those songs.
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The movie had six songs in it. Four songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

In Hindi movies, the leading lady would sing “romantic” songs only for the benefit of the leading man. But sometimes she would sing such songs for the villain as well, though here her intention would be to outwit him rather than romance him.
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Shareef Badmaash”(1973) was produced by Dev Anand and directed by Raj Khosla for Navketan, Bombay. The movie had Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Ajit, Jeevan, Helen, Bhagwan, Sapru,Trilok Kapoor, Sudhir, Capt.Man Mohan, Sham Kumar,Mridula, Manmohan(Guest),Late Rashid Khan, Hercules, Uma Dutt, Ved Puri, Shah Agha, Minal Mehta, MackMohan, Sudarshan Sethi, Dhanna, Gurbachan Singh, Janki Dass, Viju Khote, Kirti Kumar, Dilip Dutt, Nawab, Birbal etc in it.
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This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Shareef Badmaash”(1973) was produced by Dev Anand and directed by Raj Khosla for Navketan, Bombay. The movie had Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Ajit, Jeevan, Helen, Bhagwan, Sapru,Trilok Kapoor, Sudhir, Capt.Man Mohan, Sham Kumar,Mridula, Manmohan(Guest),Late Rashid Khan, Hercules, Uma Dutt, Ved Puri, Shah Agha, Minal Mehta, MackMohan, Sudarshan Sethi, Dhanna, Gurbachan Singh, Janki Dass, Viju Khote, Kirti Kumar, Dilip Dutt, Nawab, Birbal etc in it.
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This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Hullo to all in Atuldom

We had the penultimate song from “Jaawaani Deewaani” as “Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin Abhi Karo Intezaar” and our Shenoyji has asked “how this song escaped being posted?”. Even I was surprised to find that it was left out.
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