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How Kishore Kumar turned his critic Salil Chowdhury his fan!

August 4, 2014 11:53:58 AM IST
updated August 4, 2014 12:27:25 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Readers who have heard this melodious song will agree that this beautiful song by Kishore Kumar is arguably one of the best songs rendered by him in his formative years when he was struggling to make his presence felt as a singer. However there is an untold story behind the song.

Glamsham.Com reveals the interesting anecdote as it remembers the legendary singer, actor, director and producer Kishore Kumar on his 85th birth anniversary today.

Readers, particularly the younger generation would be rather surprised to know that Kishore Kumar, who is regarded as the most iconic singer of Indian cinema and who holds the record of winning maximum Filmfare Awards as Playback Singer (8 Awards) had no formal training in music. He had an obsession to emulate K.L. Saigal, the top singer of that era and dreamt of becoming a playback singer like his idol.

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When he began his struggle to become a singer in Bollywood he had to face severe criticism and was booted out by many music directors. One among them was Salil Chowdhury, the exceptionally great music director who scored music in many critically acclaimed movies like DO BIGHA ZAMIN, MADHUMATI, ANAND, RAJNIGANDHA etc.

When Bimal Roy was making NAUKARI (1952) starring Kishore Kumar in the lead, the latter urged Bimal Roy to give him one song to sing. Bimal Roy’s heart melted at the earnest request of Kishore Kumar and asked Salil Chowdhury, the music director to give Kishore Kumar a chance. However Salil Chowdhury had reservations. In fact he had invited Hemant Kumar to sing the song. But when Kishore Kumar literally begged to Salil Chowdhury to give him a hearing, he nodded. On hearing the song he was highly impressed. Till date the song remains evergreen and is regarded as one of the best lullabies of Indian cinema.

What’s more Salil Chowdhury, who once criticized Kishore Kumar for lack of music training, later, became such an avid fan of Kishore Kumar that years later when he was composing music for ANNADATA (1972), he called Kishore Kumar to sing the song ‘Guzar Jaaye Din Din Din, Ki Har Pal Gin Gin Gin’ as he believed only Kishore Kumar’s melodious voice could do justice to his complex composition. 






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