The name Kishore Kumar is synonymous with peppy songs filled with vitality and vigor. Remember Enna Mina Dika…. Ek chatur Naar… Zindagi Ek Safar Hain Suhana….; etc. In fact much like his songs Kishore Kumar in real life too was full of energy and playful. His energy reached new dynamism when he reached on stage and did live songs. Literally the crowds went berserk whenever he would get on the stage but few would know that prior to his stage shows Kishore Kumar had a stage fear and would run away whenever he was invited to sing in any music concert.
In an interview famous singer Talat Mehmood, who was the secretary of Playback Singer Association in the early 60s informed that when they had organized a stage show for fund raising for a social cause at Mumbai’s Liberty Cinema, Kishore Kumar made many reasons to skip the show but the Playback Singer Association had made it mandatory for every singer to be present.
As the Playback Singer Association was aware of Kishore Kumar’s stage phobia hence the Association gave Talat Mehmood the responsibility to bring Kishore Kumar anyhow.
Hence on the day of event Talat Mehmood himself went to pick Kishore Kumar from his residence but the witty Kishore Kumar had locked the door and run away!!!
Years later, after a lot of cajoling music director Kalyanji Anandji, who were engaged in world tours were able to remove Kishore Kumar’s stage phobia and develop confidence.