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Overview (4)

Born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British India
Died in Bombay, Maharashtra, India  (heart attack)
Birth NameAbhas Kumar Kunjilal Ganguly
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Abhas Kumar Ganguly was born in Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh. His dad's name was Kunjilal, a lawyer by profession, and his mom's name was Gouri Devi, who came from a wealthy family.

Kishore was the youngest in the Ganguly family, preceded by Ashok Kumar, Sati, & Anoop Kumar (I). Sati was married to Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was the brother of film-maker Subodh Mukherji, and Bollywood actors Joy Mukherjee & Deb Mukherjee. Sati's son, Shomu Mukherjee, went on to marry Tanuja, and who subsequently gave birth to Kajol and Tanishaa Mukerji. Tanuja is the sister of Nutan, who, in turn, is the mother of actor Mohnish Bahl. Tanuja and Nutan are the daughters of the famed Shobhna Samarth. Sati was also aunt-by-marriage to Ram Mukherjee, who would subsequently marry and give birth to Raj Mukherjee and Bollywood actress, Rani Mukerji. Ashok's daughter is noted Bollywood actress, Preeti Ganguli, who is married to comedian and character actor, Deven Verma. Ashok's grand-daughter is actress, Anuradha Patel.

While Ashok went on to become a successful actor, Abhas, who was renamed Kishore, shunned acting, and preferred singing and mimicking K.L. Saigal. His brother, Anoop, while struggling to make a name himself, noticed this, and encouraged Kishore to sing in his own voice.

When Sachin Dev Burman happened to visit Ashok, he heard Kishore singing, and immediately signed him to sing for Bollywood movies. After Sachin's passing away, his son, Rahul Dev Burman took over and openly favored Kishore over other male singers.

He always wanted to be a singer, but acting was thrust upon him, and he did his best to live up to it. A Leo, Kishore was also known for his mad-cap comedy movies, and for his eccentricity as he used to 'talk' to his trees in his home, and had even put up a sign 'Mental Hospital' right outside his residence in Khandwa. He was also parsimonious, so much so that he was in arrears to the Indian Income Tax authorities, yet never missed a chance to make fun of them (Aur Peechey Pad Gaya Income Taxum, Jai Govindam Jai Gopalam).

When he refused to endorse former Indian Prime Minister's 20 point Program during the 1975-1977 Emergency, he was banned from the Government-controlled media namely All India Radio and Vividh Bharati. Even duets with his voice were censored. He was not the only one in Bollywood, as others like I.S. Johar, Dev Anand, Shatrughan Sinha openly condemned Mrs. Gandhi's regime. After the emergency, her political party (Congress) was overwhelmingly ousted by the electorate in favor of the Janata Party.

Kishore made a record by being the only singer to have sung in more than 90 films for a single hero which was for Rajesh Khanna. Kishore sang in 91 films for Rajesh Khanna.His closest friends were Rajesh Khanna, R.D.Burman, S.D.Burman, Mohammad Rafi.He refused to lend his voice to Amitabh Bachchan in period 1982-1987 many times, when the latter refused to do a guest appearance in a Kishore-produced film and this affected Bachchan's career as many of his films flopped post 1983.

His marriages to some of the most popular and attractive Bollywood actresses (Madhubala, Yogeeta Bali,Leena Chandavarkar) not only raised eyebrows, but added to his popularity.Fact was each of these women with exception of Yogita Bali fell in love with Kishore Kumar. Madhubala loved him immensely but had health issues so died. Then in 1976 Yogita claimed to love him and married Kishore, but then Kishore realized she had married him for his money so divorced her. Leena was a widower but Kishore fell in love with her and proposed her and they were happily married till his death.

He introduced his son, Amit Kumar, (sired from his first wife Ruma Ghosh aka Ruma Guha Thakurta) to sing, often along with him, and then amazed his fans by marrying widowed Leena Chandavarkar, who was just two years older than Amit.

He sang 245 songs picturised on Rajesh Khanna across 92 films, which is an unbeaten record for singer-actor combination. Kishore sang 245 songs for Rajesh Khanna, 202 for Jeetendra, 119 for Dev Anand and 131 for Amitabh.

He had recorded the duets "Kaho Kahan Chale" for the film Bulundi, "Pyar Ka Dard Hai" from Dard and "Tum Jo Chale Gaye" from Aas Paas, a few days before his heart attack in 1981. He suffered his first heart attack on 24th January 1981 in Kolkata in the noon hours and within a gap of another four hours, suffered his second heart attack. The first solo song sung by him, after recovery from his two attacks was "Mere Sang Sang Aya" from Rajput (1982) and the duet with Asha - "Mausam Bheega Bheega" from Gehra Zakhm.

In the comedy, Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (1974) a song 'Karne Chaley Thhey Shaadi Meri, Khud Ban Baithey Dulha', sung by Amit, hilariously chastised his dad for getting married, instead of searching for a bride for his son.

Through Leena he sired another son, Sumeet Kumar. Their marriage was intact until his unexpected passing on October 13, 1987, due to heart failure for the third time.

Kishore has not only been immortalized by his songs, but also by his talents as an Actor, Producer, Director, Script-Writer, & Lyricist. His movies continue to be popular even now on TV, as do his songs on both TV and radio.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Spouse (4)

Leena Chandavarkar (1980 - 13 October 1987) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Yogeeta Bali (4 August 1976 - 4 August 1978) ( divorced)
Madhubala (1961 - 23 February 1969) ( her death)
Ruma Guha Thakurta (1951 - 1958) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Yodeling singing style

Trivia (36)

Brother of Ashok Kumar and Anoop Kumar.
Has sung 327 duets with Lata Mangeshkar. At 440, only Mohammad Rafi has sung more duets with Lata.
Had a misunderstanding with Amitabh Bachchan in the mid 1980s. He refused to sing for Amitabh when Amitabh refused to act in a movie produced by Kishore. Amitabh then faced his worst phase in his career after this. He later made a comeback several years later with Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000).
Kishore learnt yodeling by listening to his brother Anoop Kumar's Austrian records.
Was a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock films.
Along with Kalyanji Veerji Shah, he introduced electronic music to Bollywood.
Kishore Kumar's best friends from the Hindi Film industry were Rahul Dev Burman and Rajesh Khanna. The trio together worked in 32 films. Kishore sang for Rajesh Khanna in a record of 91 films. The most number of films for which a singer has sung for a particular actor is 91 films, which was sung by Kishore for Superstar Rajesh Khanna.
Kishore Kumar had declared that if he is offered any film as a playback singer , with main lead as Rajesh Khanna and another actor, then he would lend his voice only to Rajesh Khanna and not to the other lead hero in case of a duet between the two characters of the lead heroes in the film and that all solos picturised on Rajesh Khanna will have his voice as the playback.
In the film Zamana (1985) Kishore sang the solo songs for both the male heroes Rajesh Khannaand Rishi Kapoor but in the duets between the heroes, Kishore very specifically told that he would sing only the lines which the character played by Rajesh Khanna would be required to sing in the film.So Mohammed Aziz and Shailendra Singh became the voice of Rishi Kapoor in the film for the songs Kisko Kahe Hum Apna and Gora Gora Rang Hai respectively .
Died on the birthday of his eldest brother Ashok Kumar.
Highest Paid Indian Playback Singer from 1970-1987.
Uncle of Aroop Ganguly and Late Preeti Ganguli.
Father of Amit Kumar and Sumeet Kumar.
Grand uncle to model, actor Abhijeet Sanyal. (Anoop Kumar's daughters son).
First wife was the niece of Satyajit Ray.
Great granduncle of Kiara Advani. Brother Ashok Kumar's great granddaughter.
Nephew acted under the name Aroop Kumar Ganguly ( Ashok Kumar son).
Grandneice is model , beauty queen Shaheen Jaffrey.Shaheen is the daughter of actress Bharti Jaffrey and Hamid Jaffrey ( Ashok Kumar' s daughter). Shaheen is always mistaken for Dilip Kumar' s niece Shaheen who acted in Mahasangram in 1990. Shaheen is also the aunt to actress Kiara Advani ( Sister's daughter).
Neice is actress Bharti Jaffrey (Married to Sayeed Jaffrey's brother Hamid). Bharti is the daughter of Ashok Kumar. Bharti is also the grandmother of actress Kiara Advani.
Step granddaughter named Vrinda Kumar (Born 1995). Amit married her mother Rima on June 24, 2003. She was a singer in his album" Le Chalo". Rima was already married with a daughter. Vrinda Kumar is about to debut in Bollywood as a singer or perhaps actress.
Grandnephew is famous Bombay fashion photographer Rahul Patel. Rahul was born from daughter Bharti' s first marriage to Dr. Virendra Patel. Rahul' s sister includes actress Anuradha Patel. Bharti is Ashok Kumar's daughter.
Grandnephew name is Rohit Patel. He is the son of actress Bharti Jaffrey from her first marriage. He is the brother of Anuradha Patel.
Grandnephew name is Tushar Arup Kumar Ganguly. He is the youngest son of Arup Kumar Ganguly (Ashok Kumar's son), Tushar works at the world famous company Svan Marine Solutionz Private Limited. Tushar is married to Girija Iyer Gangoly who works Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited as the Network Insights and Special Projects Head. Tushar and Girija have a son named Vir.
Great grandnephew name is Mishaal Advani. Mishaal is the son of Ashok' granddaughter Geneieve Advani ( daughter of actress Bharti Jaffery). Mishaal was born in 1995 and the brother of actress Kiara Advani.
Great grandnephew are Sidhartha Singh and Aditya Singh. They are the children of granddaughter Anuradha Patel and Kanwaljeet Singh.
Grandnephew name is Mihir Gangoly. He is the son of Arup Kumar Ganguly. (Ashok Kuamr's son) .Mihir is married to Monica Gangoly. Mihir was born in 1971 and is Arup's second eldest .Mihir has two daughters. Mihir is the lead drummer of the band " The Eleventh Hour" in Banglore,India. They are a famous band and play to house packed shows all over. Mihir works at the world famous company "Top Storey Building Management Systems Pvt.Ltd.".
Great grandnephew name is Varun Patel ( Grandnephew Rohit Patel son). Rohit is actress Bharti Jaffery' son from her first marriage. Bharti is Ashok Kumar's daughter.
Granduncle of actress Anuradha Patel. Anuradha's mother is actress Bharti Jafferey. Bhrati separated from Anuradha's father Dr. Virendra Patel when Anuradha was a baby.
Great grandnephew name is Nirvaan Gangoly and Dhruv Gangoly. Nirvaan and Dhruv are the grandson's of Ashok Kumar's son Aroop Ganguly. Nirvaan and Dhruv are the children of Rishi Ganguly (Arup's son) and Mita Ganguly. Rishi Gangolyis the eldest son of Arup.Rishi works at the world famous company "Learn Email Marketing, Web Dudes.In" in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He works as a Email Marketing Coach .He attended St. Marys High School, Mount Abu, Rajasthan High School 1984 - 1988.
Granduncle to actor Sahil Jaffrey. Sahil has worked alot in theatre. Sahil is the son of actress Bharti Jaffery and Hameed Jaffery ( Sayeed Jaffery's brother).Sahil is brother of Anuradha Patel and model, beauty queen Shaheen Jaffery.
Step Granduncle of model and beauty queen Shaheen Jaffrey. She is the step daughter of Bharti Jaffrey (Daughter of Ashok Kumar) who married Hamid Jaffrey ( Sayeed Jaffrey' s brother). Shaheen is always mistaken for Dilip Kumar's actress niece Shaheen from Mahasangram..
International singer Robert Kishore named himself "Kishore" after his idol Kishore Kumar. Robert was famous for the song Tropical Fantasy, released in 1982.
Starred in the shelved film "Pyar Zindagi Hain"(1980). Starring Kishore Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar. It was going to be produced by Kishore Kumar.
He sang 245 songs for Rajesh Khanna, 202 for Jeetendra, 131 for Amitabh and 113 for Devanand.
Has a son named Sumeet from his marriage with Leena Chandavarkar.
Starred in the shelved movie Jamna Ke Teer (1976). Starring Ashok Kumar,Kishore Kumar,Yogita Bali, Music by Kishore Kumar,Produced and Directed by Ashim Kumar.

Personal Quotes (1)

I was surprised when "Lata agreed to do stage shows with me in London. Though I was thrilled, I was worried about one thing - her discipline. She would never go on stage without proper rehearsal. But I like to take things easy. We had to sing five duets: Chai pe bulaya hain (Souten), Gata rahe mera dil (Guide), Jai jai shiv shankar (Aap ki Kasam), Accha to hum chalte hain (Aan Milo Sajana) and Kora kagaz tha yeh man mera (Aradhana). The problem arose when it was time for us to go on stage. We couldn't decide who should go first. I suggested that Lata sing first because she was my senior. But she didn't. Instead she went on stage to introduce me. She praised me a lot, but made it a point to add, "I call him Da because he is older to me". Yes, I'm one month and 24 days older than her! We did three shows in Wembley. During the first one there was a problem because organizer had publicized that we'd be singing "Angrezi mein kehte hain I love you"(Khuddar). But Lata refused to sing the song because it contained the word 'idiot' in it. Again she put her foot down against "Pag ghungroo" (Namak Halal) because she said it belittled Meerabai. Instead, she said, I should sing a bhajan. I was nonplussed because I couldn't remember any. Finally, I managed to sing one - Hari naam ka pyaala -rendered originally by S.D. Burman. It was received with great applause.

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