By Omair Alavi
It was 30 years ago on this day that Bollywood’s greatest playback singer Kishore Kumar left his millions of fans saddened for his eternal abode. Kishore had been part of the industry since the 1950s – first as an actor and later as a Top Playback Singer – but there was something futuristic about him. He was different from his contemporaries and had done playback singing for many actors of today, including a few who still play leading roles or are still active on the scene. On his 30th Death Anniversary, let’s take a trip down the memory lane and find out through which actors Kishore da lives on!
Ranbir Kapoor (Bachna Ae Haseeno, 2008)
Kishore Kumar’s son Sumit recreated his magic by recreating his father’s song with the help of Vishal – Shekar. The song – Bachna Ae Haseeno – was not only the title of the film but was also a tribute to the legendary singer from his youngest son. Vishal Dadlani provided the extra vocals and rap to make the 30-year-old song appeal to the younger generation.
Sanjay Dutt (Multiple Films)
Sunil Dutt’s son Sanjay made Kishore Kumar’s voice his own, as, throughout the 1980s, the two were a team; Kishore da sang many hit songs for Dutt Jr., so much, so that when his son did the same (Roz Roz Aankhon Talay), people mistook it for Kishore Kumar.
Sunny Deol (Multiple Films)
Before he did Ghayal, Sunny Deol was a film actor who could do comedy, dance with the heroine and pursue action when necessary. That’s the time when Kishore Kumar sang for him, especially this number that reminds us of Walk Like An Egyptian.
Anil Kapoor (Multiple Films)
Anil Kapoor has a daughter who has been playing leading roles for the past 10 years but the man doesn’t seem to grow old. In the 80s, Kishore Kumar became his voice and sung for him in many hits including Mashaal, Mr. India, and Janbaaz etc.
Govinda (Multiple Films)
Govinda emerged as a sensation during Kishore Kumar’s final days and that’s one of the reasons that both Kishore and Amit Kumar sung for the ‘Street Dancer’. In one of the films released in the 90s, Govinda lip-syncs Kishore Kumar to woo Mandakini.
Jackie Shroff (Multiple Films)
The younger generation may know him as Tiger’s dad but Jackie Shroff was a hunk when he made his debut in the 80s. Kishore da’s voice fitted his persona like a Tee and they collaborated in many films, including this one where Tabu’s elder sister Farah plays the leading lady.
Kamal Haasan (Multiple Films)
Kamal Haasan is one of the fittest actors in India and even though his daughters are now playing leading roles in films, he is still active on the scene with his directorial ventures where he is the hero – Kishore Kumar sang for him on a few occasions and this song is one of them.
Mithun Chakraborty (Multiple Films)
Mithun da surprised all by donning the same clothes and dancing on his Disco Dancer song a few years back in the Golmaal series. Kishore Kumar had sung for him in that film as well (another song) and even today, their combo looks lethal.
Chunky Pandey (Multiple Films)
He may be known for his ‘I Am Joking’ routine from Housefull flicks but Chunky Pandey was a leading man in the late 80s and even lip synced Kishore Kumar in one of his earlier hits Paap Ki Duniya. Although the film was a scene-to-scene copy of Pakistani film Faisla, it helped Chunky become a household name and helped his career in a big way.
Amitabh Bachchan (Countless Films)
Big B is always the leading actor when he is in a film – na koi aagay, na koi peeche. In one of his last songs the legendary actor, Kishore Kumar sang for (in the background) an older Amitabh Bachchan in Shahenshah and if you look at the song after nearly 3 decades, you will see that it is still as appropriate as it was way back in 1988.
Story first published: 13th October 2017