On his 90th birth anniversary, we have brought you favourite Kishore Kumar numbers of several Indian film personalities. Enjoy!
Lata Mangeshkar: Yeh jeevan hai iss jeevan ka yehi hai rang-roop (Piya Ka Ghar), Koi lauta de mere beete huey din (Door Gagan Ki Chaon Mein), Dukhi man mere sun mera kehna (Funtoosh) and many more.”
Asha Bhosle: “Chingari koi bhadke (Amar Prem), Zindagi ek safar hai suhana (Andaz), Oh mere dil ke chayan (Mere Jeevan Saathi).”
Varun Grover: “Apart from the hundreds of Kishore Kumar’s celebrated songs there are gems that don’t get that much love. Among these my favourites are Phir wohi raat hai (Ghar), Chand churake laya hoon (Devta), Jidhar dekhun teri tasveer nazar aati hai (Mahaan).”
Manoj Muntashir: “Sometimes I feel, duniya me sirf do tarah ki aawazein hain. Ek 'Kishor' hai... Baaki sab 'Shor' hai. I have to name at least two songs as I will not do justice to me being a fan of the legend. 'Kuchh to log kahenge' (Anar Prem) and 'Zindagi Ke Safar Me Guzar Jaate Hain Jo Mukaam' (Aap Ki Kasam) are the two unparalleled masterpieces by Kishoreda. 'Kuchh to Log' is a very complex composition by Pancham da (RD Burman) . The way he merges Raag Khamaj into Kalavati makes it an extremely tricky song to render. But look at the ease Kishore da croons this song with. 'Zindagi EK Safar Me' to me is the height of philosophy ever cocooned in a mainstream Bollywood song. There were full chances of this song being a dull affair loaded with serious 'gyan'. But once again, Kishore da played his master stroke. He took a very casual approach to honor one of the finest works of Anand Bakshi and Pancham da.
And the result... Philosophy became palatable and eventually a chart buster. The magic of Kishore Kumar lives on.”
Kavita Krishnamurthy: “Yeh kya hua (Amar Prem) and Humein tumse pyar kitna(Kudrat)”
Alka Yagnik: “Mere mehboob qayamat hogi (Mr X In Bombay), Oh hansini meri hansini (Zehreela Insaan), Dil aaj shayar hai (Gambler), Inteha ho gayi intezaar ki (Sharaabi).The list is endless, I am a crazy fan of Kishore da and Lata Didi.”
Javed Akhtar: “I like many of Kishore Kumar’s songs. But I was 10 when heard his song Jeevan ke safar mein Raahi miltay hain bichhar Janeko (Munimji) . Since then I have been his ardent admirer. There have been many great singers . I have deep respect for their talent but Kishore Kumar’ s voice has a strange magic.”