‘C A T cat, cat mane billi’, ‘zindagi ka safar, hai ye kaisa safar’, ‘Aane wala pal, jane wala hai’, ‘Dekha ek baar toh ye silsile hue’ and ‘Roop tera mastana’ — singer Kishore Kumar had a voice that spanned every mood, crazy, soulful, sad, romantic or sensual. On his 29th death anniversary, we ask Bollywood’s musicians which of his songs is their favourite and the memories it invokes for them.
Aisi Haseen Chandni
Whenever I’m stressed, I rejuvenate by listening to Kishore Kumar’s love anthems. His voice is like this sleeping pill. It’s funny but when Anoop (Manj’s son) was young, Nindy’s (Manj’s wife) mother used to put him to sleep with Kishore Kumar songs.
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
Kishore Kumar’s songs are usually very positive and happy, so for me, they always bring sunshine. I remember my first dance choreography was on this song. Do you also realise he introduced a form of rap quite early into Bollywood?
Roop Tera Mastana
When I was in school I was punished and made to stand outside class, and it was during the girls’ recess hour. So I looked down from my floor and signalled a random girl and sang this song and saw her smile and blush. It was then that I realised its power of making women feel shy, loved and empowered at the same time. Kishore Kumar is a true legend.
Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna
Kishore Kumar is an institution in himself and one of the only artists who have gone beyond singing. He always acted out his songs and I aspire to be like him. His songs teach you how unconditional and old school romance should be. Love songs are backbone of Bollywood romance, and even today, no one can match up to him.
Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyaar
It was the first and the last time some legendary singers came together to inspire musicians of our generation. He was one the most amazing live performers. He could bring a smile to so many faces.