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Amit's tribute to father Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar’s unused tunes would be sung by son Amit Kumar for a film’s music score, reports Ritujaay Ghosh.
Hindustan Times | By Ritujaay Ghosh, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 07:53 PM IST

He turned 56 on Thursday. And he’s thought of a tribute to his father who passed away 21 years ago. The son plans to use six ‘hidden’ tunes by Kishore Kumar in a film to be directed by Anant Mahadevan.

One of the songs is an unre leased on from the vintage Kishore Kumar-Madhubala movie Jhumroo (1961). The other five were originally in Bengali.

“ I feel this is the best way to earn Baba’s blessings. His fans, too, ought to be happy says Amit ,” Kumar. As part of his ‘team’, Amit Kumar has recruited brother Sumit Kumar and step-moth er Leena Chandavarkar. The film will credit Kishore Kumar as the music composer just as Madan Mohan was credited for Veer Zaara. Amit will sing all the six tracks.

Sumit is in charge of the music arrangement while Chandavarkar has written the lyrics for two of the numbers. The other lyrics are by Yogesh.

So what kind of a film will it be? Answer: “It will be a tribute to his genius but is certainly not about Kishore Kumar. We had to work very hard on the lyrics because the songs are situational. Koi albela mastana was recorded for Jhumroo but wasn’t part of the film. I will sing it once again.”

One from the heart
The song recordings are expected to be over by August and the film will commence shooting in October.

The Bengali songs which are being reworked are Nayono saroshi, Sedino akashey, Hawa megh saraye, Ek sathe path chalte and Keno tumi.

The son has as many as 50 unused tunes by Kishore Kumar. A few can’t be reworked because they are very basic tunes on harmonium. But dozens of others will be re-presented by the son whose voice is pretty reminiscent of Kishore Kumar’s.

The son ends, “I have learnt a few things from my father and uncles Ashok Kumar and Anoop Kumar. I sing from the heart. I know I don't get too much work as a playback singer..and that's simply because I don't get along with the musicians of today."

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