To Papa with love

Updated on Aug 29, 2007 12:05 PM IST

Twenty years after Kishore Kumar's death, Amit and Sumit Kumar will use six unreleased songs composed by their father in a film. Ritujaay Ghosh speaks to the brothers.

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Hindustan Times | ByRitujaay Ghosh, Kolkata

Twenty years after Kishore Kumar's death, Amit and Sumit Kumar will use six unreleased songs composed by their father in a film.

"The score will be credited as music by late Kishore Kumar," says Amit. The compositions have been with Amit for years but it's only now that the brothers have decided to release them.

Divine tribute
"It's a tribute to our father," says Amit. He will sing the songs. The tracks will be arranged by Ramesh Iyer, who was an assistant to RD Burman.

Amit has been approached by filmmaker Anant Mahadevan, but nothing has been finalised so far.

"A few other directors too have approached us, but Anant sounds keener. We will take a call soon," informs Amit.

The decision to release the compositions was taken after Amit Kumar came across a few of his father's other unreleased songs being used in films without any credit.

Father figure
"Kishore da is more than a father to me.. he's a star. I'm his greatest fan. It will be a treat for me," says Sumit. He was only five years old when Kishore Kumar passed away.

"I have no choice but to live my father's dreams.. I miss him," says Sumit. He's busy composing for ad films right now. He will be heard in one of Sanjay Gupta's forthcoming projects.

Sumit never got carried away by his father's status but followed his father's principles. "I treat myself as a struggler. I don't want music directors to give me a chance only because I am Kishore Kumar's son," he states.

His brother echoes the sentiment, "One should be known for his work. I'm happier singing one good song in a year," says Amit.

Road ahead
His last hit was Dil main baji guitar(Apna Sapna Money Money) in 2006. He's sung for Dhamaal, Victoria No 203, Mumbai Salsa and Dulha Mil Gaya which release this year.

"A singer doesn't know today if his voice will be retained in the final version of the song. After I recorded Dekha jo, three other singers were tried for the song. Think how one would feel when he comes across a CD and finds someone else's name in his place. The scene was different during baba's days," Amit sums up.

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