Legendary playback singer, actor and director Kishore Kumar’s legacy continues with his work in the form of his soulful songs and films.
He also produced and helmed some films in the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as ‘Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi’, ‘Zindagi’ and ‘Door Wadiyon Mein Kahin’, which was his last appearance as an actor.
However, Kishore Kumar’s real interest was in playback singing. SD Burman tapped Kishore for his inner talent as a playback singer. It was Burman who persuaded Kishore to develop his own style.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of Indian music. From romantic songs to peppy numbers he sang all kinds of genres. The legend also sang in almost nine languages.
The legendary singer was considered a genius of his era and was the first choice of composers and music directors in the industry.
He had won a number of accolades throughout his life. He sang for Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, and more.
After surviving a heart attack in 1986, Kishore Kumar planned to retire and go back to his hometown. Later in 1987, he suffered another massive heart attack in Mumbai. He died on October 13, 1987, at the age of 58.
His last recording was a playback song for Mithun Chakraborty, which was a duet with Asha Bhosle for the 1988 film ‘Waqt Ki Awaz’.
Listening to a few songs of Kishore Kumar is like trying to pick droplets of water from an ocean. Still, here is a list of some of the best songs by the legendary singer:
Hum The Woh Thi
‘Hum The Woh Thi’ is from the 1958 musical comedy film ‘Chalti ka Naam Gaadi’. Kishore Kumar sang all the songs in the film and interestingly all of them were loved by the audience.
Roop Tera Mastana
‘Roop Tera Mastana’ is one of the romantic and sensuous songs of Bollywood. It featured Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Kishore Kumar won his first Filmfare Award for Best Singer for this song.
Khaike Paan Banaraswala
The iconic film ‘Don’ is still remembered for its superhit songs. The most cherished song ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala’ was sung by none other than Kishore Kumar. He received the Filmfare Best Singer Award for this song in 1979.
Agar Tum Na Hote
It is the title song of the 1984 film ‘Agar Tum Na Hote’. The song was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and it was written by Gulshan Bawra.
Ek Chatur Naar
Who can forget ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ from the iconic film ‘Padosan’. Actor-comedian Mehmood and Kishore Kumar had created magic in this song.
Cheel Cheel Chillake
‘Cheel Cheel Chillake’ is a peppy number by Kishore Kumar. One can see his notorious and funny side as a singer. It featured Kishore Kumar.
Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi
‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’ is an all time favourite for many movie lovers. It is one of the most remembered songs of the legendary singer.
Mere Sapno Ki Rani
Picturised by Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, this song is from the 1969 super hit movie Aradhana. Showing the female protagonist on a train and the male protagonist driving on a jeep parallelly, the song went on to become a rage after it was released.
Pyar Deewana Hota Hai
Kishore Kumar’s songs picturised on Rajesh Khanna were a hit combination. In this melodious song about love from the 1971 film Kati Patang, Rajesh Khanna can be playing a piano, singing to his lady love, Asha Parekh.
O Mere Dil Ke Chain
Sung by Kishore Kumar for RD Burman’s composition, the song was from the movie Mere Jeevan Saathi, released in 1972. The song was picturised on Bollywood’s yesteryear superstar, Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja. This is one of the romantic songs by Kishore Kumar that is a must on his playlist.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
Shot on legendary actors Rakhee and Dharmendra, the song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore. It was from the 1973 movie Blackmail. The two protagonists are shown away from each other. Rakhee reads a letter from Dharmendra. The thriller drama was a hit.
Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se
From the 1976 film Ajanabee, this Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman song was shot on their characters Rohit, Rashmi and many female artists. In the song, Rohit can be seen hinting that he is in love with someone and reveals that Rashmi is his lady love at the end of the song.