Legendary singer and actor Kishore Kumar is still alive in the hearts of crores of Indians after 33 years due to his brilliant voice and songs. Superhit songs like Kishore Kumar’s songs Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai, Tere Bina Zindagi Se, Meri Dreams Ki Rani, Roop Tera Mastana, Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho, Pyaar Manga Hai Tumhi Se are still on people’s tongue. But there was also a time when the songs of Sartaj Kishore Kumar were banned.
This is at a time when there was an emergency in the country. The government had jailed hundreds of country’s leaders, journalists and social workers during the Emergency. At the same time, the then Indira government wanted help from Bollywood stars to promote the government’s 20 point program on All India Radio to justify the Emergency. Many Bollywood stars also promoted the government’s program.
During this time, Kishore Kumar was asked to sing a song in a program. Kishore Kumar was not ready for this. Meanwhile, Kishore Kumar said in an interview that “I don’t sing songs on anyone’s orders”. What was the government angry with Kishore Kumar’s refusal. Kishore Kumar had to bear the brunt of this refusal. Vidyacharan Shukla, the then Information and Broadcasting Minister of the country close to Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, banned Kishore Kumar’s songs on All India Radio.
Changing voice after cutting a leg with a scythe
Regarding Kishore’s voice, his elder brother Ashok Kumar once told in an interview that Kishore Kumar’s voice was not so good since childhood. Ashok Kumar said in the interview that as a child, the voice of a teenager was like a torn bamboo. Then once Kishore Kumar’s leg fell on the vegetable cutting scythe, his toe was amputated due to the leg on the scythe. Despite the doctor treating Kishore’s finger, he continued to have pain. Due to crying loudly for several days, Kishore Kumar was so impressed that his voice changed.
I had a lot of love with my hometown Khandwa
Kishore Kumar loved his city Khandwa. Whenever Kishore Kumar came to Khandwa, he used to roam the streets of the city a lot. Lala ji used to eat lots of jalebis with friends at Lala ji’s shop near home. Even after earning the fame in Mumbai, Kishore Kumar wished to be cremated in Khandwa. However, the house in Khandwa where Kishore Da’s childhood was spent today has become a ruin.