Kishore Kumar

On the sets of Miss Mary, when they kept him waiting for five days without utilising his dates, he began chopping his hair off. First he chopped some on his left side, then he chopped some from the right to balance it; when he figured he had chopped too much off the right side, he went back and chopped some more from the left. By the time the unit called him for his shot, they were shocked to find he had scarcely any hair left.


KK had also temporarily stopped singing for Amitabh Bachchan in mid-1980s after Bachchan had refused to make a guest appearance in the film Mamta ki Chhaon Mein that Kishore had produced. …………….Which is Movie where RDB singing for Amitabh & Kishore singing for Randhir. Interesting to see Kishore playing second fiddle to RDB, apparently happened due a tiff between Amitabh & Kishore ?

Kishoreda had a clause written into his contract that only he would sing Rajesh Khanna’s songs in two-hero films

Salilda on Koi Hota Jisko Apna

in 1971, that much awaited coupling happened… This time in a small budget movie of Gulzar called “Mere apne”.. By that time, Kishore had become so evident in the playback singing market, perhaps, Salil also did not want to stay out of it…. And they together created magic in the form of ” Koi Hota Jisko Apna”… Salil told after this song that it was the first time in 17 years that he realized how much potential Kishore had in his voice

Half-Ticket Song

Salilda had never thought much of Kishore's singing skills and in fact, had to be coerced into allowing Kishore to sing for himself in Naukri (Hemant Kumar was originally supposed to sing Chotasa ghar hoga.) For Half-Ticket, the song was originally meant to be a duet with Lata Mangeshkar. She was away at the time of the recording, and Kishore Kumar begged to be allowed to sing both parts, arguing that he was playing the 'female' onscreen. Reluctantly, Salilda gave in, with one caveat - Kishore had to prove he could do it. Kishoreda promptly sang the song, switching between female and male voice with ease. The rest, as they say, is history. (The song was recorded in a single take.)


Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi si - Kishore Kumar produced Chalti ka Naam Gaadi hoping it would flop, and so ease his income tax problems. Unfortunately for him, this madcap caper involving his real-life brothers, future wife Madhubala and a Chevrolet car turned out to be a ringing success at the box office.


Badi Sooni Sooni hai - Sachin Dev Burman, who had given him some of his career’s best songs. When, in the middle of recording for Mili, SDB fell ill, Kishore rushed to his bedside, and promised to complete the recording. Sung with such feeling, it was to become Kishore Kumar’s signature song for years to come.


Koi Hum Dum Na Raha – This song, originally composed by Saraswati Devi, was sung by brother Ashok Kumar in Jeevan Naiyya. Decades later, Kishore Kumar used the same tune for his film, and it became one of the biggest hits of his career.


Woh shaam kuch ajeeb thi - and Gulzar's lyrics………If you look at the first antara and the second antara, the lines are exactly the same but in different order, giving it a different meaning. And the way Kishore has sung it, really touches you.

Mere Naina Sawan Bhado

The story goes something like - when RD Pancham Burman told Kishore Kumar about this song, that it was based on a 'raag shivranjini', classical based etc, Kishore Kumar asked RD to record Lata Bai first so he could copy from her audio. Shakti Samanta the director was approached he was hesitant, unnecessary untimely out of pocket expense he suggested, but RD told him that Kishore Kumar was a crazy person and that they should conform to his request, so Lata sang first and Kishore Kumar copies the tune, mastered it in front of this mirror 7 days of practice, and the rest is History.

Dukhi man mere

SDB offered and insisted that Dukhi Man Mere will be rendered by Kishore, he, literally, begged Sachinda not to punish him so harshly. SD obviously was not only firm but was also in the mood to counsel out Kishores' fears, right till the start of the recording. And as the cliché saying goes, the rest is history.