Kishore Kumar: The Definitive Biography
For over two decades before his untimely death in 1987, Kishore Kumar reigned supreme as the most versatile, innovative and prolific make playback singer of Hindi screen. With songs like Ye dil na hota bechara, Mere sapnon ki rano, Chingari koi bhadke and Ye jeevan hai - to name a few, he captivated a generation of listeners.
Apart from his singing career, Kishore Kumar was a talented actor and comedian who stood out for his bravura performances in Chalti Ka Naam Gadi, Half Ticket and Padosan. He then made his mark as an accomplished film and music director, with films like Door Gagan ki Chhaon Main and Jhumroo to his credit.
This biography traces Kishore Kumar's life graph, from his childhood in Khandwa and his early days of struggle to his emergence as a screen hero and, subsequently, his iconic status as a vocalist after the release of Aradhana in 1969.