Kishore Kumar, the screen sensation

Here are 10 films that define the playback legend as actor

By   |  Published: 14th Oct 2020  2:14 pmUpdated: 14th Oct 2020  6:11 pm

Tuesday marked the 33rd death anniversary of playback legend Kishore Kumar, who passed away on this day in 1987. To define the versatile genius as just the iconic singer that he was would be unfair. Kishore Kumar is celebrated till today as a maverick actor, too, besides screenwriter, director, producer and composer.

Today, let’s look back at some of his memorable performances as an actor:

Naukari (1954)

Kishore Kumar played the lead alongside Sheila Ramani in this Bimal Roy directorial. Naukari is one of the initial films that helped Kishore Kumar gain prominence as an actor.

Adhikar (1954)

The romantic comedy starred Kishore Kumar and Usha Kiran in the lead. The film, directed by Mohan Segal, did good business at the box office.

Bhai-Bhai (1956)

The film cast real-life siblings Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar as brothers. Bhai-Bhai was directed by MV Raman.

Lukochuri (1956)

The Bengali rom-com features Kishore Kumar in a double role, opposite Mala Sinha and Anita Guha. The film directed by Kamal Majumdar, was produced under the banner of Kishore Kumar Films. Shing nei tobu nam tar shingho and Ek poloker ektu dekha are peppy numbers sung by Kishore Kumar that remain popular till today.

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

The comedy starred brothers Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar with Madhubala playing the female lead and Satyen Bose directing. Babu samjho ishare, Ek ladki bheegi bhaagisi, Hum the woh thi aur sama rangeen and Haal kaisa hai janaab ka”are popular Kishore Kumar numbers from the film.

Jhumroo (1961)

Kishore Kumar and Madhubala starred in this musical romantic comedy film helmed by Shankar Mukherjee. Main hoon jhumroo and Koi humdum na raha in Kishore’s voice remain evergreen numbers from the film.

Half Ticket (1962)

Kishore Kumar starred alongside Madhubala in this Hindi classic directed by Kalidas. His act as an overgrown little boy seems hilarious even after all these years.

Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964)

An adaptation of the American film The Proud Rebel, this film was written, directed and produced by Kishore Kumar. He also starred in the film with son Amit Kumar and Bengali film actress Supriya Choudhury. The film received critical acclaim.

Padosan (1968)

The musical comedy helmed by Jyoti Swaroop is counted among Bollywood’s greatest comedies ever. Based on the Bengali film Pasher Bari, it stars Kishore Kumar alongside Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu and Mehmood. The film is remembered for RD Burman compositions like Mere samne wali khidki pe and Kehna hai sung by Kishore Kumar, and Ek chatur naar by Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey and Mehmood.

Hungama (1971)

The SM Abbas directorial comedy stars Kishore Kumar alongside Vinod Khanna, Zeenat Aman, Mehmood, Johnny Walker and others.

With these and many more brilliant performances, particularly in the comedy genre, Abhas Kumar Ganguly — known to all by his screen name Kishore Kumar — left an indelible mark in the minds of Bollywood buffs.