Interview With KK
From boulder!parrikar Thu Apr 25 18:23:29 MDT 1991
Article: 13507 of soc.culture.indian
From: parrikar@mimicad.Colorado.EDU (Rajan Parrikar)
Subject: Tete-a-tete with Kishore Kumar!(Long)
Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (The Daily Planet)
Organization: University of Colorado, Boulder
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1991 00:16:07 GMT
Here are excerpts of a tete-a tete with Kishore Kumar and the editor of the Illustrated Weekly, Pritish Nandy. This piece appeared in a cover story entitled “GENIUS” in the April 28, 1985 issue of the Illustrated Weekly. In the same story, Kishore Kumar ranked HIS favourite 10 songs. They are:
Those who aren’t interested should hit ‘n’ right now!
|Dukhi man mere||S.D. Burman||Funtoosh|
|Jag mag jag mag karta nikla||Khemchand Prakash||Rim Jhim|
|Husn bhi hai udas udas||Anil Biswas||Fareb|
|Chingari koi Bhadke||R.D. Burman||Amar Prem|
|Mere naina saawan bhaadon||R.D. Burman||Mehbooba|
|Koi hum dum na raha||Kishore Kumar||Jhumroo|
|Mere mehboob kayamat hogi||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Mr X in Bombay|
|Koi hota jisko apna||Salil Chowdhury||Mere Apne|
|Woh Shaam kuch ajeeb thi||Hemant Kumar||Khamoshi|
|Badi sooni sooni hai||S.D. Burman||Milee|
PN: I understand you are quitting Bombay and going away to Khandwa…
KK: Who can live in this stupid, friendless city where everyone seeks to exploit you every moment of the day? Can you trust anyone out here? Is anyone trustworthy? Is anyone a friend you can count on? I am determined to get out of this futile rat race and live as I’ve always wanted to. In my native Khandwa, the land of my forefathers. Who wants to die in this ugly city?
PN: Why did you come here in the first place?
KK: I would come to visit my brother Ashok Kumar. He was such a big star in those days. I thought he could introduce me to KL Saigal who was my greatest idol. People say he used to sing through his nose. But so what? He was a great singer. Greater than anyone else.
PN: I believe you are planning to record an album of famous Saigal songs….
KK: They asked me to. I refused. Why should I try to outsing him? Let him remain enshrined in our memory. Let his songs remain just HIS songs. Let not even one person say that Kishore Kumar sang them better.
PN: If you didn’t like Bombay, why did you stay back? For fame? For money?
KK: I was conned into it. I only wanted to sing. Never to act. But somehow, thanks to peculiar circumstances, I was persuaded to act in the movies. I hated every moment of it and tried virtually every trick to get out of it. I muffed my lines, pretended to be crazy, shaved my head off, played difficult, began yodelling in the midst of tragic scenes, told Meena Kumari what I was supposed to tell Bina Rai in some other film – but they still wouldn’t let me go. I screamed, ranted, went cuckoo. But who cared? They were just determined to make me a star.
KK: Because I was Dadamoni’s brother. And he was a great hero.
PN: But you succeeded, after your fashion….
KK: Of course I did. I was the biggest draw after Dilip Kumar. There were so many films I was doing in those days that I had to run from one set to the other, changing on the way. Imagine me. My shirts flying off, my trousers falling off, my wig coming off while I’m running from one set to the other. Very often I would mix up my lines and look angry in a romantic scene or romantic in the midst of a fierce battle. It was terrible and I hated it. It evoked nightmares of school. Directors were like school teachers. Do this. Do that. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. I dreaded it. That’s why I would often escape.
PN: Well, you are notorious for the trouble you give your directors and producers. Why is that?