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The Versatile Genius

Kishore Kumar’s ability to modulate his voice to suit the personality of his hero, and the ethos of the situation, was what made him a star. He was as much the voice of the dapper Dev, the adorable Rajesh as well as the aggressive angry young man Amitabh Bachchan. Rajesh Khanna speaks with unrestrained fondness, […]

Kishore Kumar’s ability to modulate his voice to suit the personality of his hero, and the ethos of the situation, was what made him a star. He was as much the voice of the dapper Dev, the adorable Rajesh as well as the aggressive angry young man Amitabh Bachchan. Rajesh Khanna speaks with unrestrained fondness, of the manner in which Kishore so beautifully reflected his persona’s character. ‘When I heard the first song of Aradhana, I felt as though I was actually singing. Or that he’s standing, in front of me and I’m copying him. We are like two lives in one body’. He could keep in step with the debonair Dev in ‘Maana janab ne pukara nahin‘, drench his voice in the excitement and nervousness of the mad, passionate Rajesh Khanna in ‘Roop tera‘ and clown around for Amitabh in ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves‘.

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One Response to “The Versatile Genius”

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    A Singh Says:

    Most comedians are very good serious actors as well. Looking at the roles played by KK in films like ‘Chali Ka Naam Gaadi’ and ‘Door Gagan Ki Chaawan Mein’, one can see the contract in the KK as a actor. Indeed KK was a complete actor. His performance in ‘Door Ka Rahi’ is also Good.

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