Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar recalls dad criticising him for ‘weird’ singing

Amit Kumar recalls the recording of his first song and his father – singer Kishore Kumar said it sounded like someone was singing in the shop.

Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar has said that the legendary singer once told me that I would sing in a shop. Amit is also a singer and has sung many songs, including some renderings of his father’s songs. (ALSO READ: When Raj Kapoor gets angry for his wife’s opinion on Ram Teri Ganga Mile)

Amit is the son of Kishore’s first wife – Bengali singer-actor Ruma Guha Thakurta, who married him from 1950 to 1958. Kishore Kumar had four wives: Ruma, Madhubala, Yogita Bali and Lina Chandavarkar.

Recalling Kishore’s behavior on the recording of his first song, Amit told ETA Times, “I will never forget my first song when he sat down with Raj Kapoor. Wo dono bak bak kar rahe the (he was going away). I was singing Yee Ladki Zara Si for Love Story with Asha Ji. Dad’s attention was on both sides – no matter what I was singing and what Raj ji was saying to him.

Amit added, “He suddenly told RD Burman, ‘Yeh tho koi dukan me baniye ki tarah ga raha hai, Ajeeb ga raha hai (He sings like some shopkeeper, he sings awkwardly)’. ‘And they said,’ Chalo chalo, Jatay hai (let’s go). ‘And they both went out sweetly (smiled). “

Amit’s mother Ruma was the niece of film producer Satyajit Ray, who was the founder of Calcutta Youth Choir. Ruma worked in films like Dilip Kumar’s debut film Fever Bhata, Afsar and Mashal. He worked on two Satyajit Ray Bengali films: Abhijan and Ganeshatru.

Ruma married Kishore in 1950 and the couple welcomed their first child, Amit Kumar, in 1952. It is said that Kishore Ruma wanted to quit her career and become a housewife. After separating from Kishore, Ruma remarried and had two children. He died in 2019 at the age of 84 at his Kolkata home. Kishore Kumar died in Mumbai in October 1987 at the age of 58.

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