Kishore Kumar was a multi-talented film playback singer and an actor who also worked as lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter and scriptwriter. Many don’t know that his real name is ABHAS KUMAR GANGULY & he was not a Trained Singer. In fact in his childhood,he had a very poor voice. He Acted in more than 86 films and lent his voice to more than 570 films and sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Odia, and Urdu. He was in fact a complete production house in himself. Some of his notable works include Padosan, Half Ticket, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, etc. My personal favourite was Padosan where he played a role of Sunil Dutt’s music teacher-cum-friend and helped him to impress Sayara bano.
His inspiration was another singer-actor K. L. Saigal—whom he considered his guru, and tried to emulate his singing style. But kishore kumar became inspiration for the coming generation and many tried their hands on acting after becoming Singer.
Indian pop singer and rapper, Mika Singh is a popular playback singer. He made his acting debut with Loot, 2011. He played the role of local hustler Varinder in the film. Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya featured Mika Singh in a lead role other than Shaan. The singer did a disaster!
After giving several hit songs, singer Atif Aslam made his acting debut in a Pakistani movie named Bol, 2011. He played the role of Mustafa, a musician and an aspiring doctor, who is in love with Ayesha. Although movie was a small hit but Atif was criticized heavily for his poor acting.
After proving his skills as a host and child artiste in films like Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai and Pardes, Aditya Narayan made his acting and singing debut with Vikram Bhatt’s Shaapit. But I am sure, after watching that movie, people felt that they were shaapit which forced them to watch that movie.
After earning good name in music industry, Himesh Reshammiya made his acting debut Aap Kaa Surroor- The Real Luv Story. The music director claimed that the story was based on his own life and the film was named after his music album Aap Kaa Surroor. Although he did a handfull of films like The Xpose, Aap Kaa Suroor, Karzzzz, Radio, Kajraa re and Khiladi 786, but did not match up to the audience expectations.But there is no stopping for him as the singer still dare to act further!
After earning good name in the Indian music industry, singer Sonu Nigam tried his hand in acting. The singer-cum-actor has worked in numerous movies. He may have won over million hearts with his melodious voice but acting in films like Jaani Dushman, Kash Aap Hamare Hote and Love in Nepal failed to deliver on camera.
Best known for his soulful but strikingly simple ballad-style singing and melodious voice, Lucky Ali has established himself as a pop singer. Being the nephew of Meena Kumari, one of the great actresses to grace the Indian screen, and moreover being Mehmood’s son, Lucky Ali did not lack the requisite opportunity to make his debut as an actor. He acted in a few films in the 1970s and 1980s. Kasak and Sur-The Melody of Life, were the films that Luck Ali acted in as main lead. Sadly the singer failed on the Box Office and disappointed his fans. But atleast he is best in this lot for sure.
Most recent addition in Kishore Kumar Wannabe is Honey Singh.
He may be most sought after composer-rapper-singer of India but when he debut in The Xpose with Himesh Reshammiya, somebody should have alerted him. But after his performances in The Xpose and Zorawar, people have came to the conclusion that, “You are best in rapping, MIND IT !!”
I think why he was so successful because he had these qualities which probably no one has it in modern era like great sense of humour, presence of mind & a Genius Artist. A very rare combination.
There were few incidents which just make you laugh like one time “the singer walk out of his house as a servant when Income Tax officials came to raid his house and another when he showed up with one-half of his head completly shaved off because the producer gave only half of his payment.”
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