From turning “fully bald”, avoiding enjoying the titular hero in “Anand” to troubling hapless producers by disappearing by a “secret staircase” behind his cabinet, “mad genius” Kishore Kumar had quite a few tips up his sleeves, reveals poet-lyricist Gulzar in his new ebook “Really… I Met Them: A Memoir”.
In accordance with Gulzar, Kishore Kumar, and never actor Rajesh Khanna, was initially set to star within the 1971 cult basic “Anand”. However just some days earlier than the shoot, Kishore Kumar, in a gathering to debate his look within the movie, shocked everybody by turning up fully bald.
“We had been all shocked! On high of that, Kishoreda went across the workplace dancing and singing, ‘What is going to you do now, Hrishi?’ (the movie’s director, Hrishikesh Mukherjee).
“Consequently, Rajesh Khanna was finalized for the function in a really brief time. Maybe Kishoreda by no means wished to play the character. However, I’ve by no means seen somebody slicing off their nostril to spite their face in such a way,” recollects Gulzar, who wrote the dialogues of the superhit film.
The movie ended up successful a number of awards, together with the Filmfare Award for Finest Movie in 1972.
Not solely administrators, many producers had been additionally on the receiving finish of Kishore Kumar’s mischief. In reality, one in every of Kishore Kumar’s favorite issues to do was “to land his producers in bother”, Gulzar writes within the memoir, printed by Penguin Random Home India.
As soon as a producer went to the singer-actor’s home to hunt a gathering however as Kishore Kumar was not in a temper to speak to him, he “merely opened his cabinet, stepped in and disappeared!”
“He used to have this astounding cabinet that hid a secret staircase inside. Kishoreda merely opened the cabinet, stepped in and disappeared! Leaving the producer ready for him exterior the open doorways of the contraption. If nothing else, this underscores the immense effort and planning required to reside a lifetime of absurdities,” writes the veteran lyricist.
In one other occasion, Kishore Kumar halted the recording of songs for a movie known as “Bharosa” to demand tea. And after an countless wait, when the tea lastly arrived, he went forward with the recording with out even having a sip of it.
“Each time we tried coaxing Kishoreda, ‘Let’s go, Dada, let’s get the recording accomplished, Abdul — his driver who had gone out to fetch the tea — might be right here quickly’, he would counter with, ‘Let Abdul come. I am going to have tea and solely then’. Lastly, when Abdul returned, Kishoreda instantly declared, ‘Okay, let’s file.’ ‘Why, do not you need tea?’ we requested. Paying us no heed, he went to get the recording accomplished,” he writes.
Gulzar clarified that the tea was not necessary for the singer. The entire charade was accomplished for the “producer to spend cash and get tea for all of the musicians and the employees”.
Calling the legendary singer his “buddy” with whom he had labored on a number of events, the 87-year-old author admitted that Kishore Kumar was the type of particular person with whom you could not be “indignant or upset for too lengthy”.
“If I did, the loss was all mine. It meant being disadvantaged of an essence of world — the essence of Kishore. It had its personal eminence, intoxication and feeling — all of it distinctive .. One can be hard-pressed to imagine that anybody may conduct their actual life with such sense of humour if one had by no means met Kishoreda,” he famous.
“Really … I Met Them: A Memoir”, launched on Monday, provides readers a peek into the minds of legends together with the likes of Bimal Roy, Ritwik Ghatak, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Mahasweta Devi, by the trusted lens of Gulzar.