Amit Kumar

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Amit Kumar
অমিত কুমার
Born Amit Kumar
Occupation Singer, actor, film director, film producer, music producer, musician
Years active 1965–present
Parent(s) Kishore Kumar
Ruma Guha Thakurta
Relatives See Ganguly family

Amit Kumar is an Indian film playback singer, actor, director, music director, and musician. He is the son of the Indian singer and actor Kishore Kumar, and the Bengali singer and actress Ruma Guha Thakurta.[1] Like his father, Amit loved singing and from childhood used to sing during Durga Pooja functions in Calcutta. Once, when he was performing on stage in a Durga Pooja function arranged by Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, people kept requesting more songs and this information reached his mother. She complained to Kishore Kumar that his son was singing "filmy" songs. Hearing that, Kishore Kumar decided to bring him to Bombay.[citation needed]

Before that, Kishore Kumar had cast Amit as his son in two films that he produced himself; Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein[2] and Door Ka Raahi (with Amit as a teenager). The song "Aa Chalke Tujhe, Mein Leke Chaloon" was filmed with Kishore Kumar singing to his eleven-year-old son Amit Kumar.

He has sung many Bollywood and regional film songs since the 1970s and was actively singing in Indian films from 1970 to 1994. After the death of R. D. Burman in 1994, citing lack of good quality music being composed, he withdrew from playback singing and concentrated on live orchestra shows. In addition to singing in Hindi, has also performed in Bengali, Bhojpuri, Odia, Assamese, Marathi and Konkani.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

1970s[edit]

He made his debut as a child singer and actor in his father's movie Door Ka Raahi. He recorded the song "Main Ik Panchi Matwaala Re", which was later removed from the film. He sang for the first time outside his father's composition, at the age of 21 in 1973. The song was "Hosh Mein Hum Kahan", composed by Sapan Jagmohan for the film Darwaza, which wasn't released until 1978.

His duets with Kishore, such as "Haseeno Ke Chakkar Mein" from Deewangee in 1976, "Nazar Lage Na Saathiyo" from Des Pardes in 1978 and "Sun Chache Bol" from Badthi Ka Naam Dadhi in 1974 became popular.[according to whom?] In the 1976 film Balika Badhu, he sang "Bade Achchhe Lagte Hain" by the composer R.D. Burman, by which he attained national fame.[3] This song was named the 26th most popular film song of 1977 by the radio show Binaca Geetmala.[citation needed] Amit Kumar recorded 170 Hindi songs under R.D.Burman.[4]

In 1978, he sang "Aati Rahengi Baharein" in Kasme Vaade, for Randhir Kapoor's character. He also did playback singing for Randhir Kapoor in Chor Ke Ghar Chor (1978) and Dhongee.

He sang in various films, including Aandhi, Aap Ke Deewane, Khatta Meetha, Gol Maal, Des Pardes, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Deewanagi(1976), Duniya Meri Jeb Mein, Parvarish, Humare Tumhare(1979) and Baton Baton Mein. His duets sung with Lata Mangeshkar from the film Baton Baton Mein – "Uthe Sabke Kadam" – and "Dekh Mausam Keh Raha Hai" from Duniya Mere Jeb Main and the duets with Asha Bhosle such as "Dhal Din Kaise" from Laal Khoti became famous in this period.

1980s[edit]

Amit Kumar's duet song with Lata – "Ka Janu Main Sajaniya" from Hum Paanch in 1980 and his duets with Rafi from Aap Ke Deewane such as "Ram Kare Allah Kare" and "Humto Aap Ke Deewane Hai" became famous. Then Amit sang all the songs for the 1981 film Love Story and won a Filmfare Award for the duet "Yaad Aa Rahi Hai" with Lata Mangeshkar. Composer R. D. Burman jokingly told Amit before its release that this song sounds like a "Bhajan".

After the success of Love Story, Rajesh Khanna asked Amit Kumar to do playback for him for the very first time in Fiffty Fiffty (1981) and then later Amit sang for Khanna in Aakhir Kyon? (1985), Ghar Ka Chirag, Jai Shiv Shankar, Swarg (1990) and Sautela Bhai (1996).

In 1980, the actor Feroz Khan produced the film Qurbani, which included the song "Laila o Laila" with Amit Kumar rendering his voice for Amjad Khan. This song was named the 6th most popular film song of 1980 by the radio show Binaca Geetmala.[citation needed] Afghan singer Ahmad Zahir had sung a song called "Tanha Shodam Tanha" in 1971 and sold it to French brand El Bimbo and released in 1975, but Bappi Lahiri copied this song and made the duet "Na Jane Tune Kya Kiya" in the film Love in Goa and this song became popular in 1983, but the film was a box office dud. Though Dhuan (1981), Lovers, Jawani, Jeeva, Apne Apne, Rama O Rama and Khoj in the 80s were disasters at the box office,[according to whom?] his duet and solo songs from these films are still appreciated.[according to whom?] His song "Aao Naye Sapne Bune", composed by Basudev from Main Qatil Hun in 1984 became famous, but the film bombed[according to whom?].The Asha-Amit Kumar duet "Yun Toh Haseen Hazar" from Shradhanjali in 1981 became a hit.[5] His duet "Hum Jis Raste Pe Chale" with Lata and solo numbers "Maang Loonga" and "Mere Geeton" from Romance and the Asha-Amit duet "Zora Zori Kahe Karte" from Woh Jo Hasina and "Duniya Zamana Dekha" from Ustadi Ustad Se and "Baar Baar Log Mujhe" from Khushnaseeb were chart-busters in 1982. Other chart-busters from 1983 were "Yeh Bombay Shehar Haadsoon Ka Sheher Hai" from Haadsaa and the Asha-Amit duets "Ek Ladka Ladkise Jab Milta Hai Bandh Kamre Main" from the film Love in Goa and "Pyare Tere Pyar Mein" from Nastik in 1983, but all 3 films flopped at the box office. His duets "Tu Rootha Toh Main Ro Doongi Sanam" with Asha Bhosle and "Gali Gali Dhoonda Tujhe" with Lata and solo songs "Halla Gulla Maza Hai" and "Mana Abhi Tu Kamsin" from the film Jawani (1984), composed by R. D. Burman were mega hits. In 1985, the duet "Dushman Na Kare" from Akhir Kyun was popular and in 1986 it was the solo song "Mary Tu Hoja Meri" from Anokha Rishta, and both these two films were box office hits. His 1986 duet with Asha, "Roz Roz Ankhon", was still popular in 2003, although the film Jeeva bombed.[6] He had solo and duet songs from 1980 to 1989 in hit films such as Hum Paanch, Bulundi, Itni Si Baat, Hamari Bahu Alka, Anokha Bandhan, Ustaadi Ustad Se, Bheegi Palkein, Khatron Ke Khiladi, Maalamaal, Ilzaam, Anokha Rishta, Rama O Rama, Jaaydaad, Tridev, ChaalBaaz, Aag Se Khelenge, Dost etc. His songs were a hit irrespective of whether the film was a success at the box office.[citation needed]

In this decade, Amit Kumar sang for almost all music directors and actors. In the 1980s, he was the second most preferred male playback singer in Hindi films with his father Kishore Kumar being the first choice to sing for the heroes. Among all music directors, Amit Kumar as a playback singer was used more by Pancham from 1975 to 1994 and then by Bappi Lahiri from 1983 to 1995. He became the voice of Kumar Gaurav the 1980s and their combination gave many hit songs from the films such as Romance (1983), Teri Kasam, Lovers (1983), All-rounder and Telefilm-Janam. He was also the voice for newcomer Karan Shah in films such as Jawani, Anokha Rishta, Apne Apne and Chor Pe Mor and though the songs were popular, Karan Shah's films were flops except for Anokha Rishta and Chor Pe Mor. Amit Kumar was also playback singer for the newcomer of 80s – Rajan Sippy in Awara Baap, but the film bombed. Later in this decade, Kumar sang songs for Anil Kapoor, among newcomers of the late 1980s, in films including Tezaab, Yudh and Aag Se Khelenge and continued to sing for him in the 90s. The duets with Asha – "Pehle Pehle Pyar Ki" and "Yeh Tujhe Kya Hua" both from Ilzaam in 1986 and "Tere Naina Mere Naina" from Aag Se Khelenge and "Chotasa Parivaar Hamara" from Dost in 1989 became famous in their respective years. The Anuradha Pudwal-Amit Kumar duet from Tezaab – "Kehdo Ke Tum Meri" and his solo song "Ek Do Teen" from the same film were part of Binaca Geet Mala's annual list in 1988. The song from Tridev filmed with Naseeruddin Shah, "Oye Oye- Tirchi Topi Waaley",[7] was a nationwide hit and again Amit did playback for Naseeruddin Shah in the film Hero Hiralal, which was famous as well.[according to whom?] His duet "Yeh Kismat Hai Kya Kisne Dekha Yahan" with Alka Yagnik from Ghar Ka Chirag became popular in 1989. Soon after Kishore Kumar's death, he and his half-brother Sumit Kumar released an album called Dui Kishore as a tribute to their father.[citation needed]

Early 1990s to 2000[edit]

In 1990, in the film Hum, the song "Sanam Mere Sanam" of Kumar is notable. Baaghi: A Rebel for Love had a smash hit in the song "Kaisa Lagta Hai". From the film Ghayal, the song "Pyaar tum mujhase" was popular. In this decade, he had notable songs in films such as Sailaab, Police Public, Aaj Ka Arjun, 100 Days, Awwal Number, ChaalBaaz, Khel, Vishwatma, Honeymoon, Aaj Ka Goonda Raaj, Gurudev, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Judaai and also had hit songs in the films which flopped at the box office, such as Jawani Zindabad, Afsana Pyar Ka, Indrajeet, Sangdil Sanam, Jaagruti, Deewana Mujhsa Nahin and Suryavanshi.

Kumar enjoyed a special work relationship, in addition to R.D. Burman and Bappi Lahiri, with the music duo Anand-Milind, who heavily promoted Kumar in the early 1990s. Their collaborations include Baaghi: A Rebel for Love, Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hain, Maha-Sangram, Swarg, Anjaane Rishtey, Talaashi, Sangdil Sanam, Yaad Rakhegi Duniya, Woh Phir Aayegi, Aaj Ka Gundaraj, Sanam, Adharm, and Rakhwala. Anand-Milind were one of the few new-age music composers of that period who regularly recorded with Amit Kumar, making him the voice for Salman Khan in Baaghi, Suryavanshi, Ek Ladka Ek Ladki, Jaagruti and Sangdil Sanam and Anand Milind made Amit the voice of Aamir Khan in films such as Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin and Jawani Zindabad. Amit Kumar's duets with Asha Bhosle in the film Afsana Pyar Ka, a box office dud,[according to whom?] with Bappi Lahiri as music-composer, such as "Nazrein Milin" and "Tip Tip Baarish" were hit songs[according to whom?] and were picturised on Aamir Khan. His duets such as "Palkon Ke Tale" and "Mujhko Yeh Zindagi Lagti Hai" in the flop film Sailaab were hits too.[according to whom?] By this, he gained the reputation of being a singer who belted out hit songs irrespective of the film being a commercial success or critically panned film or otherwise.[according to whom?]Amit Kumar also worked with Ram Laxman and songs such as the Lata-Amit Kumar duets "Main Jis Din Bhoola Doon" from Police Public in 1990 and "Le Le Dil" from 100 days in 1991 became popular. In 1990, Asha-Amit duets such as "Aur Suno Kya Haal" and "Baj Uthe Gunghroo" from Chor Pe Mor and Asha-Amit duets such as "Main Khule Aam Khedun" and "Main Na Jhoot" from Indrajeet in 1991 became popular. In 1992, the Lata-Amit Kumar duet "Adhi Raat Ko" from Parampara, composed by Shiv-Hari and Asha-Amit duets such as "Rimjhim Rimjhim Barse" and "Jo Aap Aye" from Jhooti Shaan were huge hits. Amit delivered more even in 1993, with Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. The songs "Deewana Dil Deewana" and "Sachhi Yeh Kahani Hai" became famous.[according to whom?]

Kumar also collaborated with another fresh talent from the 1990s, Jatin Lalit, who had Amit Kumar croon numbers in several films such as Paandav (1995), Silsila Hai Pyar Ka, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.... He even worked with Ilaiyaraaja for the song "Yeh Gulabi Shaam Ka Nasha", a duet with Asha. In 1996, his duet with Asha Bhosle in the film Sapoot – "Kajal Kajal Teri Ankhon Ka", composed by Anu Malik became popular.

Later in the decade, he declined most singing offers citing that the quality of music was deteriorating since the 1990s and after the death of R. D. Burman in 1994, with whom Amit had a special bonding, Kumar withdrew himself from the film industry. Kumar started undertaking more live stage performances in various parts of the world since 1996 and has been doing shows till today.

During these years, he also composed and released music albums, including:

  • MAD
  • Pyaar Toh Bas Pyaar Hai
  • Dam Dama Dam

Television[edit]

  • In the late 1980s, Kumar rendered his voice to TV serials on Doordarshan such as Chunauti and Campus.
  • He also did songs for the television film Janam.
  • He sang the title tracks for the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's animated series Duck Tales and Bob the Builder.
  • He was one of the main judges in the May 2008, singing competition reality TV show K for Kishore, where singers tried to recreate the magic of Kishore Kumar's songs on Sony Entertainment Television Asia.[citation needed]

2000–present[edit]

  • He was the main judge in the singing competition on Zee Bangla TV for the show: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mr/Miss Universe 2010.
  • He also sang two songs in Raju Chacha, starring Ajay Devgan, Kajol and Rishi Kapoor – "Dil Dil Ka Yeh Kaam Hai" and "Kahin Se Ayi Rani".
  • He sang "Tigde Tigde" with Neetha Subhir for Kandahar, starring Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan.
  • He sang "Dilrubaon Ke Jalwe" in Dulha Mil Gaya
  • 2006 – His song Dil Main Baji Guitar from Apna Sapna Money Money was a huge party hit.
  • 2012 – His Albums "MAD" and "Oh My Sweetheart" were relaunched and received excellent response.
  • 2013 – He sang the song "Naino me sapna" for Sajid Khan's movie Himmatwala[8]
  • 2016 - He sang two songs "Hey Club Dancer" and "Rehti thi Main Bezar si" in the movie Club Dancer.

Bengali–Hindi connection[edit]

[according to whom?]One of the duet songs of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, "Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai" from Rocky, the debut film of Sanjay Dutt, composed by R. D. Burman, was also sung by Amit Kumar in Bengali. This song is unique because both the songs "Kya Yehi Pyar Hai" from the film Rocky and "Jeo Na Jeo na" were recorded between when "Kya Yehi Pyar Hai" was recorded (sung by Kishore Da & Lataji), and the next day Amit Da (Amit Kumar) dubbed it on the same track, but the Bengali version released 1 year before the Hindi song. This unknown anecdote was shared by Amit Kumar himself.

There are seven songs sung by Amit Kumar in Bengali which his father sang in Hindi separately. All Bengali songs were sung by Amit and their Hindi versions were sung by Kishore. The songs are:

Bengali Hindi
"Pran To Maane Na" "Bachna Ae Haseeno"
"Kato Din Aar" "Mujhko Baas Yuhi Udaas Rahne Do"
"Patho Cheye" "Chhodo Sanam"
"Sono Rubi" "Zubi Zubi"
"Jeo na Jeo na" "Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai"
"E Paar Bhange" "Kabhi Palkon Pe"
"Ki Kore Janle Tumi" "Tum Mere Zindagi Mein"

Filmfare awards[edit]

Won[edit]

Year Song Film Music director(s) Lyricist
1981 "Yaad Aa Rahi Hai" Love Story Rahul Dev Burman Anand Bakshi

Nominated[edit]

Year Song Film Music director(s) Lyricist
1982 "Yeh Zameen Gaa Rahi Hai" Teri Kasam Rahul Dev Burman Anand Bakshi
1988 "Ek Do Teen" Tezaab Laxmikant-Pyarelal Javed Akhtar
1989 "Tirchhi Topiwale" Tridev Kalyanji Anandji Anand Bakshi
1990 "Kaisa Lagta Hai" Baaghi Anand-Milind Sameer

Acting stint[edit]

Amit Kumar acted in several films directed by and starring his father, which were Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964), Door Ka Raahi (1971), Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (1974), Shabhash Daddy (1979) and Chalti Ka Naam Zindagi (1982). In 1989, he made his last film appearance in his father's incomplete film Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein, which starred himself, his stepmother Leena Chandavarkar and Rajesh Khanna. After his father's death in 1987, he took over as director and completed the film for release in 1989.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ D, Johnny. "Star couples search for love". HindustanTimes.com. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  2. ^ VIJAY LOKAPALLY. "Blast From The Past: Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein (1964)". The Hindu. 
  3. ^ "Amit Kumar talks about his association with the late RD Burman". 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  5. ^ "India News, Latest Sports, Bollywood, World, Business & Politics News-Times of India". The Times of India. 
  6. ^ "The music one misses out". MiD DAY. MiD-Day Infomedia Ltd. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.indiansingers.net/amitkumar.htm
  8. ^ "Himmatwala: Kishore Kumar's son sings Naino Me Sapna". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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