Dastaan-Go: Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar’s ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, but how did it work?

tale-go Is there any time to tell stories and listen? Maybe it would have happened. Or would it not happen. But one thing definitely happens. Tales, stories are interesting to everyone. It would be better if they were present on time. If it is not, it is of the past, even then it is not bad. Because they always go not only by telling us something, but also by teaching. Brings back memories of our times. Even after sweetening the spices of the serious ones, they drink it softly. That’s why ‘Dastaan-Go’ has started, the process of bringing interesting stories to your loved ones. Will try to continue this process. Monday to Friday, everyday…


Sir, Think about those selected special-o-aams, who have ever had such an accident that someone close to them passes away every day on their birthday. leave the world. And on that too ‘own’ if it is such that he himself has grown up like a child? Wouldn’t it be difficult? It will be very difficult for sure, in the rest of life. Only the one who faces such difficulty can tell, its scale. Ashok Kumar (Dada Muni), who was a big star in the world of Hindi films during his time, would have been able to tell if he had been there today. Because Dada Muni has been one of such people. Today, that is, on his birthday, which falls on October 13, it is also a stain that his dear younger brother Kishore left this world on this day. The brother whom he taught to walk by holding his finger. The brother, whose hand he held until his feet were firmly fixed in the world.

During an interview, ‘Dada Muni’ had remembered, ‘What was his (Kishore Kumar) specialty? When he used to sit on the tune, he used to sit like an arrow. Absolutely pinpointed. The rest of the songs are there, what do they do a little that they become Kamsura. Let me tell you that there are three notes in each note (in terms of range, up, down, in the middle). But he was nowhere to be found distorted or weak. That’s why he became very successful in singing. But what to do, it’s gone too soon. Referring to this, the neck of ‘Dada Muni’ bows down. They hide the pain emerging on the face. However, the fold of that accident fell on his life in such a way that it kept on appearing often. Although he himself did not tell, but the world knows that ‘Dada Muni’ never celebrated his birthday again in the last 14 years of his life (until he left the world on 10 December 2001). could not refuse. What if they, even a common man could not celebrate.

However, when Kishore lived in this world, there was hardly any such regret in the life of ‘Dada Muni’. At that time, there was only fun, laughter and laughter in the life of these brothers. In the words of ‘Dada Muni’ himself, ‘All three brothers (Anup Kumar also) kept doing spontaneous comedy. Because it is actually the gift of our father (Kunjlal Ganguly). That is, we have inherited. Father was our lawyer, by the way. But there was comedy in everything he did. He also used to do comedy in court. Those who heard this laughed. The judge also started laughing. Even the accused used to laugh. And sir, if anyone wants to have a good deal with the ‘Khandani-Khasiyat’ of the comedy of the three brothers, then one can see their picture, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’. Came in the year 1958. Kishore Kumar was among those who made it. But he felt that ‘the car will not run’. But it went. It went on like this is still a discussion.

Similarly, ‘Dada-Muni’ also initially felt that ‘Yeh song mein chalega nahi’ about Kishore Kumar. In the year 1990, during the shooting of the television serial ‘Anmol Ratan’, he had made some revelations, ‘When he was born, his throat was so hard that what should I tell. Was coughing all the time. Then one time his finger was cut off by laughter. In those days there was no medicine to cure the pain. So he used to cry for 22-22 hours a day, despite the bandage in his finger, because of the pain. But the special thing is that due to continuous crying for so many days, his throat opened. Then he further explains, ‘Yes, he was more fond of singing. Since childhood. KL used to copy Sehgal sahab. He also used to sing songs for my films. But he had no training in singing. In that era, there were singers like Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey, one to one. That’s why I doubted how he would survive among them?’.

According to ‘Dada Muni’, ‘That’s why I took him forward in films for the first acting. That talent was well visible in him. I used to think that if he goes ahead in acting, if he takes it properly, then he will do very well in it. So I told him that I will take a shot of yours. Take a shot in ‘Ziddi’ (1948 film). That Devanand is coming. The song is playing. Say this in the middle of it – What sir, it comes after the girl, behind the maid. If not much, just shake your mouth. give expression. But he murmured softly in that shot and abused him! I was looking. I understand that he has abused. I scolded him right there – what are you saying? But where is it going to make any difference’. Now sir, listen to Kishore Kumar further, ‘I had come to Bombay with the wish of Dada Muni that he would introduce me to my Guru Sehgal Saheb. I never even thought of doing acting-acting.

During a conversation with well-known journalist Pritish Nandy and once with Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore-da had told, ‘I was getting rid of acting. That’s why whenever Dada Muni or someone who knew him asked me to act in films, I used to do vulgar acts. Sometimes he would have reached the sets of the film by shaving his head. Sometimes he starts yuddling in the midst of a sad scene. The dialogue would also move here and there. Once, whatever I had to say to Bina Roy in another film, I spoke it in front of Meena Kumari in someone else. But they (film guys) were not ready to leave me. Because my such antics were also liked by the audience. She started acting natural. After Dilip Kumar, I was considered to be another major discovery in acting. And I kept getting films for acting continuously. Still, I did not feel like acting. Acting is fake. The sounds are true. So, made a connection with them.

And the interesting thing is that Ashok Kumar himself initially felt that he would not be able to act. Yes, if given a chance, he can definitely try his hand in direction. Can sing a little too much. From him himself, ‘It is about the year 1935. In those days I was studying law in Presidency College (Calcutta). Classes were held at night. If there was no work during the day, he used to see pictures. I really liked two or three pictures in them. One of them was Debki Bose. He was a great director. Seeing those pictures, I knew why I should study law. Why not become a director? At that time Himanshu Roy (owner of Bombay Talkies) had returned from Germany. About the whole German people. They wanted to open some studios here (in Bombay). Then I thought why not make an appointment with him. Going to him and learning something worth becoming. At that time my brother-in-law S (Shashadhar) Mukherjee was a sound engineer at Famous (Studio) here.

‘I wrote a letter to Mukherjee sahib that brother, we want to meet him (Himanshu Roy). Get the appointment fixed. So he said come straight away. Will go to meet Then let’s see. I had 35 rupees to pay the examination fee. So I thought I would do the examination later and took a third class ticket by paying Rs 33 and went straight to Bombay. Meet Himanshu Roy. He was accompanied by the German director Franz Austen. Then Himanshu Roy said – I want only educated people to come to films. At the same time, Austin asked to take my screen test. The studio was not built at that time. There was a house. There he sat on the top of the ladder and told me – sing a song. Remind here, sir, that in this era, the actor himself had to sing his own songs in the film. So next – Kaul Dada Muni, ‘I sang a song after thinking a lot. Austin heard him and said – Mr Himanshu this boy will not be able to do’.

‘I was listening. They came to me. Asked- What are you doing. I said- I am studying law in Calcutta. So he said – go back to Calcutta and study law. But then Himanshu Roy called me and said – you do one thing, get involved in the laboratory. In the laboratory you have to print, wash the film and do editing. I said – okay. I’ll do that. You don’t have to act. That’s when ‘Jeevan Naiya’ (1936 film) started. Najm-ul-Hasan was an actor in it. He left the film midway. So Himanshu Roy came to me. Started saying – you get ready. I want you to act in films. I said – no, no. Won’t happen to me. And even my parents don’t want me to act. So he said – do one thing. do a picture. After that we will leave you. So that ‘Jeevan Naiya’ started. After that ‘Achhut Kanya’ (1936 film). She also left. Like this, Dada Muni’s acting car also started.

Now talking about the songs of Kishore-da, for the first time he was sung in films by composer Khemchand Prakash. In the same ‘stubborn’ film, in which Dada-Muni was trying to get him to act. In this film, Kishore Da sang for Devanand Sahab, ‘Marne ki duaen kyun maangoon, jeene ki tamanna kaun kare’. However, there is a shadow of his Guru Sehgal Sahib in the voice of Kishore-da. However, Kishore-da’s voice was also found in Kishore Kumar’s neck. And it was amazing, Musiqar Sachin Deb Burman sahib. This is around 1950’s. At that time the film ‘Mashaal’ was being made. SD Burman was giving music in it. During that time he once went to the grandfather’s house. Then while taking a bath in Kishore-da gulkhana, Sehgal was singing imitating Sahab. In between, he would also put his special yuddling in it. This method of his went well with SD Burman sahib.

It is said that at that time Burman sahib said to Kishore-da, ‘Kishore, you sing the song well. But it will be better if you sing in your own voice. own way’. Kishore-da took this consultation of Burman sahib hand-in-hand and what happened next is recorded in the date itself. So, now it will be useful to tell while walking that as ‘Dada Muni’ himself says, ‘I have done about 300 films. Of these, there were about 50 hits-superhits. At the same time, there is an estimate about Kishore-da that he sang around 574 songs in his career between 1940 and 1980. Surely the listeners would have been relieved to hear some of his more songs if they had not left the world ahead of time. And then it would have been possible that even on the birthday of ‘Dada Muni’ there would be no stain. But they say no, the one above has written on the forehead, when, who has been able to change it?

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