Kishore Kumar – The best mad, crazy, comic songs

October 13, 2011

A tribute on his death anniversary October 13

Kishore KumarMJ Akbar in his obituary to Shammi Kapoor wrote in India Today that one reason for Shammi Kapoor craze was that he was mad.  But who was the maddest of them all?  The great superstar Amitabh Bachchan could do a mad act with straight face.  You can think of his job interview with Ranjit in Namak Halal where he shows his English speaking proficiency.  But Kishore Kumar did not need to do an act.  He was mad.  He was crazy, he was wild.  He would sing – in Hindi, in English, in Bengali, in Gibberish; he would dance, he would squat, he would jump, he would roll, he would sleep – all in the same song of 3 minutes.  There was no logic to his madness.  No one chased his girl more relentlessly; no one teased her more irritatingly. Some of his girls were good sports; they would play along with the fun.  Some others were prim, proper and well brought up.  They were exasperated, they would scream, they would do their darndest to ward him off.  But he won them all in the end.  And they were the biggest of their time – Nutan, Vyjayantimala and Madhubala.

I belong to the generation which reckoned Kishore Kumar, the singer far behind Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and Talat Mahmood.  But today I have a more generous view of him.  The man who started in 1948 in the KL Saigal mould under the baton of Khemchand Prakash with Marne ki duayen kyun maangun (Ziddi) and Jagmag karta nikla (Rimjhim) carried on for twenty years trailing behind Rafi, Mukesh etc, when suddenly post-Aradhana he zoomed off like a rocket redefining playback singing as the voice of Rajesh Khanna and later, Amitabh Bachchan and everyone else, leaving the great singers far behind.  But singing was only one part of his multifarious talents.  He was an actor, writer, producer, director and composer.  It is the mad, crazy, wild and funny Kishore Kumar singing for himself on the screen that I absolutely adore.  Here are some of my favourites as my tribute to him on his death anniversary October 13.

1. Des chhudaye bhes chhudaye from Chacha Zindabad (1959), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Madan Mohan

In one of his most logic-defying acts, Kishore Kumar starts off as a serious classical singer with tanpura and all, then leaves the tanpura on the floor, letting it stand upright without support, which after a little wobbling stabilises. KK goes to sleep, soon peeps out of the sheet, starts singing to Anita Guha in Kabir’s doha style, grows into qawwali, then seeing his father give him a tough look, slinks away singing bhajan, switches to a medieval lancer, followed by a circus clown and finally for no apparent reason, to an oversized child singing Jack and Jill.

2. Gege gege geli zara Timbaktoo from Jhumroo (1961), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar’s first film as music director, and what talent he displays! We are aware of his soulful and melancholy song Koi humdum na raha, most romantic song Thandi hawa ye chandni suhani and Matwale hum matwale tum, and the greatest yodelling Main hun jhum jhum jhumrooeach a masterpiece from this film. Then you have this absolutely mad song where he comes in exaggerated make up as an African chieftain, with equally over the top dancing.

3. Aa ke seedhi lagi jaise dil pe katariya from Half Ticket (1962), lyrics Shailendra, music Salil Choudhary

If one Kishore Kumar can be such a laugh riot, what happens if there are two Kishore Kumars – one singing in female voice. Salil Choudhry meant it to be a Kishore Kumar – Lata Mangeshkar duet. For some reason Lata Mangeshkar could not turn up. Salil Choudhry wanted to cancel the recording, but KK persuaded him to let him sing in the female voice as well. The result was too good and thus the Kishore Kumar – Kishore Kumar duet stayed on. The female voice singing for Kishore Kumar in drag and the male Kishore Kumar singing for a bewildered Pran is one of the most delightful comic acts of Kishore Kumar.

4. Gana na aya bajana na aya from Miss Mary (1957), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Hemant Kumar

A wonderful combination of Kishore Kumar’s singing and comic talent. From where does O my Sita, Babloo papita come? Then for no reason he starts singing Three blind mice. With Kishore Kumar you do not look for logic. You do not associate Hemant Kumar with this kind of music, but KK’s enthusiasm can be infectious.

5. Hum to mohabbat karega from Dilli Ka Thug (1958), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Ravi

You do not come across a more resolute and fearless declaration of intent – come what may, I would go on loving you. Nutan is not amused. When she tells him off meri jooti (My foot!), he picks up her jooti and declares he would polish it, but love her he would. In the end when she asks him to go and drown himself, he takes a dive, but soon emerges and declares triumphantly – he would not drown, but swim out and love her he would, come what may. You cannot beat Kishore Kumar.

6. Main machhera Premnagar ka from Naughty Boy (1962), lyrics Shailendra, music SD Burman

Kishore Kumar was the quintessential naughty boy. Kalpana is angry with him because when she faked her death to test his love, after six months of ritual mourning – offering flowers at her portrait etc – he was back to his wild ways of singing, dancing, girls and partying. Therefore, now she dares him to a difficult challenge – go to the office dressed as a fisherman and she would come to watch the proceedings. After initial hesitation, once he agrees, he gets into the skin of a fish seller with full gusto. Singing Main machhera Premnagar ka he saunters into the office to the amusement of his colleagues and consternation of his boss, who threatens to sack him. He instead writes resignation letter, which is actually a note explaining to his boss that he had to do this for the love of a girl. The whole world loves a lover, especially if he is as mad as Kishore Kumar – the boss indulgently lets him be. You would notice he has chosen to mimic Subir Sen’s Main rangeela pyar ka rahi and in the end he breaks into Maine machhua ke bhes dhara mimicking the traditional thumri Maine lakho ke bol sahe.

7. Chana jor garam babu main laya majedaar from Naya Andaz (1956), lyrics Jaan Nisar Akhtar, music OP Nayyar

Kishore Kumar selling peanuts, competing with Meena Kumari (lip-synching Shamshad Begum) selling chana jor garam, is a visual and musical delight. Seeing such exuberant Meena Kumari with Kishore Kumar makes me feel it was a tragedy that film makers made her into an epitome of a crying and sacrificing Indian woman. As most readers would be aware, this song is based on a song with same mukhda from KK’s elder brother Ashok Kumar’s film Bandhan (1940).

8. Ek roz hamari bhi daal galegi from Bandi (1957), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Hemant Kumar

Now Kishore Kumar is a cook, struggling with his chulha and trying to cook daal. He consoles himself his day would also come Panchhi kahe hot udaas, but see how he turns KL Saigal’s classic on its head, and then starts singing and dancing. He has some fascination with his elder brother, because the songs mentions his Bhaiya is MA BA pass. In an interesting turn he starts singing Main ban ke sahib git git English bolun re mimicking Ashok Kumar – Devika Rani’s iconinc song Main ban ki chidiya ban ke ban ban bolun re from Achhut Kanya (1936).

9. Paamch rupaiya barah aana from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1956), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music SD Burman

Kishore Kumar has to recover five rupees and twelve annas which Madhubala owes for getting her car repaired in his garage. But he also uses this opportunity to profess his love for which he can sing dadra. And now he chooses SD Burman’s classic Dheere se jana bagiyan mein to give it a comic twist. Why should SD Burman allow his song to be spoofed so? Looking at Kishore Kumar’s endearing madness I am sure SD Burman would have fallen in love with the outcome. (If you compare Dev Anand’s mimicking Dheere se jana khatiyan mein in Chhupa Rustam, you see the vast difference). Kishore Kumar is not done yet. In the end he declares he can become a jogi for her love – and now he chooses KC Dey’s iconic Teri gathri mein laga chor to turn on its head. One can almost imagine KC Dey smiling indulgently at this mad boy whose irreverent rendering of his classic is his own way of showing deep respect. The comic element in this film arose out of the stern elder brother Ashok Kumar’s ban of women entering anywhere near his premises.

10. Ek chatur Naar from Padosan (1968), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music RD Burman

By 1968, Kishore Kumar has graduated into a love guru. But his task is now immensely more difficult. He has to help his protégé, the village idiot Bhola (Sunil Dutt) wean away the next window neighbour Bindu (Saira Bano), to whom he has got infatuated, from the influence of Mehmood. The only reason why she should have any tolerance for the clownish Mehmood is his music capability which has helped him get into her proximity as her music and dance teacher. Teaching music to the tone deaf Bhola was impossible, so the Guru KK sets up this duel with Mehmood, with Bhola lip-synching while KK and his team sing in playback mode.  Padosan was a Mehmood film, but an understated, cerebral Kishore Kumar holds his own against over-the-top mannerisms and slapstick of Mehmood.

A very interesting trivia – this song also has Ashok Kumar’s connection. Just hear this lovely Ashok Kumar original song from Jhoola (1941), on which this song is based:

Ek chtur nar kar kar singar

Talking of Ashok Kumar connection to several Kishore Kumar’s songs I cannot help mentioning Koi humdum na raha which is also based on Ashok Kumar original from Jeevan Naiya (1936). Though a slight digression from this post’s theme, listen to this song which is of great historical interest.


In all these mimicries of classic songs I am giving credit to Kishore Kumar, and I am doing it deliberately.  I read somewhere most of Kishore Kumar’s comic acts were not scripted, but created by him on the spur of the moment.  I believe most of the whacky, but extremely endearing renderings of these songs must have been Kishore Kumar’s own creation and composers, aware of his genius would have gone along with him.   I have no hesitation in considering him as the most brilliant and creative mad, comic genius.

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1 Subodh Agrawal October 15, 2011 at 12:19 am

Great list. I would like to add Ham the woh thi aur saman rangin from Chalti ka naam gaadi, Main hoon jhum jhum jhum jhum jhumroo from Jhumroo and Meri bholi Bindu from Padosan. I also recall seeing a song from a movie during black and white Doordarshan days where Kishore and his female interest are competing push cart salerpersons on the street – the girl selling ‘ganerian’ while Kishore is selling jalebian. I think the opening line is ‘Choopo raja thandi te sard ganerian’ – with a strong Punjabi touch. I have not been able to locate this song on the internet.

2 dustedoff October 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Delightful post – and there were a couple of songs I’d not heard before, so it was fun discovering them! Ultimately, though, I think my favourite ‘funny Kishore’ song is Paanch rupaiyya baarah aana – I just love that one. His singing and acting, especially that Laila-Majnu verse, is out of this world! A class apart. 🙂

3 Arunkumar Deshmukh October 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

AK ji,
Kishore kumar was my favourite singer-actor.He was more famous as a singer than actor,hence singer-actor.
However,if one makes a division of KK’s career as Pre-Aradhana and Post-Aradhana periods,then I am his fan of Pre-Aradhana era,though he became more famous post Aradhana,which,in my opinion,was an injustice to his capabilities.
People in my age bracket-70 plus-still remember his melodious and haunting songs of 50s and 60s.Add to this his antics in the film roles that he did and you have a complete package of joy and enjoyment,in his songs as well.
His first film Shikari-46 and first song in Ziddi-48,gave an unmistakable hint of the arrival of a Genius,which was later proved right slowly and steadily.His earlier film roles and songs popular till date and are viewed and listened over and again,is a tribute to him.
I like all his hummable,sweet songs in older films like,Naukari,Barish,Naughty boy,Kafila,Fareb,jaal,Bahar,Asha,New Delhi,Mr.X in Bombay.paying Guest,Munimji,Shararat,Bhai Bhai,Ladki,Pariwar,Adhikar,Muqaddar,Jhumru,Naya Andaz,Funtoosh,Ragini,Baap re Baap,Begunah,CKNGaadi,Dilli ka thug,Padosan etc etc.His song from Pahli Tareekh has been made evergreen by Radio Ceylon.
KK,as per one record has sung 2648 songs,out of which only 30% are before Aradhana.One can imagine the deluge of songs he poured after Aradhana.
In my mind KK’s image is jumping singing carefree cleanhearted singer who left for us a treasure of songs to listen and say, ” And then there was Kishore Kumar ! ”
-Arunkumar Deshmukh
Trivias- Kishore kumar was given playback by Mohd Rafi in 6 songs and Asha Bhosle ( ! ) in 1 song-in Baap re Baap.
-Arunkumar Deshmukh

4 AK October 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

@Subodh Agrawal
All the three songs you have mentioned are my great favourites. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi presents difficult choice. Hum the wo the aur saman rangeen is a fabulous song, but I chose Paanch rupaiya barah ana because it had three great comic spoofs by Kishore Kumar in the interludes. Main hun jhumroo is top of the recall from Jhumroo, but in this song you hardly see Kishore Kumar, you just see the train. Therefore, I chose another song from this film, which is completely whacky. Meri pyari Bindu is again a fabulous song, and has more of Kishore Kumar. But the duel in Ek chatur nar and its connection with Ashok Kumar original was too good to be missed.

The song you are looking for is already there in the post. That is number 7, Chana jor garam. If you listen to the entire song carefully you would find Kishore Kumar selling jalebiyan and Meena Kumari selling ganeriya. More importantly, the last part of this song has a fabulous Punjabi folk based song in Shamshad Begum’s voice on Meena Kumari Saiyan raja la do gale ka mohe haar re. As I mentinoned, once you see this whacky Meena Kumari, dancing with abandon, you feel sad that she was reduced to a suffering and crying woman in our fims.

5 AK October 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm

In fact, I find all the three spoofs by Kishore Kumar in Panch rupaiya barah ana interludes out of this world. Talking about his Laila-Majnu act, interestingly even Hum to mohabbat karega has a brief Lila Majnu act. When Nutan says Wah re Majnu, he responds Laila laila karega, thadi aahen bharega.

6 AK October 15, 2011 at 11:48 pm

@Arunkumar Deshmukh
Thanks for all the wonderful inforamtion. I am entirely with you as regards Kishore Kumar, the singer. He became a rage post-Aradhana, but my favourites are his older songs, and from your list of films I can see our favourites would overlap.

7 Subodh Agrawal October 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

Thanks for helping me find this song. In future I will make it a point to play all songs on your blog till the end before writing a comment!

I agree entirely with your choice of songs and your observations on the ones I mentioned. The songs you have chosen fit much better with the theme of your post. What I like most about ‘Ham thi wo thi’ however, is the acting of Anup Kumar – the least well known of the three brothers by a mile and half. His acting of a man who is tempted by girls but is too scared of the elder brother to defy his ban on girls is a strong point of the film, and shows off best in this song when he wails ‘Mannu tera hua ab mera kya hoga’ – in SD Burman’s voice!

8 AK October 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Subodh Agrawal
Mannu tera hua ab mera kya hoga was in SD Burman’s voice? I did not know this. This is wonderful piece of trivia. (What is your source by the way?)

9 Arpit Awasthi March 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

Kishore with lata Mangeshkar was amazing

10 Swapnil July 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

A nice and classical collection of my fafourite songs.

11 Hira December 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Yes We Can make this world a better place
Let us avoid negative, arrogant and noisy people
Let us unite, positive, modest and wise people
Let us help as much as we can all those in need
May there be freedom for men, women, children and animals
May there be a fair share of knowledge and welfare
May we respect all those who are different from us
May we all refuse to send our children to silly wars
May we quietly, non-violently and wisely act
May we open our hearts, spread and be guided by love
May we succeed to keep our dignity in all circumstances
May we stop producing stuff that affects our health
May we learn how to cure diseases and relieve the pain
May we demand and elect governments based on this values

12 ASHOK M VAISHNAV February 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

Here is one song I would rate very high in the genre of comic songs:

Meri Pyari Bindu – Padosan – R D Burman –

The beauty of the song is that the song is standout sans video.

13 mohan iyer April 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Kishoreda was a singer par excellence. He was extremely talented, although he never learnt classical music. Yet he excelled in all forms of film making, but as a Singer, he was and still a legend. Hats off to Kishoreda, the genius.

14 AJIT SINGH August 22, 2013 at 2:46 am

Kishor was really very very talented and charismatic and multifarious personality. That was his speciality and also obstacle in his way to more fame. Like if he would have unifiedly focused on his acting then no wonder he could tough the fame as got by Amitabh bachan and Rajesh Khanna. And similarly if he would have just made singing his carrier then may be he could be as great as Rafi and Lata.
But Still Kishor is not far behind from indias top entertainment legends. And i gaurantee that kishor songs will be more popular with passage of time and more favourite

15 rangoli October 2, 2013 at 12:11 am

there is this hilarious song from ladka ladki” suniye suniye aajkal ki ladkiyon ka program” which absolutely fits in.

16 AK October 2, 2013 at 9:38 am


17 Swapnil October 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I regard Kishore Kumar as my Guru. He is God to me . He is second to none. He is so a great singer that my language fails to tell anything about him. i am unlucky that I could not see him.

18 Rajeswari April 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

Gosh I have realised the worthiness of kishore da only now and repenting for the days gone by. Amazing post. Tanx a million ton ‘ cos i ‘ve got a few more hits to dwnload

19 AK April 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thanks a lot for your appreciation and welcome to SoY.

20 HM April 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

There is one song by Kishore Kumar, picturized on Dev Anand. I am not able to recollect the title of the song. It was in Black & White and some of the lyrics I remember are
“wah re upar wale,
wah wah aha aha,
tere khel nirale,
wah wah aha aha,
buro (or something) k muh mein shakkar,
bhalo k muh sar kaale”

It was a comical song, could you help me with the title of the song.

21 AK April 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Hindi Film Geet Kosh mentios one song with similar lyrics, Wah re uparwale…tere khel hain niraale, from the film Mummy Daddy (1963), lyrics Prem Dhavan, music Chitragupta. But it is sung by Mukesh; there was no Dev Anand in the movie. It had Amita and Sudesh Kumar. It seems its YT link has been removed by the uploader.

Since your memory is so specific, it is possible there may be another song as you are describing. But I could not find it so far.

22 HM April 21, 2014 at 12:01 am

Thanks AK for your effort. While searching I too came up with this song by Mukesh, it’s not the one I was looking for. Will search for it and post the link when I find it. It does need mention when we are talking about Kishore Kumar and his comical and crazy songs.

23 Canasya April 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

Listen to this from 5:00 onward.

24 AK April 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

Kya baat hai! Hats off to you, Canasya.

Now you have your answer. SoY forum has some amazing people!

25 HM April 21, 2014 at 10:32 am

Yes there are!!
Thank you so much Canasya and AK, this was the song I was looking for.

26 Ijaz July 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Some 25-30 years in my childhood (the song is even much more older), I listened a song (most probably by Kishore Kumar). The song was a comedy type and I remember the last few lyrics only. Can any body point to the actual song ?

mainoon mar dey goli
khel phir khoon de holi

dekh kia rahi haseena
ke mera khula hai seena

ke tu ne mera sub kuch cheena
ab kis kaam ka jeena

tu mujh ko mar de piyare
dekhen ge din mein taray

ke chodah saal ke ho gi
aur chaki peeso gi

aray mar, aray mar
aray mar mar mar mar

مینوں مار دے گولی
کھیل پھر خون دی ھولی

دیکھ کیا رھی حسینہ
کہ میرا کھلا ہے سینہ

کہ تو نے میرا سب کچھ چھینا
کہ اب کسی کام کا جینا

تو مجھ کو مار دے پیارے
دکھیں گے دن میں تارے

کہ چودان سال کی ھو گی
اور چکی پیسو گی

ارے مار ارے مار
ارے مار مار مار مار

27 AK July 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

No clue at all, do not remember to have heard this song.

28 aritra November 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm

KK is god of singing.It is a pity that he is compared with any other singer,male or female.He is lightyears ahead of any of his contemporaries.All other great singers were immensely talented,but he was an exponent of the word GENIUS.You should understand the difference between talent and genius.

29 Abhijeet March 11, 2015 at 11:53 am

The song from Bandi is hilarious. Kishore is my all time favorite. He is the only singer whose name I wanted to know after listening to him first during my childhood because of the magical texture of his voice. He is evergreen & versatile singer of all times.

30 ksbhatia March 11, 2015 at 11:22 pm

AK and Arunkumar deshmukh ‘ji[s]; Here are two songs of fav of we family of 70 + bracket …….. 1.’ Chahe koi khush ho chahe gaaliyan hazar dein ‘ by Kishore , Johnny walker and chorus from Taxi Driver and 2. all time fav of Kishore’s International song in Italian, spanish & african mix….’ Deene wala jab bhi deta ‘ from Funtoosh . To us SDB and Kishore team were really unbeatable on such songs . There is one more song with African touch …’ Meri lottery lag jaane wali hai’ from Holi ayee re . If some one please load these songs for others to enjoy .

31 ksbhatia March 11, 2015 at 11:38 pm

As brought out elsewhere also ; same ‘ No sense ‘ lyrics appears at 2.18 to 2.24 of Padosan song and 1.18 to 1.22 of Half ticket song . This may be kishore’s own adjustment/ fit ins / contribution to SDB and Salilda’s tunes.

32 suresh patel from ahmedabad March 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm

in my experience and history there is no any one singer near far kishorkumar for my this opinion turn on any chanel of fm radio and listen there are 90% songs olny of kishorkumars and this is seem that after death of 27 years of dada he is at recent living in todays world by popularity in peoples heart which are knowllageble of real music l am thankfull to yoy

33 mumbaikar8 March 22, 2015 at 6:28 am

I was on and off for some time, did not see your request earlier.
Here it is.

34 ksbhatia March 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Mumbaiker8; Thanks for the uploads. I think there are a few more songs where Johnny Walker has accompanied main singer . It will be worth finding such songs .

35 Rangeen sharma June 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

The 6th video doesn’t open.Please provide another link if you can

36 AK June 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Rangeen Sharma,
Welcome to Songs of Yore. I could not find an alternate link. It is difficult to play Tom and Jerry with YT. They have removed some more links. Every time you visit an old post you would find some videos taken off. It is surprising whose copyright is affected by posting a very old and unknown song by some music lover. Strange people!

37 D P Rangan September 14, 2015 at 4:55 am

Stumbled upon this site by accident like many others just ten days ago sitting here in Houston, Texas. An act of serendipity. My tapas before God to gain access to such old treasures and gems has been answered and I am at it for at least 4 hours a day. Starting with your first posting I have come upto this stage and will pursue further and reach 2015. Even in my dreams I could not have hoped for such a galaxy of songs. My profound thanks to the creator of the site UTube which alone made this possible. I have seen most of these movies during my service days in Delhi till 1970. Kishore Kumar with his yeodlings is a unique actor, once a generation type and I do not think there will be any substitute for him in the foreseeable future. By the way I find that the picture Padosan is a copy of the Telugu/Tamil picture – Adutta Veettu Penn starring MG Ramachandran and Anjali Devi, produced by her husband Adi Narayana Rao. It was screened sometime in 1958. It had excellent songs. But Padosan is better than the original.

38 SSW September 14, 2015 at 4:18 pm

The original Padosan was made in Bengali in 1951. It was called “Paasher Badi”.

39 Sudeep Mukerjee November 30, 2015 at 12:41 am

Excellent rare collection of comdey songs. In the song from chalti ka naam gadi – Hum they Woh they aur samaa rangeen – Tera hua ab mera kya hoga has been sung by Anoop Kumar the second of the Kishore Kumar brothers and not by S.D. Burman, I am based at Ahmedabad and love to perform on stage Kishore da songs but still some songs I heard here for the very first time Like Gana na aaya bajaya na aaya, Koi humdum original version by ashok kumar is rarest one and also ek chatur naar. REQUEST U TO PLEASE POST THE SONG= BHAM CHIKI CHIKI CHAM CHIKI CHIKI

40 AK November 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Sudeep Mukerjee,
Welcome to SoY and tanks a lot for your appreciation. You are looking for this song:

Or its Hindi version composed by RD Burman. Thanks for mentioning this song. One of the most mad, crazy songs.

41 Gaby December 3, 2015 at 3:42 am

The incredible album of Chacha Zindabad has this song, ” Bach gaye, hum dono phaste phaste” where Lata Mangeshkar’s classical melisma is a great foil to Kishore Kumar’s madcap genius.

42 AK December 3, 2015 at 6:21 am

This is incredible. The dances too match the respective voices. Too good. Thanks for posting the song.

43 Neha Pawar December 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I’m 22. My generation listens to honey singh. And all those people.
But I always have and always will listen to kishore kumar.. His voice is like made for singing.The yodeling, the emotions behind his songs are impenetrable. I’ve been reading about him almost everyday and listening to all his songs. And I can’t get enough of him. The “tum bin jaun kahan”,”kuch toh log kahenge”,”meet na mila re mann ka” are my favorite songs. I wish he was still alive to see his legacy get passed on to so many generations. Thank you AK for writing this piece.

44 AK December 11, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Welcome to SoY. We need more youngsters like you on SoY. I am happy you enjoyed it.

45 vikas May 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

to H M, the song is/ dene wala jab bhi deta deta chapper phad ke deta. from film fantoosh. picturies on devsaab. M D, S D Burman.

46 Ijaz June 29, 2016 at 10:21 am


I have finally found the song I was looking for (at #26).

It was from Kishore Kumar back in 80’s

“Marne se nahin darte hain kabhi jo pyar kia karte hain”

47 Arunkumar Deshmukh June 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

@HM 20 and AK @ 21

These words are from song of Funtoosh-56, “denewala jabh hi deta, poora chhappar phaad ke detaa””
I just chanced upon this comment, hence correction.


48 Yatindra Tawde August 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Excellent choice. How can I share this beautiful blog

49 AK August 4, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Mr Tawade,
Welcome to SoY and thanks a lot for your appreciation. If you are seeing this blog on mobile, top right corner has three dots. If you click that, you get a drop down menu in which there are various link options with email, WhatsApp etc. Otherwise, you can always copy the URL and send it by mail. Or just ask the person to Google “Songs of Yore”. This blog shows at the top of the search.

50 Sriram February 10, 2017 at 3:49 am

Great article.

Babu aana sunte jaana from Jhumroo and sa sa sa sa re from the film Naughty boy are some more examples of his comic songs

51 AK February 10, 2017 at 9:17 am

Welcome to SoY and thanks a lot for your appreciation. Both these songs are indeed excellent.

52 Girish July 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

one more whacky one! his obsession with income tax comes through at the end

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