MUMBAI: Eighty-three years ago, on this day, the music genius Kishore Kumar Ganguly was born Abhas Kumar Ganguly in Khandwa (a town in Madhya Pradesh). He left behind a musical legacy comprising thousands of hit Bollywood songs. For his sons, Sumit and Amit Kumar, there was always the pressure of living up to their famous fatherâ€™s legacy. Yet, today, they are nowhere on the mainstream Bollywood scene.
Ask Sumit if thereâ€™s a sense of un-accomplishment, and he says, â€œDada (older brother) and I are donkeys! Babaâ€™s (dadâ€™s) legacy couldnâ€™t be carried ahead the way it should have been.â€ He adds, however, with an uncertain sense of optimism, â€œLifeâ€™s not over yet. Weâ€™ll take it forward. But right now, donâ€™t ask me how.â€ Last year, Ranbir Kapoor said that a biopic on the veteran would go on the floors sometime in 2012. Is that on track? â€œYes, it is,â€ says Sumit, recalling that the project was first announced in 2008.
â€œIt took people 21 years to even think of a biopic on my father. It should have come earlier. I think my father deserved more respect in the fraternity than he got. He is to Hindi cinema what Charlie Chaplin is to Hollywood.â€
Sumit, now 30, recorded his last Bollywood song in 2008 when he sang his fatherâ€™s chartbuster, â€˜Bachna ae haseenoâ€™, for the Ranbir-starrer of the same name. He recalls, â€œWhen I sang that song, I felt Baba was by my side in the recording studio. I was only five when he passed away, so I donâ€™t have many memories of him.â€ About the Kishore-frenzy that still exists, Sumit remembers when â€œone of his fans thought I was a remix artiste. He called up to tell my brother that some notorious boy had attempted a bad remix of Kishoredaâ€™s song.â€
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