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Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar

  • Birth Date: 03 Jul 1952
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Artist Information

Amit Kumar's name needs no introduction. Amit comes from a family with a rich musical and acting background. He is the elder son of the late the legendary all rounder (composer, singer, lyricist, film maker, writer, actor) Kishore Kumar and his mother Ruma Guha, a top Bengali actress. His uncle Ashok Kumar, came to Bombay in the 1930s to pursue an acting career in the silent movies and the early talkies. His other uncle, late Anup Kumar was an actor too.

Amit has done concerts in every part of the world singing his own hits along with hits of his father. Not just in the Hindi film industry, but even in the Bengali film industry. Amit Kumar is a name to reckon with. He has gigantic hits to his credit. His non-filmi albums like 'Mad' have shown that he is an ace composer and an innovative singer just like his father. Truely, a chip of the old block!

A child prodigy, he was singing and acting in his father's films while kids his age were still sucking thumbs! He cut his teeth watching the antics of his hugely successful comedian father, the one and only Kishore Kumar. Acting in his father's films and singing along with him on stage, has given Amit a confidence found in few of his peers. Though he did not train in classical (like his dad) music, he did his riyaaz in the form of singing practice, mainly of his father’s songs. For the last ten years, he has been grooming under Pandit. Satyanarayan Sharma.

He sang his first Hindi song in his father Kishore Kumar's "Door Ka Rahi" in 1971 and his first Bengali song in 1972 with the music directed by Kishore Kumar. But his first major adult song (he was 11 when Door Ka Rahi was recorded in 1965) was R. D. Burman’s ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hain’ (Balika Badhu). His first releases were Aandhi, Mounto, Zindagi Aur Toofan and Anokha in 1975. He had a stint as a child star in "Door Gagan Ki Chaon Mein" as a mute boy acting along side dad Kishore Kumar in this 1964 off-beat movie.

It was in 1975, that these songs were realeased including the ‘qawwali’ with Mohammad Rafi and Bhupendra, ‘Salaam Kijiye Aali Janaab Aaye Hain’ (Aandhi/R. D. Burman, four songs in Jai Kumar Parte’s flop film for Vijay Anand, Jaan Haazir Hai (of which ‘Arey Meri Chammak Challo’ and ‘Hum Na Rahenge proved popular) and some insignificant songs in Kalyanji - Anandji’s Mounto and Anokha and Laxmikant - Pyarelal’s Zindagi Aur Toofan.

In the 70’s, Amit’s progress was very slow as the great singers were all going strong. Yet, he did to sing in films like Laxmikant - Pyarelal’s Aap Beeti, Parvarish and Prem Vivah, Kalyanji - Anandji’s Ganga Ki Saugandh, R. D. Burman’s Kasma Vaade, Gol Maal and Salaam Memsaab, Ravindra Jain’s Deewange, Rajesh Roshan’s Khatta Meetha, Des Pardes, Ek Hi Raasta, Duniya Meri Jeb Main and Baton Baton Mein among others. The popular songs included ‘Aji Suniye Zaraa Rukiye’ (Parvarish), ‘Aati Rahengi Baharen’ (Kasme Vaade), ‘Nazar Lage Na Sathiyon’ (Des Pardes, ‘Dekh Mausam Keh Raha Hai’ (Duniya Meri Jeb Main) and ‘Uthe Sab Ke Kadam’ ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch’ (Baton Baton Mein).

He began the eighties on a high note with his Qurbani chart - topper, ‘Laila O Laila’ and the Hum Paanch LP duet, ‘Kaa Janu Main Sajaniya’. And in that year, he got his major breakthrough - Love Story, with super - hit numbers like ‘Yaad Aa Rahi Hai’ and ‘Dekho Maine Dekha Hai’. He also won the FilmFare award for these songs. Having developed a style distinct from his father’s, yet with a degree of similarity, Amit Kumar continued to get hit numbers in the 80’s - his busiest decade as a singer. The major hits included ‘Jaaneman Jaan - e - Jigar’ (Ghazab), ‘Dushman Na Kare’ (Akhir Kyon?), ‘Yeh Zameen Ga Rahi Hai’ (Teri Kasam), ‘Main Hoon Haseena’ (Poonam), and very soon Amit Kumar entered the top league of singers, with Rafi and Mukesh no longer around, and Mahendra Kapoor and Manna Dey on a decline.

With Rafi and Mukesh no longer around, and Mahendra Kapoor and Manna Dey on a decline. R. D. Burman gave him major songs, albeit less successful than Love Story, like Romance, Teri Kasam, Lovers and Jawaani (‘Tu Rootha To Main Ro Doonga Sanam'). Amit sang under a vast array of composers like Usha Khanna, Shankar (Jaikishan), Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Bappi Lahiri, Anand - Milind and others. Various stars for whom he had given voice includes Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Randhir, Rishi and Rajeev Kapoor, Kumar Gaurav, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar, Vinod Mehra, Govinda, Jackie Shroff and of course Amitabh Bachchan in these two decades.

After his father’s death in 1987, some music directors did try to give him Kishore - esque songs, but Amit did not want to end up as his father’s clone. Amit ended the decade in a blaze of glory with two chart - topping hits, Tezaab (‘Ek Do Teen’) and ‘Keh Do Ki Tum Ho Meri’) and Tridev (‘Tirchi Topiwale’).

In the 90’s, he had hit songs in Ghayal, Hum, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Khel, Vishwatma, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Gurudev, Indrajeet, Judaai and other films, but now he barely gets a few songs every year and no solos. His latest songs have been for Dillagi, Hum Tumpe Marte Hain and Beti No.1. He mainly does shows and Bengali albums, and none of his Hindi albums - including the brilliant Mad, which he sang and composed - proved hits.

He obviously decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Kishore wanted Amit to be a singer, which is why Amit came to Mumbai at 18, and his father introduced him at a special show called Daddy Kishore Son Amit. He soon hit it big with "Ek Do Teen" from Tezaab in 1988. He had subsequent hits like "Oye Oye" from Tridev in 1989 and others until 1991 when he began to fade away resulting in an invasion of the music world by Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and later, by Abhijeet. After a brief hiatus, Amit returned to singing with albums like "MAD" and "Dam Dama Dam" with crazy songs which are his trademark.

Most Popular songs sung by Amit Kumar
   
Bole Chudiya Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Play Add to current playlist
Tum Ko Hum Dilbar Tezaab Play Add to current playlist
Aadhi Raat Ko Parampara Play Add to current playlist
Kya Hua Ik Baat Teri Kasam Play Add to current playlist
Dilrubaon Ke Jalwe Tobba Dulha Mil Gaya Play Add to current playlist
Dushman Na Kare Dost Ne Wo Kaam Kiya Hai Aakhir Kyon? Play Add to current playlist
Hum Tum Se Mohabat Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin Play Add to current playlist
Dilrubaon Ke Jalwe (remix) Dulha Mil Gaya Play Add to current playlist
Yaad Aa Rahi Hai Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Hamein Tumse Pyar Kitna Jhankaar Beats Play Add to current playlist
Puchho Na Kaisa Maza Awwal Number Play Add to current playlist
Naam Hai Mera Fonseca Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar Play Add to current playlist
Chum Chum Chum Haath Mera Awwal Number Play Add to current playlist
Laakho Mein Aankhoen Mein Awwal Number Play Add to current playlist
Ye Hai Cricket Awwal Number Play Add to current playlist
Jeena Nahi Tezaab Play Add to current playlist
Kaisa Tera Pyar Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Yeh Zameen Ga Rahi Hai Teri Kasam Play Add to current playlist
Aati Rahengi Baharen Kasme Vaade Play Add to current playlist
Nazar Lage Na Sathiyon Des Pardes Play Add to current playlist
Dil Dil Ka Yeh Kaam Hai Raju Chacha Play Add to current playlist
Aji Thahro Zara Dekho Parvarish Play Add to current playlist
Keh Do Ke Tum (from Tezaab) The Slumdog Effect Play Add to current playlist
Ek Din Sapne Mein Dekha Sapna Golmaal Play Add to current playlist
Mere Pyar Ka Ras Zara Chakhna Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Play Add to current playlist
Dil Ki Baat Teri Kasam Play Add to current playlist
Hum Jis Raaste Pe Teri Kasam Play Add to current playlist
Tirchi Topiwale (part-1) Tridev Play Add to current playlist
Kahin Se Aayi Rani Raju Chacha Play Add to current playlist
Ja Jaldi Bhaag Ja Desh Premee Play Add to current playlist
Kaisa Lagta Hai Baaghi Play Add to current playlist
Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Ye Ladki Zarasi Deewani Lagti Hai Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Na Jane Kahan Se Chaalbaaz Play Add to current playlist
Roll Roll Khatta Meetha Play Add to current playlist
Pyar Karegi Na Re Baba Na Love Birds Play Add to current playlist
Ek Do Teen Char-ii Tezaab Play Add to current playlist
Prem Se Humko Jeene Do Do Aur Do Paanch Play Add to current playlist
Uthe Sabke Kadam Dekho Ram Pam Pam Baton Baton Mein Play Add to current playlist
Teri Yaad Aa Rahi Hai (male) Love Story Play Add to current playlist
Dil Le Gayi Teri Bindiya-i Vishwatma Play Add to current playlist
Pyare Tere Pyar Mein Lut Gaye Hum Nastik Play Add to current playlist
Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuchh Kaha Baton Baton Mein Play Add to current playlist
Mere Geeton Mein Teri Kasam Play Add to current playlist
Jao Tum Chahe Jahan (male) Narsimha Play Add to current playlist
Dosto Kya Kahen Ham Tumse Do Khiladi Play Add to current playlist
Ik Chand Ko Hum Bhi Dekhenge Yaadon Ke Mausam Play Add to current playlist
Oaa Oaa Tridev Play Add to current playlist
Kaisa Lagta Hai (sad) Baaghi Play Add to current playlist
Tu Saat Kamron Mein Band Padi Do Khiladi Play Add to current playlist
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