Why did Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ban Kishore Kumar’s songs at that time?

Kishore Kumar: Singer, actor and multitalented artist Kishore Kumar, who is known as a divine avatar for the lovers of golden era Bollywood songs, was born on this day. Do you know what was the real name of Kishore Kumar, the greatest singer of the century who experimented in Bollywood songs and took a big challenge against the then Prime Minister of the country, Indira Gandhi. Today on his birthday let us know about some such cases connected with his life.

When the third and youngest child was born to a Bengali family in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh on 4 August 1929 to Kunji Lal Ganguly, an advocate, he was named Abhas Kumar Ganguly. The same aura went on to be recognized by the name of the great singer Kishore Kumar in the Indian cinema industries.

Career start of Kishore Kumar

In the year 1969, Kishore Kumar became the undisputed king of the music world in the film Aaradhana by producer director Shakti Samant. Romantic songs like ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu’ and ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ in the film made Kishore Kumar the king of people’s hearts. Kishore Kumar won his first Filmfare Award as a singer for Roop Tera Mastana.

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Why Indira Gandhi banned Kishore Kumar Songs

It is said that Kishore Kumar received a call from Indira Gandhi’s propaganda handler Vidya Charan Shukla. Calling up, he offered Kishore Kumar to give voice to songs composed for Indira Gandhi’s 20 Sutras of Emergency programme. Kishore Kumar asked what work he should sing for this song. Then the caller said that it is the order of Information and Broadcasting Minister VC Shukla. On hearing the order, Kishore Kumar got angry and said on the phone, ‘Chal Bhaag…’

After which Indira Gandhi banned Kishore Kumar’s songs. Not only this, the sale of gramophone records of Kishore Kumar’s songs was also banned.

It is worth mentioning that in the year 1987, Kishore Kumar decided that he would return to his village Khandwa after retiring from films. But time needed something else. He suffered an attack on October 13, 1987 and bid farewell to the world.

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