- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Viking (30 July 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067088264X
- ISBN-13: 978-0670882649
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Kishore Kumar: An Authorised Biography Hardcover – 30 Jul 1998
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Right at the beginning where Mr. Valicha writes about events surrounding KishoreDa's birth, in his futile attempts to paint a melodramatic picture, he mentions that 'right after his birth, his [KishoreDa's] dad took him in his hands and said, "You will be...Kishore."
I put down the book right there, skimmed through the rest of it non-chalantly before returning it to the library the next day. The writer who claims to be an authority on Indian films/personalities is so blisfully unaware of a widely known fact that KishoreDa's real name was Abhas Kumar Ganguly, a fact which didn't find any mention in the beginning chapters. 'Kishore' was his nickname. He came to Bombay with a dream of becoming a singer and changed his name to 'Kishore Kumar' when his elder bro Ashok Kumar (who was infact Kumud Ganguly and already a famous star) advised him to.
I fail to understand how can a so-called 'biography' miss out on something so fundamental, so crucial about the very person it's about? I don't think I had any reasons to trust the stuff that was to follow, had I read it.
Please skip this book and go for "Kishore Kumar - Method to Madness" by Derek Bose. It's much richer, informative and beautifully compiled than this 'biography'.
In spite of these deficiencies, I enjoyed sampling the book, for it gave me a taste of what the music industry was like back then. I guess people solely interested in Kishore Kumar will be disappointed in this book - otherwise, it's an okay read.
Written by Dr Kishore Valicha, the acclaimed scholar of Film Studies, `The Definite Biography' makes an ingenious attempt to paint a genius. Drawn on reliable sources, this well-written book is a hugely enjoyable read for Indian Cinema `virgins' and connoisseurs alike.
All mortal works possess deficiencies, but this book is almost an exception. In certain areas, it lacks the consistency that maybe a more chronological and fluent approach would have made. Also the absence of a list detailing Kishore Kumar's Awards, achievements and filmography, I feel is a big minus point. It's inclusion would have no doubt added to it's appeal. Overall, the good points easily outweigh the not so good. I highly recommend it.