Deceptively deadpan. Kishore Kumar at his home in Mumbai in the 1980s
A meeting of musical magic: Kishore Kumar with RD Burman after a recording session
Talent to spare: Kumar with the iconic MD Rafi in Mumbai
Let's hit record: Kishore Kumar explaining the intricacies of a song to Geeta Dutt prior to a recording at a studio in Mumbai
With his second wife, the stunning Madhubala, in the film Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Much-married: Kumar with fourth wife Leela Chandavarkar and their older son Sumit. While his professional life saw unhindered success for years, his personal relationships were complex and troubled.
Dreams are made of these: Kumar with Lata Mangeshkar during the recording for the film Dream Girl
Usha Khanna, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Sawan Kumar
Maverick men: Kishore Kumar and Dev Anand in Mumbai
Hemant Kumar, Ila Bosu, director Hiren Nag, Kishore Kumar, Gouriprasannya Majumdar and music director Gopen Mallick in a mumbai studio prior to recording
KISHORE KUMAR WITH BHAGWAN DADA, MUMBAI
KISHORE KUMAR WITH AN OLD AND DILAPIDATED CHAPMPION CAR MODEL 1928, THE CAR USED IN CHALTI KA NAAM GADI.
KISHORE KUMAR DURING THE SHOOTING OF CHALTI KA NAMM GADI
Kishore Kumar: rare photos of the man behind the genius
Since you're reading this piece, there's a good chance you are already well-versed with who Kishore Kumar was. On the day he would've turned 86, we won't waste your time waxing eloquent about what you already know.
We have all seen his movies, we have laughed at his on-screen antics, we have tripped on his songs at every step of our lives and, in some cases, literally worshipped him as a God.
No, this is a treasure trove of a different kind for us Kishoreda fans. A look back at the man behind the entertainer, the face behind the comic expressions, the human behind the superhuman feats.
From recording sessions to the sets of the iconic Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi to a private moment with his fourth wife Leena and son Sumit, these photos capture the essence of Kishoreda the person.
And by the time you're done seeing them, we can guarantee that the smile on your face will be wider than his extraordinary vocal range.
Text by Shreyas Sharma.