singer Amit Kumar, Son of a legendary singer Kishore Kumar made his name in the movies singing popular songs like “Bade Achchhe Lagte Hain”, “Aati Rahengi Baharein”, “Keh Do Ke Tum Ho Meri Varna” but today’s audience mostly remembers Amit as the Man who preserved his late father’s legacy. But there was a time when Amit relieved his father.
1981 was a brilliant year for Amit Kumar as his songs for Kumar Gaurav’s Love Story were all hits. Featuring music by RD Burman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi, the album had hits such as Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Yeh Ek Sapna, Yeh Ladki Zara Si Deewani Lagti Hai, and Yaad Aa Rahi Hai, among others. This was the time when the Filmfare Awards were considered the top film awards in the country and Kishore Kumar had won many awards for Best Male Playback Singer. In fact, to date, Kishore Kumar is the singer with the most nominations in this category, with 28 nominations and holding the most wins – eight.
In 1982, nominations were Amit Kumar for Love Story’s “Yaad Aa Rahi Hai”, Jagjit Singh for Prem Geet’s “Hothon Se Chhoo Lo Tum”, SP Balasubrahmanyam for Ek Duuje Ke Liye’s “Tere Mere Beech Mein”, and Kishore Kumar for Kudrats’ Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna” and Yaarana’s “Choo Kar Mere Mann Ko”.
Amit recalled his father calling him to tell him he had won the award. Amit shared with Bollywood Hungama in 2020: “I remember when I was performing in Rajkot there was a show. Cell phones didn’t exist back then. My father called me from Mumbai. He said: “Congratulations, you’ve just won the Filmfare Award aur tune mujhe bhi hara diya (You won against me). I was so happy. But the biggest moment for me was when he handed me the award on stage. That was a great moment.”
Amit recalled receiving his trophy from Kishore Kumar and the entire audience gave them a standing ovation. “When my father presented me with the award, the whole auditorium stood up. I had tears in my eyes. And he just hugged me. We hugged for at least a full minute. Everyone clapped. That was the greatest, he gave me the prize,” he shared.
Amit had a successful career in the 1980s and has sung a few songs since, but the singer admits people like to associate him with his father, although he also has a lot of credit to his name.