Late Kumudlal Ganguly was born on October 13 over a century ago. He was Bollywood’s first lead actor who played an anti-hero. Can you guess who he is? Well, we’re talking about the legendary Ashok Kumar, fondly known as Dadamoni. Padma Bhushan Ashok Kumar made immense contribution to Indian cinema. Here’s presenting some of his songs that are etched in our hearts forever.
1. Aayega Aanewala (Mahal - 1949)
The moment you hear this song, you are reminded of the golden era of Indian film music. This is an unforgettable song with a haunting melody attached to it. Picturised on two legends – Ashok Kumar and Madhubala – this song is nothing less than a masterpiece. The beloved Lata Ji had lent her voice to it.
2. Rail Gaadi (Aashirwad - 1968)
Oh! What a fun song this is! It’s perhaps the first ever Indian rap. The genius Dadamoni had created ‘Rail Gaadi’ with all his heart. He’s the star behind the mic and in front of the camera. Hats off to his fantastic singing and energetic performance for making this song so iconic!
3. Piya Baawri (Khubsoorat - 1980)
The versatility of Dadamoni made ‘Piya Baawri’ an eternal song. Kudos to him for singing the bol of the table so well! It is a timeless composition by RD Burman. Both Ashok Kumar and Asha Bhosle have beautifully sung the track, showcasing their deep knowledge of classical music.
4. Ek Chatur Naar Kar Kar Singaar (Jhoola - 1941)
When you hear ‘Ek Chatur Naar’, you instantly remember Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey. However, not many people know that the original version of this song was sung by Ashok Kumar. His short song was picked up and made into a full-fledged song for Padosan in 1968. Yes, remake was also a thing then!
5. Saare Niyam Tod Do (Khubsoorat - 1980)
This song begins with a hearty smile of Ashok Kumar. And, when you watch it, you have a similar feeling throughout the song – you’re all smiles! A big shout out for RD Burman, Asha Bhosle, Gulzar and all the creative minds associated with this song. Thank you for spreading joy with the happy vibes of this track!