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Kishore Kumar: Method in Madness

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  13 reviews
As is well known, Kishore Kumar was a man of many parts. He was a singer by choice, an actor by compulsion, a filmmaker by conviction...a writer, music composer, lyricist and above all, a supreme impresario. He was known to be a miser, a madman and a troublemaker who could never be trusted. And then, there are those who knew him well who insist that he was as sober as a mo ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published January 10th 2004 by Rupa Publications India
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Alok Mishra
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I wasn't grown up listening to Kishore da, I began listening to his songs once I knew old is gold and that's forever... This book explores other dimensions of his personality that are unknown to most of us. You can enjoy this book if you are interested in knowing more about this maverick singer who shaped the music in Hindi cinema... ...more
Ashish Iyer
What a genius he was.
Surabhi Sharma
Nicely written. The book is not as detailed as the life of the man of many ways who played many roles behind the camera. A short insight of his life from birth till death. It's good to know him. A notorious boy came to Mumbai to become a Singer instead become an Actor. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ignoring some Grammer mistakes, it is a very well written book about the legend.
Anujit Mitra
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
One of the most poorly edited book I have come across so far. At the same time this book is about a singer who made the life beautiful of so many, therefore, difficult to give up reading. One big star is for the innumerable snaps included in this short book. I hope the author / publisher cleans up the editing part and republishes, it will be a pity if not done.
Karthik Srikrishna
Kishore Kumar: Method in Madness offers a glimpse into the many hats that this great star would don in his life.
For a person born in the early 1980's, and grown up on Hindi film music, Kishore is a very familiar figure. However, many undiscovered facets of his life have come to light through this book.
The biggest takeaway is that formal learning is alright on its own strength, but sheer success comes through a mix of sheer genius, hard work and an incessant drive and will to excel in one's area
Nishant Bhagat
May 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
I read the Kindle version of this book. I must say I am terribly disappointed with this edition. It is rife with typos throughout. Took the joy out of reading about one of the most colourful characters of Indian Cinema.

Judging by the size of the book, I knew this was be a broad sweep of the great man's life. But after a promising start it feels like the author has just rushed through the rest of the book. That proved to be a dampener.

So if you want to read a detailed story of one of the greates
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a good experience to know about the enigmatic Kishoreda. What a personality! .

One of the stalwarts of the Indian film industry. The most versatile singer who could sing any song suiting any actor. Well researched book with nostalgic pictures.
Sunil Gwalani
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely read!

Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the greatest entertainer. The book.captures many moods of Kishore Kumar in a beautiful and succinct manner.
Shahid Jafri
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice book.

Very nice book giving insights into his multi faceted character. Must read for all the die hard fans of Kishore Kumar.
Atulit Singh
Too brief. Nuances have been left out.
sumeet swapnil
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing kishore

What an eccentric boon about an eccentric man. Glad I read it. One man but still so many things at once
Sundarraj Kaushik
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
There will be very few who will not like the songs of Kishore Kumar. Most know many of the every green songs with a dash of playfulness which were his trademark. No one in the industry has come up to him in the yodeling space. Only he can yodel as well as he does.

The book is a biography of his. How he left Mandwa (made famous by his elder brother Ashok Kumar or Dada moni as he was fondly called in the famous son 'Rail Gadi, Rail Gadi ...' and came to Mum
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