Method in Madness

Method in Madness

A Story by Talal Hussain
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A story of a bengali boy who aspires to be the number one singer of the sub-continent but his journey isnt that simple,the biggest obstacle being his comparison to his elder brother.

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                            Method in Madness

 

 “Oh, Kishore is doing well but Ashok was a class apart.” These were the words that had started to haunt Kishore. He always wondered why he was compared to his elder brother Ashok. It was true that Ashok had accomplished a lot at a very young age and Kishore always had best wishes for his brother but Kishore wanted to make his own name, his own identity.


Kishore was born into the Bengali Ganguly family on 4th August,1929 in India. Kishore Abhas Kumar was the youngest of the four siblings, the other being Ashok, Sati devi and Anoop. Kishore’s father was a lawyer and was very close to Kishore. Unlike the conventional lawyers, Mr. Ganguly had a great sense of humor. The whole court, including the accused, would laugh at his spontaneous jokes. Perhaps this is from where Kishore got his great comedy sense. As a kid Kishore would wander around here and there, play in the streets with his sister and with his practical jokes,  would prove to be a source of nuisance for the whole society. But there also was a philosophical aspect of Kishore’s personality. Often he would spend hours besides the railway track and watch the train whistle by. He would bring an old cassette player along with him, which was gifted to him by his late grandmother, and would listen to K.L Saigal’s classical songs.



Kishore chasing the train is his childhood


 

 

 After graduating from college, Kishore’s elder brother Ashok moved to Bombay and made an entrance into the Indian film Industry. With his natural style of acting and charming looks, he soon became a prominent figure in the Indian cinema.  At that time there was a tradition that actors used to playback for themselves, so Ashok started singing and he was good at that too. Back at home in Bengal, Kishore felt very proud of his brother. He always had a dream to sing and to entertain people but whenever he tried, he was discouraged by the saying, “You sing well but not as good as Ashok.”


 Kishore was never a good student. He would barely pass his exams. He always said, “Teachers ask me questions that I don’t know so I give them answers that they don’t.”  Sensing the situation Ashok called his younger brother to Bombay and through his contacts, got him some movies. But Kishore never wanted to act, he always wanted to sing, as he considered acting to be fake and superficial. Singing came right from the core of the heart, it was rich and beautiful. He tried everything he could to escape from the film industry. He once came to the sets with his moustache and head half shaved and on questioning told that as he was paid half the advance he was supposed to be paid, so the director will get a Kishore Kumar half of what he was supposed to get. On one occasion when shooting in Bombay he had to park a car at a nearby stop, as the director said action Kishore drove the car and took it to his home town in Bengal only to return after two days. On questioning he told that the Director said action but he never said cut !! 


The biggest irony was that despite all his efforts, Kishore’s movies were doing great at the box office. Now like his elder brother Kishore himself was a star. Finally his dreams came true when he was given a chance to sing and playback for himself. Kishore did not disappoint. Kishore’s freestyle and flamboyant singing rocked the world but there was still an issue. Kishore was only getting comedy movies and his persona was that of a clown who could sing and dance a little. This image led to the downfall of Kishore. No one took him serious. Suddenly his movies started to go down the drain. People who used to be all around Kishore in his glory days where nowhere to be seen. Kishore was all alone, fighting a battle he had already lost.

 


Kishore in a pensive mood



 

Kishore was shocked to see the selfish attitude of people. People, whom he had worked with, whom he had entertained, had all forgotten him. His heart was broken. This led Kishore away from people and closer and closer to nature. He remembered as a child when he was upset, he used to sit beside the railway track and listen to the sound of the train’s whistle. That chirping of the birds, that blossoming of the flowers, childhood was so amazing, he said to himself.


News spread out in Bombay that Kishore had lost it. Kishore was getting more and more eccentric. He started to hate people. Did not socialize at all and had a sign board planted in front of his house saying, “Beware of dogs and Kishore. “ All these events were making him firmer and sterner. His voice was getting more and more deep. Kishore was definitely no more a clown.


Then in the early 70’s a new actor was establishing himself at the mainstream cinema. His name was Rajesh Khanna. Rajesh had a very unorthodox style of acting and if there was anyone in the world who could be his voice, it was Kishore Kumar. Kishore sang for Rajesh in the movie Aradhana and what happened next is now a part of history. The skillful acting of Rajesh and the melodious voice of Kishore struck the sub-continent. Indian cinema had never seen such a turnout for a movie ever before. Kishore was number one once again and this supremacy would continue for the next 20 years, till his sudden death on 13th October,1987. Kishore's departure has created such a gap in the indian cinema which no other artist has been able to fill.Now people know Ashok kumar as the brother of the Maestro Kishore. No wonder Kishore was mad but he had a method in madness…


© 2013 Talal Hussain


Author's Note

Talal Hussain
This is only my second writing so please ignore any grammatical errors.. The style of writing is highly influenced by screenplay techniques used by Satyajeet Ray. Hope you people will like it.

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I love it. I can't help but wonder with all of the pictures, could this be a true story? You are a true story teller. At times the flow was stopped when you time skipped to progress the story but it is overshadowed by the great skill you have! I can understand the sibling rivalry at the beginning and a lot of people connect with that, you really made me root for Kishore! I was really glad when he got a happy ending. Awesome Job! :D

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much Imara...Yes its a true story...Glad you liked it :-)
Imara

7 Years Ago

Wow! I am going to go find his music now :)



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I really liked this one! It had a great flow to it, and I can definitely get the sibling rivalry that was in there. :)

Great job. :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much abby...glad you could relate :-)
Abby

7 Years Ago

You are most welcome, Tal. :)
This is a strong piece

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much for your review :-)
Lover Of Words

7 Years Ago

Your welcome
Very interesting.
I found this very funny. “Teachers ask me questions that I don’t know so I give them answers that they don’t.”
Nice creativity Talal.

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much Emrick...i am glad you liked it :-)
I was sorry for Kishore until the end. I don't think he knew the method in his own madness, but it worked.
I did not find any mistakes, though you did not use commas, where i would have put them. But this is a matter of personal style.

Know this: I never ignore mistakes. Writing should be as polished as possible before it is posted.
But you did a good job.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much mam for your review...I will try my best to improve upon my writing skills..
i enjoyed your story. It told story of this wondefull actor but i would have like to have seen him. when you talk about him taking the car home from the set, i think this would have been a great time to build the sene and show the set that day. you could use this story and elaborate the senes into a great work of fiction
Good job!!

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much for your review...really appreciate your suggestions :-)
I wish I knew more of this artist(blatant honest I am)
even so I enjoyed this journey through his life
you tell it with an ease for the reader even when not familiar with the artist
the ending left me wondering-does he recover from his sense of loathing for people and remain a natures man...
sibling rivalries control ones life to the fullest...
thank you for sharing

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much...i am glad you liked it. Yes his love for nature and hatred for men continued til.. read more
Holly Mason

7 Years Ago

I would think adding his date of death would add to this story maybe include his birth date as well .. read more
Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thanks for the suggestion,i'll do that for sure :-)
i don't watch enough indian cinema to know if this is fiction or not

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Its based on a true story....did you like the story ? I would appreciate your suggestions..
Mike Emil

7 Years Ago

there's not enough blood or saki or japanese monsters in it, but that only makes sense
it may .. read more
A nice and inspirational account of the legendary singer Kishore Kumar. Thanks for sharing :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thankyou...i m glad you liked it :-)
It's good stuff. I did ignore the grammatical errors :p. Good and descriptive, but perhaps a little dry. I wonder if you could add more adjectives or action to it, to spice it up a bit. The pacing is a bit slow, but don't get me wrong a well written piece :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

Thanks for your feedback Luke...really appreciate your comments :-)
Luke L

7 Years Ago

no problem, brother
I tend to stay away from stories on this site. Mainly, because I have a hard enough time writing little bits, and showing people an honest thanks. Still, nicely done!

Posted 7 Years Ago


Talal Hussain

7 Years Ago

thank you so much :-)

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Talal Hussain
Talal Hussain

Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan



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