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5 Indian Musicians Who've Led Such Memorable Lives We Are Surprised They Don't Have Biopics Yet

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Biopics have become the recent rage in Bollywood, with numerous films being planned on the lives of historic Indian figures. From Maidaan, Shakuntala Devi to Thalaivi and Udham Singh there is a long list of biographical films lined up for movie-lovers in the upcoming days.

While we appreciate such films being made on icons who deserve their stories being told, there is also a need to make biopics on legends every Indian takes pride in. 

Here are 5 such legendary musicians and singers who definitely deserve biopics of their own, and we wonder how long before someone decides to pay them the tribute they deserve:

1. Kishore Kumar

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There isnât a life as colourful as that of this legend. 

Kishore Kumar is a crowning glory of the Indian subcontinent, a man who wore many hats. A celebrated singer, charming actor, lyricist, director, screenwriter and what not. His larger-than-life persona never ceased to keep his admirers hooked.

Kishore Kumar outdid himself every step of the way. The man who ardently wished to be a successful singer and tried to jeopardise his initial acting career to focus on it, turned out to be gifted in both the fields. 

If his mega-successful career isnât enough, his more dramatic personal life sprinkled with almost no friends, passionate affairs and four marriages will surely get you interested in this manâs life who also said no to paying income tax.

2. Mohammed Rafi

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Another renowned playback singer who has dedicated fans to this day. It isnât every day you meet a performer who was as good with qawwalis as he was with bhajans. 

With a singing career spanning across more than three decades, and thousands of songs sung in numerous Indian and foreign languages, Mohammed Rafiâs rise to fame from living in a ten-by-ten rented room, to becoming a singing legend surely deserves a pictorial representation on-screen.

A kind man who left Lahore to stay back in India during the Partition, at the cost of losing his first wife who left him to go back to Pakistan, Rafi made a memorable pair with Lata Mangeshkar but ended up having a fallout which is believed to have never gotten cleared till the day he died. 

And later, he found himself in a controversy over a Guinness World Record around the end of his life. 

3. Lata Mangeshkar

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One of Indiaâs greatest singing legends, Lata Mangeshkarâs journey to becoming the singing Nightingale of India calls for a dedicated biopic simply for that lone reason. Believed to have sung close to 25,000 songs in various languages throughout her career, Lata Mangeshkar dedicated her life to her craft.

A performing career that began at the age of 5, Lata Mangeshkar lived through personal tragedies and many rejections before making it as a leading playback singer who never knew shortage for work and worked with almost every leading male singer in the industry. From her acting stint to turning a composer and a producer over the years, this Bharat Ratna awardeeâs life story must be presented on-screen.

4. Mukesh

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Touted to be one of the most acclaimed male singers in the Hindi film industry, Mukesh immortalised acting legends such as Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Dilip Kumar by lending them his voice. A 10th pass student, Mukesh discovered his love for music early on in life, though he ended up waiting a long time before finally coming across his breakthrough moment as a playback singer.

From working as a government servant to being suddenly given the chance to not only sing but also act in his first Hindi film and eloping with the love of his life, the charismatic singerâs life is full of many candid moments which are yet to be captured on the reel.

5. Jagjit Singh

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He may not be an old-star like the rest of them on the list, but Jagjit Singh is a legendary artist nonetheless. The man who revived ghazal within the subcontinent and changed the way how the common man interacted with the art form, Jagjit Singh had the power to pierce through the toughest of hearts and make it thaw simply with his soul-stirring compositions.

With a glorious career spilling across five decades, Jagjit Singh went against his fatherâs wishes to pursue his music career, met the woman who changed his life and with whom he delivered path-breathing ghazal compositions and went on to Indianize the genre in his own way. 

But everything came to a halt when tragedy struck with the death of his only son, and Jagjit Singh found himself surrounded by grief that never left him until the day he left his world.

Which other singers and musicians would you like to see biopics on? Do let us know in the comments section. 


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