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Arun Kumar Mukharji

Music Director
  • Died: 6 December, 1955 (Bombay)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi
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Music director, singer and actor, Arun Kumar Mukherjee was born on 14 February, in 1912. He went on to compose music for films such as Pratima (1945), Hatimtai (1947), Parineeta (1953), Shamsheer (1953), Samaj (1954), and Teen Bhai (1955). He had also acted in Kangan (1939), Azad (1940), Bandhan (1940), Anjaan (1941), Beti (1941), Naya Sansar (1941), and Jwar Bhata (1944), and rendered playback for Hamari Baat (1943), Andhera (1943), Bhanwara (1944), Caravan (1944), Pratima (1945), Mulaqat (1947), Samaj Ko Badal Dalo (1947), Sehra (1948), Grihalaxmi (1949), Mashaal (1950), Muqaddar (1950), Sangram (1950), Andolan (1951), and Maa (1952), among other films. 

Arun Kumar Mukherjee was the singing artiste of Bombay Talkies films, rendering playback for Ashok Kumar such as the Kismet (1943) song, Dheere dheere aare badal on the 78 RPM disc which was sung by Ashok Kumar himself on the film’s soundtrack; for Kishore Sahu in Punar Milan (1940), Ulhas in Basant (1942), Mumtaz Ali in Jhoola (1942) and Basant (1942), Raj Kapoor in Hamari Baat (1943), Dilip Kumar in Jwar Bhata, and others.

Bandhan (1940) features several hit songs by Arun Kumar, such as Ruk na sako to jao tum jao, and Chane jor garam babu mai laya mazedar chane jor garam. Punar Milan includes Arun Kumar’s song Nacho, nacho pyare man ke mor, aj more jeevan mein chhaya asaarh, and the duet Avo banaen gharva pyaara, pyara pyara jag se nyara. In Basant, Arun Kumar rendered a duet with Amirbai Karnataki - Balam dheere bol koi sun lega, as well as the dance numbers Aya basant sakhi birha ka ant sakhi ban ban mein chhayi bahar and O gori mose Ganga ke paar milna. In Kismet, he also sang Zindagi bande jiye jaa and a duet with Amiribai - Hum aisi kismet ko kya karen ke jo ik din hasaae ik din rulaye. In Hamari Baat, Arun Kumar rendered duets which were picturised on Devika Rani and Jairaj, such as Sookhi bagiya hari hui ghanshyam badariya chhai re, Insaan kya jo thokaren and Jeevan jamuna paar milen ge. In Jwar Bhata, Arun Kumar rendered playback for the song, Sanjh ki bela panchchi akela, while he also sang Vo un ka …sharma ke chale jaana, hai baat to zara si par ban gaya afsana from Sangram (1950) for Ashok Kumar. He rendered another hit song in the film Mashal (1950) - Jab hum the tumhare aur tum thhe hamare voh thorre se din thhe kitne pyaare

Cousin of Sashadhar Mukherjee and the famous Ganguly brothers, Ashok Kumar, and Kishore Kumar, Arun Kumar passed away in Ashok Kumar’s arms while they were returning from the screening of the trial show of the Ashok Kumar starrer-Bandish (1955). Arun Kumar had suffered a massive heart attack and died before they could reach the hospital on 6 December, 1955.