Former Bollywood diva and legendary genius Kishore Kumar’s wife Leena Chandavarkar-Ganguly sporting tinted glasses, has suddenly found herself in the media glare, thanks to warm overtures by veteran legal luminary Ram Jethmalani.
Reacted the unruffled madame Leena, “It was an honour to receive the Lifetime Achievement ‘Hum Log’ Award for my contribution to Hindi films, from the eminent Jethmalani-ji, whom I highly respect. Besides, I admire and envy him, because even at the age of 92 years, he is so active, witty and fighting fit. Actually, I even wanted to ask him the ‘raaz’ behind his good health. What happened on stage was merely a spontaneous, fond gesture, is all I can say,” counters the soft-spoken actress who is in her early 60s.
The versatile Leena who loves to sing, is also a prolific lyricist. As part of her ambitious agenda, the ‘Main Sunder Hoon’ heroine plans to come out with memoirs on her iconic husband Kishore-da. “Since lakhs of his loyal fans are curious to know more about him, I am planning a sentimental tribute to my ‘late’ husband in the form of a book-cum-DVD. It will divulge little known facets of KK (Kishore). Like he would get sound sleep after watching ‘horror movies’ at night. Some of his detractors spread false rumours that he was eccentric, stingy and money-minded. On the contrary, he had a benevolent heart of gold and even sang free-of-charge sometimes. For Rajesh Khanna’s home-production ‘Alag Alag’ , KK had refused to take his singing fees,” insists Leena who will also share some rare photographs and amazing anecdotes.
“Only I know that KK was such a chivalrous lover-boy and caring husband that he went out of his way to woo me. Whenever I faced a crisis or tragedy he was always my emotional anchor who mentored me,” she sighs.
Incidentally, madame Ganguly’s caller tune is the yesteryear Kishore-da song ‘Gham Ka Fasaana’ (‘Manchali’) “ That’s because I keep on tunefully repeating in my voice ‘Achha Jee’ in that KK solo song and it gives me a ‘high’, that he is singing it, only for me,” she breaks into a wistful smile.