Google Dedicated A Doodle To K. L. Saigal – First Superstar Of Indian Film Industry

K.L. Saigal
K.L. Saigal

Whenever Google changes its doodle for a particular person, then either there is a birthday of that person or it is being remembered after his/her death. Today (11 April 2018) Google has dedicated a doodle to India’s first superstar K.L. Saigal.

K.L. Saigal was one of the best singers of Hindi cinema and was born on April 11, 1904. Today is his 114th birth anniversary, on this occasion Google has remembered him by dedicating a doodle.

Who was K L Saigal? Here Is How Got A Breakthrough

Kanan Devi and Sehgal in the movie 'Lagaan'.
Kanan Devi and Saigal in the movie ‘Lagaan’.

In the 1930s, he stepped into the singing industry. BN Sarkar hired him on contract of 200 rupees per month. Sehgal met musician RC Boral here. Actor Saigal got an opportunity to act in the Urdu film ‘Mohabbat Ka Aansoo’, which was released in the year 1932. After the success of the film ‘Puran Bhagat’ in 1933, Sehgal was able to make his impression in the film industry. In 1937, Sehgal received immense success with the Bengali film ‘Didi’.

K.L. Saigal in 1935 film Devdas.
K.L. Saigal in 1935 film Devdas.

Born on April 11, 1904 in Jammu, Kundanlal Sehgal sang 185 songs in his cine career, and his songs are still relevant. He sang songs in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil and Persian languages. He also starred in films like ‘Mohabbat Ki Aansoo’, ‘Zinda Lash’ and ‘Subah Ka Sitara’. In 1935, he played the main character in PC Baruah’s movie ‘Devdas’. His songs ‘Balam Aaye Baso ..’ and ‘ Dukh Ke Din Ab Bitat Nahi’  are known as ‘Milestones’ in Indian cinema.

He first worked as Railway Timekeeper and after that he started working as a typewriter salesman at Remington Typewriter Company. After leaving this job, he took over the job of hotel manager and after that he appeared in the film world. He started his career as a singer and he sang songs in both Bengali and Hindi films.

Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, used to consider KL Sehgal as their inspiration. 

KL Saigal
KL Saigal

President ‘is said to be one of his best films whose song’ Ek Bungla Bane ‘became immortal in the pages of history. After its success, he climbed the ladder of success as a singer. emorable hymns like ‘Madhukar Shyam Hamare Chor’, ‘Sir Par Kadamb Ki Chaya, ‘Maaya Mori Me Nahi Makhan Khayo’ gave him a lot of fame.

You can assume his popularity by the fact that Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, used to consider KL Sehgal as their inspiration.  In 1935, KS Saigal married Asha Rani and had three children, one son and two daughters.

His alcoholism started taking toll on his health

K.L. Saigal in a movie
K.L. Saigal in a movie

the actor-singer resorted to alcohol before singing and his alcoholism started taking a toll on his health. Sehgal said goodbye to the world at the age of 42, but in this short period, he had acquired the power of fame. He died in Jalandhar on January 18, 1947.

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