Showbiz stars: why so many people leave us too soon

Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, was not just another superstar; he was endowed with a deep voice and a beautifully polished vocal chord, and he rose to fame through constant hard work. His death, which came just after a concert in Calcutta, horrified his supporters. The old “storm in a teacup” phenomenon came back to haunt us soon after. It happens whenever the premature and unnatural death of a prominent personality shakes the feelings of the public.

With KK, I would like to talk about everyone who was in show business but left us early. I would like to talk about Raj Kapoor’s ambitious film Mera Naam Joker. The iconic dialogue, “the show must go on”, was delivered by Dharmendra in his own style in this film. This type of pressure forces successful people in the film industry, sports, and other fields to deal with a myriad of personal issues. In this age of crude materialism, stress has become an inevitable consequence of fame and fortune. Before KK, actors Siddharth Shukla and Puneeth Rajkumar of Kannada films died young. These celebrities had to pay the price of fame by giving their lives.

One thing is clear, riyaz (practice) and homework are insufficient to maintain constant competitiveness. People in the “entertainment industry” must demonstrate their ability to adapt to any situation. It doesn’t matter how much pain their body goes through as a result of this. Chetna Raj, a well-known television actress from Kannada, is the most recent example: she died after undergoing cosmetic surgery when she was still very young.

KK, like many singers of his generation, didn’t just perform on stage. These performers have to perform many feats on stage to entertain the audience. Have you ever seen Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ravi Shankar or any other classic artist perform on stage in the YouTube archives? It is as if the peaceful and eternal allure of their work has radiated an aura and spread throughout the room. There was no shrillness, no boasting, no guarantees, but anyone who heard them sing and play couldn’t help but be captivated. You can tell KK was a movie singer rather than a classical performer.

Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle have sung thousands of movie songs. With the exception of Asha Tai, none of them are live, although whenever they performed live they tried to limit themselves to surahs and ragas. Kishore Kumar was an outlier in this regard. He started performing “Dhamal” on stage in the 1970s and 1980s, but he pales in comparison to singers today.

According to a study in the United States, the incidence of heart attacks increased by 13% in adults during their third and fourth decades of life. According to some research, heart disease strikes Indians 10 years earlier than in Western countries. Professionals have to bear the brunt of pollution, the way of life and the incessant frenzied race for competitiveness. KK is the most recent example. His heart and liver would be in poor condition. Is there a disease that comes with the constant heat of being in the lead? This seems to have been the case for several years.

As a result, depression has joined the ranks of heart disease as an epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, India has more than 56 million cases of depression. According to the latest survey by sleep research website SavvySleeper, Mumbai is the second most stressed city in the world after Tokyo. There was a time when KK lived there, but the list goes on. Do you remember the tragic end of Sushant Singh Rajput? Rajput, one of the most promising talents in Hindi cinema, has committed suicide. Suicides and cinema have a long history together.

I’d like to end with a comment from legendary playback singer Manna Dey. He came once to Allahabad and I had the opportunity to meet him. I asked him, “Don’t you feel like you haven’t gained the same notoriety as Rafi, Kishore and Mukesh, the most successful trio of their time?” His answer was a lesson in itself. kind,” Manna-Da said. “Each man gets his fair share. Is it less of a burden for me to have sung a hit song for every famous movie star? It’s another story since I’m not his permanent voice… Unfortunately they are all gone, but I’m still singing among you guys”, he concluded after a long break. He continued to sing for about three decades after that.. Manna Dey was aware of how fast he should walk, how far he should go and when he should stop. When will the rest of the world realize this truth? It is beneficial to be aware of one’s limits without being dissatisfied.

Shashi Shekhar is Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan. Views are personal.

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