On the 109th Birth Anniversary of K N Singh,we recall this great Villain of Bollywood.. He was selected to represent India in the 1936 Berlin Olympics but circumstances made him to stay home.He played the polished, sophisticated villain in nearly all his 250-odd films. He was always immaculate in his dress - a suit, overcoat, hat and cigarette completed his villain get-up.He had a peculiar style of his own,raising his eye brows, tough looks, loud and nasty talk, and horrible laugh - he always maintained a poised, cultured and soft exterior.
Whether it was Guru Dutt's Baazi (1951), Shakti Samant's Howrah Bridge (1958) or Vijay Anand's Teesri Manzil (1966), Singh sent shivers down people's spines.
He appeared in several iconic movies in the 40s and 50s including Sikandar (1941), Jwar Bhata (1944) (Dilip Kumar's film debut), Humayun (1945),Awara (1951), Jaal (1952), CID (1956), Howrah Bridge (1958), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Amrapali (1966) and An Evening in Paris (1967).
Singh played prominent roles in movies like Jhoota Kahin Ka (1970), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) and Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972). His last prominent role was in the 1973 filmLoafer.
He had the distinction of working with three generations of the Kapoor family. He acted with Patriarch Prthiviraj Kapoor in Bidyapati (1937), with Raj Kapoor in Awara (1951) and Rishi Kapoor in Rafoo Chakkar (1975).
Kishore Kumar made him sing and dance in his film Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi in 1974.This is a rare occasion we see K N Singh in a cameo role.
K.N. Singh turned completely blind in his last years. He died in Mumbai on 31 January 2000 aged 91 was survived by his adopted son Pushkar, who is a producer of television serials.