In 1940 he launched his career in Indian movies when he appeared as a singer in the Bengali film Sanyasi and in 1944 he appeared in his first Hindi language film Iraada. During this period he also established himself as a competent composer of Benagli songs.
During the 1950s his full baritone voice established him as the undisputed star of middle-class Bengali romanticism, where love was found, lost and then regained; where joy was unbounded and despair fathomless. His style of delivery became the standard for all romantic heroes in Indian film since his time. His first Hindi success as a composer was Nagin, which introduced electronics into Indian film.
Still later, Kumar branched out into film production with movies of a decidedly occidental cast, like Bees Saal Baad based on The Hound of the Baskervilles and Kohraa derived from Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.
Even after his death in 1989, Hemant Kumar remains the model other male singers imitate.
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