Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar fueled a controversy when in a recent interview to Mumbai Mirror she said that she started working again with Mohammed Rafi only after the singer apologized to her in writing. She was referring to fight that took place between the two greatest singers of India cinema. According to Lata Mangeshkar she stopped working with Rafi however music director Jaikishen asked Rafi to write an apology letter to her only after which the matter was resolved.
However the whole story has not gone too well with Mohammad Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi who says Lata is lying and his father never wrote such a letter. “This is utter nonsense. Lataji, with all due respect, is getting old, and I think is unable to recall things correctly. Reading her say all this has upset me, as it is totally false. I’m thinking of issuing a legal notice to her. Royalty was an issue – I am not denying ki aisi koi baat nahi hui thi. But when she says she demanded an apology letter, that’s wrong. At that time, Lataji ki haisiyat thi, mere daddy ko naa bolne ki, ya kuch demand karne ki? She was losing her space to talented newcomers like Mubarak Begum and Geeta Dutt, and daddy was at the top. Also, my dad was illiterate; he never wrote anything.” said Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi.
He has challenged Lata to producer the letter and also added that if she isn’t able to do so he will file a case against her “Agar letter hai Lataji ke paas, let her prove it. Why raise this issue 32 years after he passed away? Why didn’t she speak of the letter back then? Any letter written by such a legend should be preserved as a memento. So, agar daddy ne poora apology letter likha hai, toh kahaan hai woh? Sawaal hi nahi uthta. I can bet my life that there’s no letter. If there is, let her show it as proof, kasam se, main chup ho jaunga. My father was a much, much greater person than her, and I’ll not have any Tom Dick and Harry talking about him like that”, he further added.
We wonder what Lata Mangeshkar has to say about these allegations?