Mohd Rafi’s son slams Lata Mangeshkar
A day after legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar remarked that she demanded a written apology from ace singer Mohammed Rafi has irked Rafi Saab’s family and they took a dig at Lataji saying that she has grown old and her memory faded as Rafi Saab never apologized to her in written.Highly miffed Rafi Saab's family threatened to take legal action against Lata Mangeshkar against her wrong allegation.
Lata Mangeshkar's statements in an interview about her having a tiff with Mohammad Rafi and demanding an apology letter from him did not go well with his son Shahid Rafi.
"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.
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," says an angry Shahid Rafi, Rafi's son.
Rafi's son-in-law Meraj Ahmed also threw light on the issue and said that there was a fight between the two but no apology letter was written.
The incident created differences between them and they did
not sing for three years.