Shahid Rafi, son of legendary playback singer Mohammad Rafi, has refuted claims by Lata Mangeshkar that his father had sent her an apology letter to resolve an issue between them.
He said that he feels "strongly" about Lata's allegations as his father "has never been involved in a controversy before this".
An old feud came back to the limelight when Lata claimed in an interview to a leading daily that she had refused to sing with Rafi and had only agreed when Rafi had sent an apology letter to her. The interview was published Tuesday.
Shahid called a special press conference here Wednesday to give his verdict on Lata's claim.
"My father was a national property. His fan following is bigger than any artist. If she can prove that my father had written an apology letter to her, then she should come out and produce it. In case she does, I am ready to apologise to her," Shahid told reporters here.
"I think she (Lata) is insecure of my father's fan following and that is why she has done this," he added.
Mohammad Rafi was one of the most popular singers of 1950s and 1960s and gave hits like "Chaudhvin ka chand ho", "Husnwale tera jawab nahin", "Chhoo lene do nazuk hothon ko" and "Maine poocha chand se". He died in 1980. He was 55.
He also sang duets with Lata such as "Yunhi tum mujhse baat karti ho" and "Tujhe jeewan ki dor se".
Shahid also claimed that his father had no competition at the time, whereas Lata did.
"There is no competition between her and my father as actors like Shammi Kapoor and Dharamendra wanted him to sing for them. But there were other female singers like Suman Kalyanpur, Hemlata and Mubarak Begum and others who might have been competition to her. So maybe her career was at stake," he said.
Did he try to get in touch with the singer?
"I have not tried to call her regarding this as she has never responded to my calls before. She always seems to be busy whenever I have called her in the past," Shahid said.
He also added that he was being supported by others in the industry as well, but refused to take any names.
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I don't understand why people have to debate about Kishore Kumar and Rafi when the discussion at hand should be Lata and Rafi. Who is legend, who YOU think is a better singer, who is a born star... is a matter of choice and belief. You CANNOT pass such judgements because it all comes down to choice and no two people can like the same things equally. So grow up and stick to the topic people!!!
Lata should ignore this attention seeker.
Rafi was a legend, who was later emulated by many.
Lata is a living legend and can be emulated by none.
LM was very insecure of MR. If anyone knows there is song "Mere mehboob tujhe" sung by both. So Rafi sang with heart and soul, when LM heard his version, she did god knows how many rehearsals?? even then she couldn't match him...
Actually Kishore kumar was more a actor who sang his own songs and some of dev anand's songs during rafi's golden period.It was only later on kishore da became full on singer. So Rafi Sa'b did not compete with kishore da but with hemant da talat mahmood and mana dey and mukesh in 50s;but since all were amazing artists with their own style and genre all was well during those times..people have to realize kishore da became famous as playback singer for others later on when he concentrated on it . we have to understand that rafi became a sensation after 1947 hit song in jugnu with noorjehan and later on in films like baiju bawra in early 50s while kishore da's golden singing period is in late 60s and 70s but I must admit that kishore da made excellent films,acted and sang songs which were awesome during this said time,he was not in as playback full time then so there was no compt. in rafi's golden period.People forget that golden era of indian cinema in late 40s 50s and early 60s is not same time as playback artists kishore kumar's golden period---but yes it was hsi golden period as good actor and overaller
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