Lata Mangeshkar was very fond of Shah Rukh Khan, felt he cut across the religious divide

Written By: Subhash K Jha
New Delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2022, 01:58 PM(IST)

File image of Lata Mangeshkar and SRK at Mangeshkar's funeral Photograph:( Twitter )

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The uproar over Shah Rukh Khan making a 'dua' at Lata Mangeshkar's funeral is so uncalled-for and so crass it takes our collective breath away.

The uproar over Shah Rukh Khan making a 'dua' at Lata Mangeshkar's funeral is so uncalled-for, so stupid and so crass it takes our collective breath away. Firstly, each one has the right to pay his respects the way he wishes to.

Who are you to question why Shah Rukh did it the Islamic way? Also, the last time I checked we were a democracy which means everyone is entitled to his own self-expression as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Apparently, sentiments were hurt when SRK raised his hands in an Islamic gesture of respect.

I think the matter is between Shah Rukh and God, I mean Lataji. They were extremely fond of one another. Once, at one of her live concerts, SRK  had said, “I wish she could sing for me.”

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Lataji had responded to SRK’s reverent affection with huge praise,  “Dilip Kumar Sahab, whom Shah Rukh is compared with, also expressed this humbling desire. Even I wish I could sing for Shah Rukh. His expressions are so correct in the songs.”

Lataji had then gone on to praise the actor’s work.“Mujhe Shah Rukh ka kaam bahot pasand hai. Maine unki sari filmein dekhi hai(I really like Shah Rukh’s work. I’ve watched all his films). I first saw  Shah Rukh in a serial called 'Fauji'. There was something special about him. Then I saw him in a film called 'Chamatkar'. Later I saw 'Deewaana' and 'Baazigar' in which he played a negative character. It was quite evident that Shah Rukh could play any kind of role.”

Lataji also enjoyed Shah Rukh’s dancing.  “I remember him saying  somewhere that he had no sense of rhythm and dance. But when I saw him in that song 'Ruk ja o dil deewane'  in 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', ussmein itna sahi acting kiya tha unhone( he acted well in the song). Then I saw him dancing to 'Chaiyyan Chaiyyan' in 'Dil Se'.His popularity cuts across the religious divide. No one cares whether Dilip Saab and Shah Rukh are Muslim. Their  reach is   far beyond religion.”

I know how pained Lataji would have been to hear the way her death is being attempted to be politicized. She was beyond all politics, though attempts to pull her in were constantly made.

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