Yash Chopra’s soul sister, muse and self-proclaimed ‘Mata Saraswati’- reincarnated Lata Mangeshkar isn’t singing in the director’s new venture. It’s a first in his long and illusturious career as a filmmaker. From the time Yash Chopra turned producer-director in 1973 with ‘Daag’, Lataji’s voice has been integral to his creativity and cinema right until his last directorial venture ‘Veer-Zaara’.
In a conversation Yashji gushed, “Lataji has always been so kind to me. She can never say no to me. As long as I am there and she’s there she’ll continue to sing for my films. She’s a legend beyond all human definition of the word. She’s my sister and I’m so proud of her. That’s why I say she’s one singer who doesn’t follow music, music follows her. When I see her I feel very small and humbled. There’re no words to describe her. She’s truly the ‘Bharat Ratna’. I’m blessed to have her love.”
To therefore find Lataji’s name missing from the credits of a new Yash Chopra film would be shock to the audience. While Yash Chopra refrained from any comments a source close to the new project reveals that the decision to bypass Lataji was taken by Aditya Chopra and the rest of the team.
Says the source, “Yash Chopra was adamant that Lataji sing. It’s a commitment he has made to her and to himself.Yashji’s new film’s music composer A R Rahman and lyricist Gulzar were also keen to bring together the Jiya jale jaan jale ‘Lataji-AR-Gulzar’ team together once again. But the rest of the crew felt Lataji’s voice didn’t match Katrina Kaif’s voice at all. They regretfully decided to make do without Lataji’s voice.”‘
When one touched base with Lataji on the matter she had no clue why she was not singing for the new Yash Chopra film . “I don’t now know what Yashji has in mind for me. If he calls me I will go without a second thought. He’s very dear to me, like my brother. Whether I sing for his new film or not doesn’t take away my love for him. Maybe there’s nothing suitable for me this time.”
Apparently Yash Chopra, who is known to be an extremely simple and emotional soul, has not been able to face up to Lataji after this painful swerve away from the voice that added so much to his cinema.
Some of Lataji’s memorabilia for Yash Chopra:
Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya basaa lete hain log- Daag
Jo baat ishaaron mein kahi tum nahin samjhe – Joshila
Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein – Kabhi Kabhi
Mere ghar aye ek nanhi pari – Kabhi Kabhie
Tu mere saath rahega munne – Trishul
Meri dooron se aaye baaraat – Kala Patthar
Yeh kahan aa gaye hum – Silsila
Om namah shivay – Mashaal
Hum chup hain – Faasle
Meri aankhen hain aapki aankhen – Vijay
Tu saawan main pyaas piya – Parampara
Tu mere saamne – Darr
Dil to pagal hai dil deewaana hai – Dil To Pagal Hai
Tere liye – Veer Zara