Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar’s comment on Internet sensation Ranu Mondal
Melody empress Lata Mangeshkar’s reaction to Ranu Mondal, saying that the internet sensation should “be original”, has baffled many fans and social media users, who feel the handed-down singer could have denoted “more gracious”.
“Such a superstar and so ungracious,” addressed a user on Twitter.
“A poor lady hummed on a railway platform for a living. #RanuMondal’s song was miraculously noticed by SM and she became a star. Inspiring Lata ji could have been more courteous, complimented and encouraged her. This lecture on ‘imitation’ was avoidable,” another user replied.
A user “disagreed” with Mangeshkar and termed her “a bit harsh”, while another told that this could have been taken in “true spirits by an older artist like Lataji”.
In a discussion to IANS, Lata Mangeshkar had stated that “Agar mere naam aur kaam se kissiko bhala hota hai toh main apne-aap ko khush-kismat samajhti hoon (If anyone helps from my name and work, I feel blessed).”
“But I also believe imitation is not a reliable and durable associate for success. By singing my songs or Kishoreda’s (Kumar), or (Mohd) Rafi Saab’s, or Mukesh Bhaiyya or Asha’s (Bhosle) numbers, aspiring singers can get short-term attention. But it won’t last”
Mondal, who has now taped three tracks for Bollywood singer-composer Himesh Reshammiya, enhanced an overnight social media sensation after a video of her vocalizing Lata Mangeshkar’s profound number “Ek pyaar ka nagma hai” at Ranaghat railway platform spread viral on the internet.
The footage has flagged the way for her remarkable rise from a street singer to a debutante playback vocalist in Bollywood.