'I Once Sang A Duet With Hrithik Roshan's Grandmother,' Lata Mangeshkar On Her Close Relationship With The Roshans And A Sweet Request She Has For Them - EXCLUSIVE

Lata Mangeshkar opens up about her special bond with the Roshans. She reveals what she likes most about Hrithik and even has a special guzarish for the filmi family.

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'I Once Sang A Duet With Hrithik Roshan's Grandmother,' Lata Mangeshkar On Her Close Relationship With The  Roshans And A Sweet Request She Has For Them - EXCLUSIVE
Lata Mangeshkar says she shares a special bond with the entire Roshan family. “Rakesh and Rajesh Roshan's father, the great composer Roshan Saab, was very close to me. I was very fond of him and his wife Ira. Roshan Saab's songs for me were always a special challenge and a treat  to sing. My songs like 'Sansar Se Bhaage Phirte Ho' (Chitralekha), 'Raat Ki Mehfil Sooni Sooni' (Noorjhan) and 'Rahen Na Rahen  Hum' (Mamta) composed by Roshan Saab are hummed to this day."

Do you know I’ve sung a duet with  Iraji?  I think it was a for a Dilip Kumar-Nargis  starrer Anokha  Pyar  in  1948. The music director Anil  Biswas  was  looking for a female  voice to sing a duet with me. Since she  was a trained singer I suggested Iraji’s name. That’s how we sang Ae dil meri wafa mein koi assar  nahin.” Also read: “Unke Barey Mein Aaj Socha To Aansoon Bhar Aaye,” Lata Mangeshkar Remembers Madan Mohan The Melody-Making Maestro On His 97th Birth Anniversary - EXCLUSIVE

 Lataji  ranks Rajesh Roshan very  high as a music composer. “Though Raju(Rajesh)’s  elder brother chose  not to  be  a music director  Rakesh has a great  music sense.  Just listen  to  the  songs  Rajesh Roshan composed  for his brother’s films  Kaho Na…Pyar Hai,  Koi Mil Gaya and Krissh.My  association with Rajesh goes  back to  the time he started  his career as a music composer. I sang  Raju’s  songs in his  first two films Kunwara Baap and Julie. My song Yeh raatein nayee purani from Julie  is  one  of my  favourites. Raju wanted to know if  I   had  that song on  my phone. I forwarded  it to him.”

She rates Hrithik very highly. “He is brilliant in every role he  plays. I’ve watched most  of his films. My favourites are Kaho Na…Pyar Hai and  Guzaarish.”

Lataji has one guzaarish (request) for her old associates and friends  in the film industry.  “Months  and years pass and we don’t communicate. It felt so nice to  speak to the Roshans after so  long.”



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