A day after Lata Mangeshkar claimed that late singer Mohammed Rafi had apologised to her in writing, his son Shahid Rafi has refuted her, saying it was a "publicity stunt" and he might even take legal action.
"My father was a national property. I am hurt and so are his fans. His fan following is much bigger than any other artist. If she can prove that my father had written an apology letter to her, then I am ready to apologise," Shahid told reporters.
"Let her show the letter. My father passed away years ago, and now she is talking about this letter? People keep valuable documents for even fifty years. Why hasn't she retained the paper which would give her dignity," he said.
In an interview to a newspaper, Lata was quoted as having said that she and Rafi fought over royalties. When Rafi had said that he would not sing with her at a meeting attended by other musicians, she had reportedly retaliated by saying that it was she who would not sing with him. Mangeshkar went on to say that the matter was settled with the help of composer Jaikishen. "I got Rafi's letter and ended the cold war, but whenever I would see him, the hurt would return," she was quoted in the newspaper.
Shahid alleged that Mangeshkar made these claims because she is insecure. "I think this is a publicity stunt as she is insecure with the huge fan following my father has, even after his death," he said.
"I will wait for eight to ten days. I will have to take legal opinion regarding the same," he said.
Shahid also said that by making such claims a veteran like Mangeshkar is sending a wrong message to the younger generation.
"This feud between her and my father was during 1961 to 1967. At that time there was no competition for my father, as actors like Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Rajendra Kumar and others wanted my father to sing for them. While there were many other female singers like Suman Kalyanpur, Hemlata and Mubarak Begum. So, may be her career was at stake that time," he added.