Did Salman Khan really gift a house to Ranu Mondal? Here's the truth

Updated: Sep 14, 2019, 21:00 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Ranu Mondal, who rose to fame after a video of her singing outside a railway station went viral, is making headlines after reports that Salman Khan has gifted her a house started doing rounds

Ranu Mondal was clicked at the song launch of Teri Meri Kahani. Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah
Ranu Mondal was clicked at the song launch of Teri Meri Kahani. Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah

Ranu Mondal has recorded three tracks for Himesh Reshammiya's film, Happy Hardy Aur Heer. Himesh had organised an event to launch the song, where he was in attendance with Mondal. The singer became an overnight sensation after a video of her singing Lata Mangeshkar's song, 'Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai' from Shor (1972) went viral. She was videographed while singing outside a railway station in West Bengal.

Soon after, there were several reports that Salman Khan has gifted a house worth Rs 50 lacs to Ranu Mondal. In an interview with Navbharat Times, she rubbished the rumour by saying, "Nahi diya. Agar dete to sabke saamne announce karte ki maine ranu mondal ko ghar diya hai. Ya fir mere friends ko diya, kuch to bol ke announcement karenge na. Ye jab tak nahi hota hai, tab tak k liye ye sochna theek nahi na. (I haven't received any gift, had he made an announcement or talked about, I would have thought that I got the house as a gift. Had he gifted it to me, he would have made an announcement in front of everyone)"

On the other hand, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar expressed her displeasure over Ranu Mondal singing in her style. In an interview with IANS, Lata ji had said, "Agar mere naam aur kaam se kissiko bhala hota hai toh main apne-aap ko khush-kismat samajhti hoon (If anyone benefits from my name and work, I feel fortunate). But I also feel imitation is not a reliable and durable companion 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."

When Ranu Mondal was asked about the abovesaid quote made by Lata Mangeshkar, the former told the Hindi daily, "Lata ji ki umar ke hisab se mai choti thi, hu aur aage ja kar bhi rahungi.. Bachpan se unka awaz pasand hai. (As far age is concerned, I was younger to her and will always remain her junior. I have loved Lataji’s voice since childhood)."

Talking about the same, Himesh Reshammiya also expressed her views at the music launch of the song, Teri Meri Kahani. He had said, "I feel we have to see in which connotation Lata Ji has made that statement. I feel when you start copying another singer then it doesn't work that well. But I also feel that taking inspiration from someone else is really important."

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Himesh Reshammiya with wife Sonia Kapoor and Ranu Mondal at song launch in Juhu
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    Himesh Reshammiya attended the song launch of his film Happy Hardy and Heer with wife Sonia Kapoor. He launched Ranu Mondal's song Teri Meri Kahani from the film at a multiplex in Juhu, Mumbai. All pictures/Yogen Shah

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    Talking about his film, Happy Hardy and Heer, Himesh Reshammiya said, "I'm very happy with all the love that Happy Hardy and Heer is getting from the audience. I'm very proud of the product and very confident that the film will set new trends by the grace of God. Ranu ji has sung the song beautifully and I hope the audience loves it and enjoys it as much as we did."

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    Himesh Reshammiya seems to be in love with Ranu Mondal's voice and offered her two more songs, Aadat and Aashiqui Mein Teri 2.0 with her.

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    Ranu Mondal — who became an Internet sensation after a video of her singing Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai, at the Ranaghat railway station went viral last month — has lent her voice to two songs in mentor Himesh Reshammiya's upcoming film, Happy Hardy And Heer.

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    Ranu Mondal in an interview with mid-day said, "I never gave up hope. Even during the worst phase of my life, singing kept me going. I didn't imagine that I would get such a huge platform, but I had complete faith in my voice."

    In picture: Himesh Reshammiya with wife Sonia Kapoor and Ranu Mondal at song launch in Juhu.

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    Ask her if recording the first number was an intimidating experience, and she says assuredly, "When I wore the headphones for the first time, it made me even more confident. I used to listen to songs of Lataji [Mangeshkar], Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar and keep learning."

    In picture: Sonia Kapoor seen wiping Himesh Reshammiya's face at song launch in Juhu.

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