Goa’s Director General of Police Muktesh Chander has appealed people to boycott Karan Johar’s latest film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for allegedly insulting the legendary playback singer Mohammad Rafi. Chander is upset over the dialogue in the movie which allegedly equates singing of Rafi to crying. In the film, Anushka Sharma is seen telling Ranbir Kapoor, “Mohammad Rafi? Woh gaate kam, rote zyada the na.” The singer’s family has taken objection to the dialogue in the movie, which was embroiled in a controversy before its release as it featured Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
“Md Rafi was one of the greatest singers of India and needs no certificate from anyone. If you are a Rafi fan, boycott this movie,” Chander tweeted. The 1988 batch IPS officer, who is posted as Director General of Police, also quoted a report which quotes Shahid Rafi, the son of the late singer. Chander could not be contacted for his comment despite repeated calls and text messages while his office confirmed that he is in Delhi to attend an official meeting.
After the film’s release, Rafi’s family had raised objections against the dialogue saying that it wasn’t needing in the film as the dialogue has nothing to do with film’s plot. In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Rafi’s son, Shahid said, “This dialogue doesn’t take the movie forward or backwards and if that is the case, what was the need to include this dialogue? And while writing this dialogue, didn’t they realise who they were talking about? Mohammed Rafi is a versatile legendary singer and I am not saying this just because he is my father. Even after 36 years of his passing away, my father’s fan following is far more than many other singers of our industry. My father was an institution. He was a very down-to-earth person. He was like a saint. People still worship him. Nobody in the industry says anything bad about my father. This dialogue is an insult. It is stupid. The man who wrote this dialogue is stupid. My father sang for Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Joy Mukherjee, Biswajeet Singh. From love songs to qawwali, he has sung it all. It is ridiculous to say whatever has been said in the film.”
Shahid now plans to consult CBFC chief Pankaj Nihalani. “I have received so many messages from fans asking me to take action. I will talk to Pahlajji. I know him very well. I will see what he suggests and accordingly take an action. This line could have been censored,” averred Shahid.
The film has been in news ever since the Uri attack. This Ranbir Kapoor starrer faced protests when MNS had raised a flag against the presence of Pakistani artists in Indian films. The stand-off between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Johar was resolved after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis struck a truce between them. Even though the film is doing well at the box-office, intentionally or unintentionally, the film has been making new reasons to irk people around and create controversies.
(With inputs of PTI)