The peace-loving Rafi family is seething with anger. Reason being a dialogue from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that apparently ridicules Rafi. The dialogue has Anushka Sharma telling Ranbir Kapoor, “Mohd. Rafi gaate nahi rote the.” The same has incensed the legendary singer’s family a great deal.
Speaking to 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 is also aghast that a filmmaker like Karan Johar allowed the dialogue to be used in the film.
“After watching this, I doubt if he (Karan) has got any sense about what he is doing. It’s an insult to my father. I am ashamed and didn’t expect this from Karan Johar. When his father Yash Joharji made Dostana in 1980, my father sang songs in his film. The song ‘Mere dost kissa yeh kya ho gaya, Suna hain ke too bewafa ho gaya’ are apt as of today for Karan. I don’t know why he included the line in the film. Shayad shahurat sar zyada chad gaya hai. Jab shahurat zyada chadh jaata hai, log mooh pe tareef karte hai aur peeth peeche thooh thooh karte hai.”
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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.