What a stupefied amazement it causes when you hear some one calling a giant sized legend in herself Lata Mangeshkar as some Tom, a Dick, or a Harry, but it did happen in actual terms when Shahid Rafi, Mohd. Rafi’s son, gave her names as such some time back, as per the news appearing through media. The matter related to some dispute between Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd. Rafi in early 1960s in relation to some royalty rights in which context the story says that Mohd. Rafi got annoyed at some stage announcing his decision not to sing with Lata any more to which Lata ratorted that, not he, but she will herself not do any duo with him unless he submitted a letter of apology to her. Shahid Rafi has strongly reacted saying that she is tellling a lie as she has gone much old and is unable to correctly remember the old things. He also said –
“There is no letter. Father was a much greater person than her, and I will not have any Tom, Dick and Harry talk about him like that.”
Shahid has also threatened a legal notice to Lata in the matter. Whatever might have been the dispute or difference of opinion between the two great personalities, some trivialities like this are common in the film industry, why film industry alone, it is a general phenomenon obtaining in any field of activities. Lata Mangeshkar is a great living legend breaking the records of every one in the film industry and even outside, and so was Mohd. Rafi in his life time legacy of which is quite fresh even to-day. Both these artists had to struggle hard in their early days of their struggle to establish themselves in the films. Lata Mangeshkar had a tough time when competing with great singers like Mubarak Begum, Suman Kalyanpur, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum, but finally she emerged victorious. Mohd. Rafi too had very difficult days as he had to face great challenge from another legend K.L.Sahgal and Mukesh besides Talat Mahmood. He had to work very hard. It took him full three months time to do necessary rehearsal for his initial level hit song
“Suhaani raat dhal chukhi, na jane tum kab aoge”.
Criticism by any one including some family members of the concerned artists is alright, but there has to be some limit to it. Himalayan stature of the living legend like Lata Mangeshkar, in no measure, permits any body to talk so loose and call her a Tom, a Dick, or a Harry.