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Trouble again? A dialogue in ‘ADHM’ miffs Mohammed Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi

Karan Johar‘s recent release ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘ has landed into another trouble over a dialogue in the movie. The dialogue in question is mouthed by Anushka Sharma to Ranbir Kapoor which says, “Mohammed Rafi gaate kaam, rote zyada the (Mohammed Rafi used to cry more than sing).” This line has not gone down well with many singers in the film fraternity and veteran singer Mohammed Rafi’s son, Shahid Rafi, too seems to be miffed with the dialogue.

In an interview with a leading daily, Shahid Rafi 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.”

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He further added, “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.”

He now plans to take this matter with CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani. He said, “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.”

Apart from Shahid Rafi, singer Sonu nigam seems to be a little taken aback by this dialogue. He took to Twitter to express his displeasure and tweeted,

Another singer Mohammed Aziz also uploaded a video on Facebook where he is criticizing KJo for adding that dialogue in his film.

Now, let’s wait and watch for Karan Johar’s reaction to this. His movie has been embroiled in controversies from the onset. The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan in important roles.


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