Some time ago Ayushmann Khurrana had tweeted about his love for the Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar’s song Saawan ke jhoole pade from the film Jurmana. After her long illness and complete recovery Lataji has reciprocated by complimenting Khurrana.
Says a source, “Lataji made it a point to watch one of Ayushmann Khurrana’s films and then tweeted her praise.She was told Andha Dhun was one ofAyushmann’s more interesting films, so she watched that.”
This generosity of spirit is one of Lataji’s many virtues.She never takes any compliment for granted.And she will find a way to make her admirer feel special.
I should know. I’ve been at the receiving end of her generosity many times. I remember the first time I visited her home. She was rehearsing for a concert in the conference hall of her apartment.After every song she came smiling back to sit with my friend and I while all the others looked on enviously.
Finally at the end of the rehearsals she turned with a smile to me and said, “You wanted to see my room? Come let’s go up.”
And she got up to lead me upstairs to her sanctum sanctorum. For a few seconds I sat numbed with disbelief and then quickly followed her upstairs.
On so many occasions I’ve seen her being incredibly warm to fans and admirers. I know of no other celebrity who handles compliments so well. Once a young man from Dubai came to see her in my presence. He thanked her for helping him through his difficult childhood. “My mother passed away when I was very young. I couldn’t sleep without her lullaby. Then I found your lullabys. I can’t tell you how much Aa ja ri aa nindiya tu aa , Dheere se aa ja ri ankhiyan mein and Do nainon mein aansoon bhare hain helped me.”
I watched Lataji’s reaction to this unsurpassable compliment and many others that only she can get.She reciprocates with such genuine warmth ,delight and gratitude. None of that fake oh-I-am-nobody modesty that celebrities often display.
“Of course I’m special,” she says, “If I wasn’t why would I get the love of millions for 75 years?Who gets this kind of love and appreciation?”
No one, but you Lata Didi. Nobody else deserves it. Civilization is blessed to have you . I can’t imagine what my life would have been without your songs, your voice and your inspiring presence.