The uproar over Shah Rukh Khan doing dua at Lataji’s funeral is so uncalled-for , so stupid and so crass it takes our collective breath away. Firstly, each one has the right to pay his respects the way he wishes to.
Who are you to question why Shah Rukh did it the Islamic way? Also, the last time I checked we were a democracy which means everyone is entitled to his own selfexpression as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments.
Apparently sentiments were hurt when SRK raised his hands in an Islamic gesture of respect.
I think the matter is between Shah Rukh and God, I mean Lataji. They were extremely fond of one another. Once at one of her live concerts SRK had said, “I wish she could sing for me.”
Lataji had responded to SRK’s reverent affection with huge praise, “Dilip Kumar Sahab, whom Shah Rukh is compared with, also expressed this humbling desire.Even I wish I could sing for Shah Rukh. His expressions are so correct in the songs.”
Lataji had then gone on to praise the actor’s work. “Mujhe Shah Rukh ka kaam bahot pasand hai. Maine unki sari filmein dekhi hai(I really like Shah Rukh’s work. I’ve watched all his films). I first saw Shah Rukh in a serial called Fauji. There was something special about him. Then I saw him in a film called Chamatkar. Later I saw Deewaana and Baazigar in which he played a negative character. It was quite evident that Shah Rukh could play any kind of role.”
Lataji also enjoyed Shah Rukh’s dancing. “I remember him saying somewhere that he had no sense of rhythm and dance. But when I saw him in that song Ruk ja o dil deewane in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Ussmein itna sahi acting kiya tha unhone. Then I saw him dancing to Chaiyyan chaiyyan in Dil Se.His popularity cuts across the religious divide. No one cares whether Dilip Saab and Shah Rukh are Muslim. There reach is far beyond religion.”
I know how pained Lataji would have been to hear the way her death is being attempted to be politicized. She was beyond all politics, though attempts to pull her in were constantly made.