1. ‘Mohammed Rafi gaate nahi rote the’ dialogue in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil angers son Shahid Rafi

‘Mohammed Rafi gaate nahi rote the’ dialogue in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil angers son Shahid Rafi

With a wide range of songs and an even wider fan base, Mohammed Rafi is a renowned name in the history of Indian cinema. So when a dialogue in a big mainstream movie apparently ridicules the great, it is bound to gain some controversy.

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With a wide range of songs and an even wider fan base, Mohammed Rafi is a renowned name in the history of Indian cinema. So when a dialogue in a big mainstream movie apparently ridicules the great, it is bound to gain some controversy. Shahid Rafi, the son of the great Md Rafi, is reportedly angry with one dialogue which is present in the film. In the dialogue, Anushka Sharma’s character tells Ranbir Kapoor’s character, “Mohammed Rafi gaate nahi rote thhe. (Md Rafi didn’t sing, he cried.)”

Shahid Rafi spoke to The Indian Express and 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 was angered by the fact that filmmaker Karan Johar allowed the dialogue to be used in the movie. He said, “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. (I think success has gone to his head, and when that happens people praise on your face but spit on the back.)”

Shahid is planning to approach CBFC head Pankaj Nihalani to consult on this issue. Shahid 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.”

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