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Mohammed Rafi’s Son slams Karan Johar for ‘insulting’ his Father in Film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’

Shahid has criticised Karan for including a dialogue in the film that he found insulting to his star father

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Bollywood film maker Karan Johar, seen in this June 2016 photo, released a video message asking Hindu nationalist protesters to not disrupt the Oct. 28 release of his big-budget romantic drama 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,' or 'Difficulties of the Heart,' which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a small role. (Representational image) VOA
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November 1, 2016: Legendary singer Mohammed Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi has slammed Karan Johar for insulting his late father in the filmmaker’s latest movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Shahid has criticised Karan for including a dialogue in the film that he found insulting to his star father.

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In the movie, actress Anushka Sharma says: “Mohammed Rafi gaate nahi, rote the (Mohammed Rafi used to cry, not sing).

Shahid told IANS: “This is so insulting. I am ashamed of Karan Johar. I didn’t expect this from him at all. My dad has sung songs for Karan’s father (Yash Johar) and this is what he has done now. I haven’t seen the film yet.

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Poster of the Karan Johar's movie Ae Dil Hai Mushqil. Flickr
Poster of the Karan Johar’s movie Ae Dil Hai Mushqil. Flickr

“Whoever has written this dialogue is an idiot. He doesn’t know who Rafi saab was. He was the most versatile singer. How can he write such crap about a legendary singer?”

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Shahid is expecting an apology from Karan.

He said: “The damage has been done. So many people have watched the film. I don’t think he is even going to edit that part. All I expect from Karan is an apology letter from him.”

Talking about his father’s fans, he said: “It’s been 36 years and still his fan following is only increasing day by day. People tend to forget singers in just a few days but look at my father’s body of work and his fan followers.

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“I have received close to 9,000 messages on my Facebook account from my father’s fans who are ready to protest against this. His fans will protest on November 2.”

Mohammed Rafi, who has delivered innumerable hit songs like “Kya hua tera wada”, “Baharon phool barsao”, “Likhe jo khat tujhe” and “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko”, died in 1980.

The late singer had worked with producer Yash Johar in the 1980 film Dostana for which he sang “Mere dost qissa yeh kiya” and “Salamat rahe dostana”. (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    Mohammed Rafi was a legendary singer….How can anyone even think about such insulting dialogue

  • Shivam Thaker

    I do not understand why people today have to take everything so seriously and are not able to handle tiny bits of humor without taking offence. It is obvious that Karan Johar or the writers would not try to insult a legend and probably just slipped in some light humor and meant no harm.

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Lust Stories Makers Happy With Empowered Platform Like Netflix

"That is why there is more scope for the digital platforms to reach out to these urban pockets than cinema halls. The idea is not one versus the other... The approach is more inclusive."

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Netflix is an empowered platform- Karan Johar. Pixabay

Four Indian filmmakers Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee — each known for their unique style — have come together for the anthology “Lust Stories”, which will be out on Netflix next month. They are happy to associate with an “empowered platform”, which allows their creativity to be showcased far and wide.

At the trailer launch of “Lust Stories” here on Friday, when asked if Netflix has given them extra freedom as there is no censorship on digital media, Karan said: “Look, we are not showing the film on Netflix because there is a lot of freedom (in terms of censorship). We are showing the film because of its reach.

“Netflix reaches 190 countries. For a filmmaker and storyteller, it is important to reach out to the widest audience with our story. There is no scene in the film that might get censored…Netflix is an empowered platform with a worldwide popularity.”

Karan’s short film features Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Neha Dhupia.

Ronnie Screwvala, one of the producers of the film, said: “Netflix is a global platform. We have been trying to do crossover cinema for 100 years, and now people will get a chance to do crossover cinema. Now we have an audience (through Netflix) that caters to a wider audience, not just to the South Asian (audience), but all over. That is a great opportunity.”

How are they planning to reach out to rural India where people may not necessarily have access to mobile phones, Screwvala said: “If we are talking about rural India, of course, it will take time to reach. But when we look at the footfall and box office collection, 60 per cent of it comes from metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

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Lust Stories will be out on Netflix from next month. Bollywood Country

“That is why there is more scope for the digital platforms to reach out to these urban pockets than cinema halls. The idea is not one versus the other… The approach is more inclusive.”

Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who features in Zoya’s short story, said: “As actors and filmmakers, we want our stories to reach as many people as possible, and Netflix is one of such platforms. I think the digital audience is braver and more accepting towards new content. They are looking for new stories.”

Asked if practising freedom of expression is easier on a digital platform, Zoya said: “Yes and no… I mean there is not something we are showing in the film that cannot be shown otherwise.”

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Talking about the given freedom on a digital platform for the filmmakers and viewers, Dibakar said: “You see, as filmmakers we will find our way even within the limited freedom we are given. But this platform has given freedom to the audience.

“I believe that freedom is about having a choice. If we do not have the choice, then freedom is a theoretical discussion. So I think with this platform, the audience should have the choice to experience an intimate experience with few people or with oneself… So this platform provides more freedom to the audience than filmmakers.”

The film “Lust Stories” will release on June 15. (BollywoodCountry)