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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

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)

  • 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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Karan Johar: I Am Proud to be a Part of the Brilliant #LightUpHerLife Campaign

Women's safety is a social responsibility, says Karan Johar

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Karan Johar is currently working on a short film about women's safety in India. Wikimedia Commons

Filmmaker Karan Johar has teamed up with actress Mithila Palkar for a short film which puts the spotlight on how women feel unsafe in public spaces in India, and says it is high time people started taking the responsibility for the safety of women seriously.

“The girls of our country are extremely talented and are recognised for it across all professional fields. But there is one more field that they are unfortunately ‘talented’ in – and that is managing their own safety. While we salute them for this, we must acknowledge that safety isn’t a talent, it’s a social responsibility. And it’s high time that we all take this responsibility for the safety of women,” Karan said.

The short film titled “Girl’s Got Talent” is presented by Save the Children and created by Yuvaa as part of their #LightUpHerLife campaign. Karan has lent his voice and makes an appearance along with Mithila, who plays the lead, in the film. It is about how one of the ‘talents’ that girls need to have in India is the ability to navigate unlit, dark and unsafe streets.

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Karan Johar says it is high time people start taking the responsibility for the safety of women seriously. Wikimedia Commons

“I am proud to be a part of the brilliant #LightUpHerLife campaign by Save the Children and Yuvaa to not only raise awareness about this issue but also to identify areas that can be made secure for our girls,” added Karan, who has a daughter and a son.

Through the film, Karan Johar has urged people across India to join the movement to take steps to change the landscape of the cities and neighbourhoods by identifying unlit places and sharing them on social media using the hashtag #LightUpHerLife. He also calls upon people to move away from being bystanders and become changemakers to ensure that women feel safe.

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Talking about the movie, Mithila said: “As a woman, shooting for this film was an extremely surreal and personal experience. I felt the palpable fear women universally feel walking down an unlit street or taking public transport. I’d really like to request everyone to join this amazing initiative by Save the Children and Yuvaa to #LightUpHerLife and urge the government to make public spaces safer for women so we can reclaim our right to safety and freedom.” (IANS)