Lata Mangeshkar, the well-known and respected Indian playback singer and music director, has spoken up about her close relationship with the Roshans family. She talked about music composer Roshan saab who is the grandfather of actor Hrithik Roshan. She told, “Rakesh and Rajesh Roshan’s father, the great composer Roshan Saab, was very close to me. I was very fond of him and his wife Ira. Roshan Saab’s songs for me were always a special challenge and a treat to sing. My songs like ‘Sansar Se Bhaage Phirte Ho’ (Chitralekha), ‘Raat Ki Mehfil Sooni Sooni’ (Noorjhan) and ‘Rahen Na Rahen Hum’ (Mamta) composed by Roshan Saab are hummed to this day”.
Lata Mangeshkar mentioned that she has sang a duet with Hrithik Roshan’s grandmother Ira from the 1948 film ‘Anokha Pyar’ starring Dilip Kumar. The song was ‘Ae dil meri wafa mein koi assar nahin’ and Anil Biswas, the music director of this song was searching for a female voice to sing with Lata Mangeshkar. “The music director Anil Biswas was looking for a female voice to sing a duet with me. Since she was a trained singer I suggested Iraji’s name”, she said.
Lataji considers Rajesh Roshan as a great music composer listing the songs composed by him for Rakesh Roshan, his brother’s films including Kaho Na…Pyar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya and Krissh. She continued, “My association with Rajesh goes back to the time he started his career as a music composer. I sang Raju’s songs in his first two films Kunwara Baap and Julie. My song Yeh raatein nayee purani from Julie is one of my favourites. Raju wanted to know if I had that song on my phone. I forwarded it to him”.
She talked about Hrithik Roshan as “He is brilliant in every role he plays. I’ve watched most of his films. My favourites are Kaho Na…Pyar Hai and Guzaarish”.
Lataji concluded by with one guzaarish (request) for her friends and old associates in the film industry, “Months and years pass and we don’t communicate. It felt so nice to speak to the Roshans after so long”.