The barrage of angry responses to the vulgar video-spoofing Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar has left the Goddess of melodious things unaffected.
No, she hasn’t watched the offending video because it doesn’t bother her.
“Nothing affects me. I’ve been through so much, faced so many hurdles in life. At an age when other girls play with dolls, I was out of the house trying to find work as a singer. I learnt from a young age that work is the only thing that matters,” says Lataji.
The affront to Lataji through the video mattered to her only because it bothered her admirers and well-wishers. “Log bahot pareshan ho gaye. Mujhe yeh bura laga. I don’t like the idea of people getting hassled because of me. I want to assure all my well-wishers that these (spoofs, etc) are very small matters. There are so many far far greater issues in life. We must not give undue importance to those who thrive on maligning people. I am sure they have their reasons for doing what they do.”
What touched Lataji was the upsurge of the nation’s love she felt after the spoof. Everyone including Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar called to express their solidarity with the supreme songstress.
“It’s the love of the people that has kept me going for so long,” the Nightingale says gratefully.