On a normal day when Lataji is home, there are hordes of curious fans and devotees standing on Peddar Road hoping to catch a glimpse of her. Now as news of her illness has spread the crowds below her building Prabhu Kunj on Peddar Road have multiplied manifold. Says a source close to Lataji, “There are fans and admirers thronging her apartment building. They all love her and they are hanging around anxiously for a glimpse. It’s crazy. They won’t go away until they see her.”
In fact one of the reasons why Lataji’s home-going is taking time is the fan factor. It is feared that the fans would get uncontrollable once she returns home. During one of our conversations before her hospitalisation Lataji had spoken about the fans who insist on visiting her home. “They stand there on the other side of the road quietly, waiting to see me. When I come down from my apartment to go out somewhere they don’t try to approach me. They stand where they are just looking as I drive away .”
This writer had once seen an entire restaurant spring to its collective feet when Lataji had erected. It was a spontaneous gesture. Like the audience getting to its feet during the national anthem. This kind of respect is exceptional.
The legendary singer had taken ill a few days ago and had to be hospitalised. Unfortunately, there were several rumours swirling around that time and many web portals gave wrong information about her health. However, Lata Mangeshkar is recovering well and is expected any day home.