Social media singing sensation Ranu Mondal, who became popular overnight after her video while singing Lata Mangeshkar’s Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai went viral, has now opened up about the same. The yesteryear artist earlier said, “Agar mere naam aur kaam se kissiko bhala hota hai toh main apne aap ko khush kismat samajhti hoon (If anyone benefits from my name and work then I feel fortunate). But I also feel imitation is not a reliable and durable companion for success. By singing my songs, aspiring singers can get short-term attention. But it won’t last.” Responding to this in an interview with a leading daily, Ranu shared that she will always be Lata’s junior and the yesteryear artist is someone she will always look up to.
Previously, Lata also stated, “Be original. By all means sing the evergreen songs by me and my colleagues. But after a point the singer must seek and find his or her own song.” Reacting to the comments, Ranu recently disclosed, “Lata ji ki umar ke hisab se mai choti thi, hu aur aage ja kar bhi rahungi.. Bachpan se unka awaz pasand hai. (As far age is concerned, I was younger to her and will always remain her junior. I have loved Lataji’s voice since childhood).”
Ranu also addressed reports of Salman Khan gifting her an apartment worth INR50 lakh. “Nahi diya. Agar dete to sabke saamne announce karte ki maine ranu mondal ko ghar diya hai. Ya fir mere friends ko diya, kuch to bol ke announcement karenge na. Ye jab tak nahi hota hai, tab tak k liye ye sochna theek nahi na. (I have not received any gift. Had he gifted it to me, he would have made an announcement in front of everyone),” she concluded. Salman had denied the same earlier.