Guwahati: Fans of Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupen Hazarika might have deeply been offended following accusations made by Priyamvada Patel, the former wife of the music maestro. And the news that made rounds has hurt the Mangeshkar family and Kalpana Lajmi, Hazarika’s partner for over 40 years.
Lajmi slammed Patel for holding Lata Mangeshkar responsible for ending her 13-year old marriage with Hazarika. Lajmi also denied allegations made by Patel, saying that Hazarika and Lata never had an affair but had mutual respect and admiration for each other.
Talking to a leading daily, Lajmi said, “Priyamvada had nothing to do with Bhupen in these 55 years and now she is blaming Lataji for her break-up! All this at a time Lataji is going through the most troubled phase in her life. First, Ashaji`s daughter killed herself. Then, she lost Yash Chopra, who was like a brother. Lataji is not young anymore. She is in her mid-80s and such a thing is uncalled for. It`s distasteful. I`ll call it blasphemous. How could Priyamvada be so vociferous about Lataji?”
Patel had given an interview to an Assamese channel and had accused Hazarika of adultery. And in response to such false allegations, both Lajmi and Mangeshkar have decided to sue Patel.
First Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012, 13:13