Ranu Mondal, the viral internet sensation who shot to fame after she was spotted singing at a railway station Lata Mangeshkar's rendition 'Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma' said that she was unaffected by the latter's comment of 'no originality'.
Ranu says that she holds no qualms against the 89-year-old veteran singer's as she considers Lata Mangeshkar her senior.
Ranu Mondal was quoted saying, "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 as age is concerned, I am younger to her and will always remain her junior. I have loved Lata ji's voice since childhood)."
Lata Mangeshkar earlier told a news agency, "Agar mere naam aur kaam se kissiko bhala hota hai toh main apne-aap ko khush-kismat samajhti hoon (If anyone gets benefited by 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 or Kishoreda's (Kumar), or (Mohd) Rafi Saab's, or Mukesh Bhaiyya or Asha's (Bhosle) numbers, aspiring singers can get short-term attention."
Singer composer Himesh Reshammiya, who gave Ranu Mondal her Bollywood break by recording two songs with her for upcoming film Happy Hardy And Heer, also told IANS that he doesn't feel Ranu Mondal 'copied Lata Mangeskar.'
He said, "I don't feel anybody can become a legend like Lata ji. She is the best. Ranu ji has started her own beautiful journey and I feel that people misunderstood Lata ji's statement."
Hear Ranu’s latest track here:
Prior to her fame moment, she used to sing at the Ranaghat railway station to earn money.
Hear the viral song that made her shot to fame here: