Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung for almost every leading lady in Bollywood since she entered the industry in 1942, says her favourites were Meena Kumari and Nargis.
“It is tough to name one, since I liked everyone of them. But Meena Kumari and Nargis were my favourites,” the 83-year-old said at the launch of a calendar featuring yesteryears actresses.
However, she says she has faint memories of her times with them. “Playback singers and actors met rarely so there are no memories as such, but I was still close to Meena Kumari and Nargis,” she says.
The calendar features actresses like Suraiya, Waheeda Rehman, Rekha, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan and Mumtaz.
Lata, known for songs like Aayega aanewaala and Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya, also spoke about the changing trends in the Hindi film industry.
“There has been a lot of change. I have been seeing the film industry since 1942. Then and now there is a lot of difference. Music is less, dance has increased, girls wear less clothes, but that sells now,” the popular singer says.