When Lata Mangeshkar isn’t serenading audiences, the veteran singer says she enjoys watching horror films.
Even though she doesn’t watch a lot of TV, she admits that she caught the latest film in her favourite genre on the tube. Though she was all praise for Talaash (2012), she also feels there is a dearth of such movies. “Nowadays, there aren’t any good ghost films being made. The ones that are made have these horrific faces that are meant to scare people, but they only put me off,” she says, adding that she prefers movies like The Sixth Sense (1999), that “don’t depend on gimmicks to frighten the audience”. “I remember Madhumati (1958) too was about a ghost story. Vyjayanthimala was so pretty in the film. Even Lekin (1991), which starred Dimple Kapadia, didn’t use the help of any scary faces,” she adds.
‘I have watched every Hitchcock film’
Lata Mangeshkar’s love for cinema is not limited to Bollywood films alone. The octogenarian singer admits that she is a huge fan of iconic Hollywood filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock.
“I have watched each and every one of Hitchcock’s movies. I loved Gaslight (1944) especially. His movies have engaging stories and a superb pace. I loved Ingrid Bergman in that film. I remember Nargisji used to copy her. I once told her, ‘You are influenced by Ingrid in the manner of your style on screen’. She didn’t comment; just laughed it off,” says Mangeshkar. Among indigenous films, she prefers the light-hearted ones.
“I loved Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) and Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). The comedy was wonderful in both films. I even liked Sridevi in English Vinglish (2012). She was brilliant,” says Mangeshkar.
‘Aamir attempts new kinds of roles’
A fan of Aamir Khan’s films, Mangeshkar says that his last offering Talaash (2012) was one of his best. “I like the fact that Aamir attempts new kinds of roles and deals with different stories. He is very deeply involved in every aspect of filmmaking and is very particular. He doesn’t compromise on anything, which is great for any film.”
The veteran singer is all praises fro Khan’s co-actors in the film too. “Although Rani had a small role, her performance was commendable. She is a good actor. For Kareena, this role was different from the ones she has done in the past. She played it excellently and very convincingly.”