Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar today wished luck to Anil Kapoor for his upcoming film "Fanney Khan" and the actor said that the icon's response to the recently released song from the movie, "Achche Din", is "overwhelming".
The 61-year-old actor, who plays a musician in the Atul Manjrekar-directed movie, said he had sent the song to Mangeshkar's niece just to get her views on the music of the film and the fact that she liked the song means a lot to the whole team behind the project.
"I have been Lata ji's huge admirer since always. My entire family admires her. In the industry, she is the most respected person. When I heard 'Achhe Din', I felt after a longtime there was a song in which everything was coming together. I just instinctively sent the song to Lata ji's niece (Rachna),'' he said.
"It was really sweet of her that she tweeted the song. It means a lot. And when I called to thank her for the tweet she said, 'Take your words back. Don't thank me. You are a family.' She has always been our well-wisher. She has always been very supportive, encouraging and inspiring. I am overwhelmed by her response," Kapoor said.
Mangeshkar had called Kapoor a talented actor in her tweet, saying both he and brother Boney Kapoor were like a family to her.
"I wish Anil good luck for his new film," she wrote.
The actor said the music icon is one of the few people's he looks up to for appreciation.
"In every one's life there are only few people you look up to for appreciation. You can't please everyone. There are just few people who give you honest response if they like your work. When she honoured me with a Hridayanath Mangeshkar Award, it was really special," he added.
Kapoor has been a part of the some of the biggest musical hits of Hindi film industry like "1942: A Love Story", "Taal", "Viraasat" and "Pukar" but the actor says his only contribution in a movie's soundtrack is that he tries to give his best as a performer.
"Irshad Kamil and Amit Trivedi have created the songs and music for the film. As an actor, I try and give my best to the song and live up to everyone's expectations. I have been fortunate that I have got some really amazing songs as an actor. There are few songs I really like but they didn't become popular. It is too early to say anything but I love the music of this film. I was there as a performer to do whatever I could do,'' he said.
Namaskar. Anil Kapoor ji ek guni abhineta hain. Mere Anil ji aur Boney ji ke saath bahut acche aur pariwarik sambandh hai,une mata aur pita ji se bhi mere acche sambandh the. Main Anil ji ki nayi film ko bahut shubhkaamanayein deti hun. https://t.co/FLWF0IUJXt— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) July 20, 2018
"Fanney Khan" also features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Pihu Sand and Rajkummar Rao. It is the official remake of Oscar-nominated Dutch film "Everybody's Famous".
The film has been produced by T-Series, Anil Kapoor Films & Communications Network and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures. It will be released on August 3.
(With PTI Inputs)