ating me. From the moment Pancham
died I'm being stabbed in the back. My marriage has become a household topic, it
is being turned into a scandal. If I was a 16 year old I could have taken the
abuses and the accusations in my stride. But with my children and grandchildren
around the publicity has been disturbing.
What has promped the accusation that you weren't married to R.D.Burman?
Search me. People talk, it's not possible for me to shut everyone's mouth. But
I'm terribly unahppy... I'm upset.. that circumstances after his death have
forced me to display my marriage certificate. We didn't want to make a hungama
of our marriage. At our age, the groom couldn't have possibly come astride a
horse with a lot of band baaja. We couldn't have possibly hosted a big reception
at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Pancham and I were no coy, young couple. So we had a
very quiet ceremony, we had an Arya Samaj wedding and also a civil registrar
marriage. Thank God!! I have the marraige certificate with me now. Our close
friends and family members - Gogi Anand, Ramesh Behl, Sapan Chakroborty, Badal
Bhattacharya, my bhabhi Bharati and didi Lata Mangeshkar and my secretary
Babubhai were all there.
Why didn't you change your name to Mrs.Burman then?
He dissuaded me from changing my name. He said that Asha Bhosle had been very
lucky for me. He pointed out that Geeta Roy's career had nose dived once she
took on the name of Geeta Dutt.
Didn't Lata didi dissuade you from marrying R.D.Burman?
Not at all. We Mangeshkars follow the policy of non-interference. We're there if
we need one another.
What made you opt for a second marriage?
I wanted to stop tongues .....