Ghulam Haider introduced Lata Mangeshkar to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working then on the movie Shaheed. But Mukherjee dismissed Mangeshkar’s voice as “too thin”.
An annoyed Haider responded that in coming years producers and directors would “fall at Lata’s feet” and “beg her” to sing in their movies. Haider gave Lata her first major break and the song became very famous.
In an interview on her 84th birthday, Lata Mangeshkar herself declared that:
Ghulam Haider is truly my Godfather. It was his confidence in me that he fought for me to tuck me into the Hindi Film Industry which otherwise had rejected me.
Ghulam Haider was the first music director who showed complete faith in my talent. He introduced me to many producers including S. Mukerji, a big name in film production, but when he too declined me, Ghulam Haider was very furious.