Many decades back the popular female playback singer Lata Mangeshkar raised the issue of playback singers’ share in the royalties.
Recognizing Rafi’s position as the leading male playback singer, she wanted him to back her in demanding a half-share from the 5 percent song royalty that the film’s producer conceded to select composers.
Lata’s contention was that, there was no way producers and music directors could deny this singing duo, the royalty.
Rafi stated that it is the producer who bets the money and the composer who creates the song, so his claim to the contribution of the song is compensated when the fees are paid.
Lata viewed his stand as a stumbling block on the royalty issue and stated that it is because of the singer’s name also that the records get sold.
This difference of opinion subsequently led to differences between the two.