By Shefali Jha Last Updated:
We know him as the singer with the most melodious voice, we know him as the ‘Baadshah of Romantic Voice’, we know him as the man who has given us some immortal love songs; but little do we know about the romance story of the man, Udit Narayan, himself.
And while we would all expect his love life to be as smooth and dreamy as his voice, the reality is far from that. Yes, you read that right. Our very own Udit Narayan’s married life has seen a series of turbulences, legal tussles and public outcry. Don’t believe us? Read on.
Udit, born as Udit Narayan Jha, hails from Bihar but shifted to Nepal with his father and mother. It was in Nepal that Udit had his first tryst with singing. The young lad with a melodious voice had been picked to work as a staff singer for a Nepali radio show, Radio Nepal. His harmonious voice helped him bag a scholarship which led him to Mumbai where he started struggling for singing projects. Rajesh Roshan was the first person who spotted his talent and gave him his first chance. And from there on there was no looking back for the man with the voice which could even melt hearts.
It was in 1984 that Udit Narayan tied the knot for the first time, with a woman named Ranjana who hailed from Bihar. Since Udit had not made a name for himself back then, his marriage did not receive any limelight. Once he shifted to Mumbai and fortune kissed his forehead, he never looked back. Not even at his wife who kept waiting for her husband to return and take her with him to their new home.
Barely two years since his marriage, Udit found love in the arms of another woman. Deepa Gahatraj, who happened to be from Nepal and was trying her luck in Bollywood, came across Udit and the duo soon struck a rapport which made them take the next step. Towards the end of the year, Deepa and Udit tied the knot, without Udit having procured a divorce from his first wife. Whether Deepa knew about Ranjana’s whereabouts when she tied the knot still remains a mystery.
The couple had a son within one year of their marriage and named him Aditya Narayan, who now happens to be a well known singer in Bollywood himself.
It was in 2006 that Udit Narayan’s first love came back to haunt him. Udit had booked a room in a luxury hotel in Patna for a night when Ranjana forcefully entered the hotel with a string of media reporters and despite several warnings did not leave Udit’s room. She claimed that she was Udit’s first wife and that he had married another woman without having informed her or having taken a divorce from her. She had said:
“I have come here to seek justice. He kept me in the dark about his second marriage with Deepa, also a playback singer, for years, and now I have come to seek my rightful place.”
On being asked about why she raised furore after so many years, Ranjana said to The Hindu,
“Whenever I threatened to go public about our marriage, he silenced me with threat of committing suicide. Now I have no fears and I will take legal recourse.”
Udit claimed that this was a conspiracy planned to malign him. He once told PTI:
“I don’t know this woman and I have never met her before. These are just the attempts to malign me. I had received threatening calls four or five years ago but I did not pay heed to them. I was under the impression that this was a common occurrence with artists.”
Udit’s statement where he called Ranjana “some lady” hurt her deeply and she decided to fight him on this. The very next day of Udit having made the statement, Ranjana showed a series of photographs and documents to prove that she indeed was married to Udit. She also went to the State Women Commission and showed the legal documents which had the name of Udit as her husband. Ranjana said to The Hindu:
“I possess all photographs of the marriage solemnised at my house. How can Udit marry another woman without divorcing me?"
The Women Commission issued a summon to Udit to present a clarification in front of Ranjana and accept his misdeeds. However, Udit decided not to show up. Ranjana said:
“He told me that his second wife, Deepa, is very clever and has transferred all his property in her name and that he was under tremendous pressure. But I told him that I only want my rights and respect as your wife, nothing more. I do not want money.”
Meanwhile, the Women’s Commission kept sending him summons which he paid no heed to. When the State Women Commission put an embargo on the singer’s visit to any place outside India, Udit decided to go for an out-of-court settlement. Post all of this, the couple met at a place and had a meeting that lasted for over four hours. Almost three months since the legal tussle had ensued, Udit publically acknowledged his first wife:
“I, Udit Narayan, son of Harekrishna Narayan Jha, has accepted Ranjana as his wife and agreed to provide for her maintenance and upkeep.”
Ranjana confessed in a media interaction:
“I have no complaint or grievances against the singer’s wife, Deepa Narayan, and their son Aditya… I have got what a wife should have. I have not settled for any monetary allowance from the singer. He has agreed to keep me with him. It was a family matter and our differences have been sorted out. He has agreed to keep me as wife along with Deepa.”
Post the debacle, Udit had said:
“My career dipped after the scandal. Before the scandal I was blameless. Suddenly people became suspicious of me. But that’s over and done with now.”
Last heard, both Ranjana and Deepa share an amicable relationship. The former and current wife not only go shopping together but also take small vacations together along with Udit. Wow! Now that’s some high-level yaarana. Won’t you say?