Indian Idol 6


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luving_gal_neha Senior Member

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I'VE heard that Karan Johar is interested,'' says Abhijeet Sawant, on the sets of C.I.D. It's 4 pm and the 24-year-old singer is making his nth guest appearance on a prime time television show. His designers have been instructed to keep Shah Rukh Khan in mind when they style his wardrobe. At the studio in suburban Mumbai, Sawant has few speaking lines and is rather wooden when the lights come on, but that's something everyone is willing to overlook. When they break after two hours, Sawant wants chai and Glucose biscuits. ''He doesn't have any hang-ups,'' says Shivaji Satam, ACP Pradyuman in the crime serial, who was one of 55 million voters who helped Sawant snag the Indian Idol title in March.
These days, Sawant hops from TV appearances (Jassi, C.I.D and Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai) to dance rehearsals and live shows (he travels 12 days a month). ''Acche paise mil rahen hain,'' says the singer, who charges between Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh per show. He says he's already received three Bollywood offers, the latest being a comic role alongside Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's son Riteish. ''It's a big production,'' he adds, letting each word roll off his tongue slowly. Next HIS family complains that Sawant doesn't spend any time at home. ''He used to hover around me all the time or play cricket right here,'' says mother Manisha, who misses feeding him kheema and Konkan fish curry. It's one of those rare days when Sawant is in town (still in bed because of another late night), at his Shahunagar residence in Mahim. Here, the buildings rest cheek by jowl, and the lanes turn neatly at right angles. There's a splash of blue and orange amidst all that grey—a six-foot poster of the man staring down from his second floor balcony.

What works
The blonde streaks
The floral-print shirts
What doesn't
The tapori Hindi
No time for riyaaz

''If he wasn't a singer, he'd probably be a sound recordist,'' says father Sridhar, a municipal superintendent in charge of rent recovery and other property issues. But he ensured that Sawant had a BCom degree as back-up before he ventured into showbiz. Uncle Sanjay, well-known in the stage show circuit with an orchestra to his name, trained Sawant before his big break and has been an important influence. ''One day, the Sawant family should earn a name like the Mangeshkars,'' dreams Manisha.

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luving_gal_neha Senior Member

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 4:08am | IP Logged
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www.indianexpress.comIn the one bedroom apartment, one flaky wall is covered with a large Indian Idol poster, and images of Sawant peep out of several frames from every corner of the tiny living room. The meaning of publicity has sunk in for the family, as TV crews regularly drop in for a quick byte. There have been others too. One irate father, for instance, walked in insisting that the Idol marry his daughter after Sawant signed the girl's autograph. ''Another man came with his daughter's biodata and photograph, but I sent him away telling him that my son will marry only after three years,'' says Manisha, who's already zeroed in on a bride. Finally, Sawant's up and after a quick breakfast of chapati and home-made mango pickle, is ready for work. ''I always drive myself,'' he says, backing up his metallic grey Honda City. Some children playing cricket on a makeshift pitch in front of his house yell, ''Ei Abhijeet''. Another group saunters in for a closer look. As he drives out of the lanes, children run after his car, banging on the sides, yelling for attention. He's treated differently at home too. ''I'm mostly soft-spoken, like my mother, but now I get angry sometimes when I'm being dominated,'' he says breaking into tapori Hindi, ''Aajkal thoda zyaada fame ho gaya hai na.'' THE next day, Sawant learns some moves at choreographer Ganesh Acharya's dance academy for a live show in Delhi. Stepping outside for a breather, Sawant is sure he can't handle the fast steps to match the edgy notes in Dum. ''I can't dance,'' says Sawant. But he's loose limbed and moves easily on the dance floor. A dance instructor calls out over Sandeep Chowta's vocals, ''Glide, 1-2-3 stop, lift shoulder.'' Dancers in ganjees and tracks lounge around watching Sawant with a critical eye. It's his first day at the rehearsals. ''Arre, he's got good pick-up,'' mumbles one long-haired dancer, as Sawant preens and practises in front of the mirrored walls. The crowds will lap it up.

Sawant has started looking beyond his two-year contract with Sony, but is still fixated with his idol. ''I'd like to be where Sonuji (Nigam) is today.''





Shama Senior Member

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 4:10am | IP Logged

Hey Garima, Gr8 to have u back!!!

Thhikana, u owe me a cake, honey!!!!!

By the way, I think Abhijeet shud've sang the CID theme or something. LOL

With due respect to his acting talents, he shud continue to sing only....Embarrassed

Shredz Senior Member

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 4:48am | IP Logged
luving_gal_neha, what did u mean by that comment about feeling pitty for the aussies? cuz it certainly didn't seem to be very nice....
Shama Senior Member

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 5:02am | IP Logged
Yaaron, sun lo!

Indian Idol finalists rocked the capital over the weekend. For the first time, all the 11 contestants (Abhijeet Sawant, Amit Sana, Prajakta Shukre, Aditi Paul, etc) came together for a show in New Delhi which also happened to be their first ticketed show.

Each Idol finalist sang a solo number as well as the group track Yaaron dosti. The host for the show was Mini Mathur and also had Angad (Mohammed Iqbal Khan) and Kripa (Neha Bamb) of Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai perform.

Mona 'Jassi' Singh was also present. Sony will telecast the show on June 19 at 8 pm which will also be the premiere of the Idol music video Yaaron Dosti.

Shama Senior Member

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 5:06am | IP Logged
  I have stopped being emotional
   By: Shaheen Parkar
   June 4, 2005

DOMESTIC APPEAL: Aditi Paul with husband Suchintya Majumdar 
Pic: Pradeep Dhivar
Indian Idol finalist Aditi Paul-Majumdar (that's how she wants to be referred to post marriage) has shifted base from Kolkata to Mumbai to pursue a career in playback singing.

Best remembered as the most lively and emotional Idol contestant (tears and laughter were a constant in every round), Aditi is "learning to survive in the city."

More importantly "understanding how people operate here, especially in the music industry." In all this, Aditi, has gained oodles of confidence and has undergone a transformation as she tells us…

I've changed a lot post Indian Idol
Viewers remember me as the girl who would be overtly emotional in front of the camera. Whatever I felt, I displayed immediately; I was spontaneous. But now I have learnt to be more controlled. I am learning to be a celebrity. I am more restrained now and have stopped being emotional in public. I am learning to hide my feelings.

My husband Suchintya Majumdar is not into music
He is a literature teacher. At present, he is in Mumbai as it is vacation time. But he is extremely supportive of my decision to set base here. I delayed marriage due to the Idol. I never imagined myself reaching the last 10. I was supposed to have been married in January but was eventually married post the Idol final round on March 12.

Suchintya was a year senior to me in college at the Vishwa Bharti University, Shantiniketan.

We were both students of the English department. So, it was a college romance. I must say that I owe a lot to the varsity. What's unique is that the Prime Minister is the chancellor of the university, so all the happenings are sent to the PM's office!

On the playback front
I have been approached by Shandesh Shandilya and Anand Raj Anand. I am on a two- year contract with Sony. I have just recorded a romantic track for Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin and a Bollywood number for Kkusum.

Setting up house
I have rented a place in Malad as most of the recording studios are in that end of town. Everything is so new for me. Besides my singing, I have to look after the house, too, but I am enjoying the experience of taking decisions and doing everything on my own. I have just set up house and hope to buy a car in the next couple of months.

I don't want to do too many stage shows
Post Idol, I have been travelling all over the country for stage shows. I am cautiously going slow on this front as I feel an overdose of it strains my voice. Once or twice a week is more than enough.

It's not that I lacked the X factor

It must have shocked people to see me transform from this bespectacled, salwar-kameez wearing girl in the auditions  to a more urban avatar. Farah Khan had told me to go in for a makeover before I arrived in Mumbai.

But it was not that I was lacking in the X factor. I did not pay attention to my appearance as I believed there were looking for the voice. later I realised that the entire packaging is also a big plus. Prior to the Idol, I was only into Rabindra Sangeet; which has a distinct gayaki. Yet, I still believe that it is your talent that will take you through. Like it did for me in the Idol.

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 7:25am | IP Logged
I'm glad the Aussies lost. Big smile
luving_gal_neha Senior Member

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Posted: 19 June 2005 at 7:57am | IP Logged

Originally posted by Shredz

luving_gal_neha, what did u mean by that comment about feeling pitty for the aussies? cuz it certainly didn't seem to be very nice....

Am SORRY!! But u have taken it otherwise.......I meant am feelin bad for them....... Said in a diff way!! I'll edit my post for u!!

I am honestly sorry and did not mean wot u said!!!Cry

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