Reality shows have become a huge part of our life in the 21st century. Earlier, to take up music as a profession one had to face a lot of challenges and struggles and even then it was not easy to secure a place in the industry as a playback singer. However, with the advent of this concept of a reality show, yesterday's dream for many has become today's reality. With shows like “
Indian Idol” , “
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” and others conducting auditions all over India, many people over the years, irrespective of their background or status, has got a fair chance to showcase their talent. As a result, Bollywood has gained its much-needed army of talented youngsters who have taken the industry by a storm. The following is a list of singers who rose from reality shows and without whom the Bollywood fraternity will remain incomplete:-
The “go to” man of Bollywood whose soulful rendition of “Tum hi ho” has made him the heartthrob of millions across the world. He took the platform of
Fame Gurukul to launch his musical career. He went on to become the 2nd runner up. Although his stint at the show gained him quite some attention, it was not until “Ashique 2”, that his career gained momentum and soared high. We may not remember Fame Gurukul but Bollywood and we, the fans will be in debt to the show, for giving us Mr. Singh who redefined romance through his music.
One of the leading female singers in Bollywood, who brings life and soul to songs through her melodious voice, rose from “Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”. She came 1st in the show, in the year 2000. With 4 Filmfare Awards in her bag, Shreya is winning accolades with every venture of her’s. “Sa Re ga Ma Pa” sure has gifted Bollywood with one of the most promising and sought after female singers of present times.
The powerhouse of Bollywood, crunching successive hits with her strong vocals, was the winner of “
Meri Awaz Suno“ in 1996. Starting as a kid in the industry, Sunidhi soon made a name for herself and quickly became the ‘reliable hit machine’ of Bollywood.
The Bong sweetheart from “Indian Idol” impressed the judges with her beautiful pitch and soft voice. So her elimination from Top 8 came as a shock to many. However, her career was far from over. With “
Dhoom”, came her first break, after which there was no turning back. Her future definitely looks bright after this promising head-start.
Faridi came into limelight through “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” 2010. He was in the Top 18. He also participated in “Music Ka Maha Muqabla”. With hits like “Aaj Ibaadat”, “Mann Kunto Maula” to his name, Faridi is on a roll.
6. Toshi Sharib
The 2007 participant of “Amul Star Voice of India”, Toshi shot to fame with his groovy numbers from “
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, “
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” & “Houseful 3”. He also participated in “Jo Jeetah Wohi Superstar” and “Ustadon ka Ustaad”. Toshi along with his brother Sharib, who was a “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” contestant have packed a number of hits and the promising duo sure has a long way to go.
Harshdeep rose to fame when she won the reality show “Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka.” She has made her own niche in the industry with hits like “Katiya Karun”, “Ik Onkar” and “Kabira”. With her recent music tour in the UAE, Harshdeep is surely on a musical high. We say “Go, Girl!”
One of the talented Mohan sisters, Neeti, rose to fame with her win at “Channel V Popstars”. Thereafter, with her hit number “
Ishq Wala Love” from “Student of the year”, she made a smashing entry into Bollywood and her song “Jiya Re” further consolidated her place in the music industry.
Antara started her music career on the stage of ”Indian Idol 2”. Although, she did not get lucky with the show, nevertheless this exposure gained her recognition. Since then she has worked with the who’s who of the industry and bagged accolades for the hit numbers like “Bheegi si Bhaagi si”, ”Saree Ke Fall Sa” and more.
Irfan participated in shows like “Amul Star Voice of India” & “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” whereafter he got his break in Bollywood with songs like “Banjara and Baarish”. He was noticed by S.P. Balasubramanium Sir himself, who referred him to none other than A.R.Rahman and ever since there was no looking back for Irfan.