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Abhijeet on music and marriage

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

We have heard you are coming out with your new album soon?
Yes you heard right. It will be my third individual album and will be a surprise for people. You are definitely going to see a different Abhijeet Sawant from what you have seen before. The music company Sony BMG has worked a lot on my appearance and look. I look a mature singer with stronger singing skills. The music is composed by Mithoon Sharma. The work is finished and at present we are working on the title.

Which are the films other than Aashique Banaya Apne, you have play backed in?
Well, I play backed for Jawani Diwani and also for Naughty Boy which starred Rahul Roy. I have also sung for 'Mumbai.com' which is ready for release. Then there were also 2-3 Marathi films and also one Nepali film.

So, what have you been up to post winning the Indian Idol title in 2005?
For every singer the main source of work and of course income too, comes from live shows. Post winning the Indian Idol, my first year was totally packed. Sometimes I used to come home once in two months. I have done shows in almost every country of the world. Say, bigger places like US, UK, Canada and smaller ones like Maldives, Bangladesh&Nepal. The response was phenomenal when I was with Himesh Reshammiya. I was with him for one and a half months.

You will be releasing your 3rd album after 2 years. Why did it take too long?
Well, from the beginning I have decided not to rush anything. This exhausts the energy within. Generally in India the life of a pop singer is not more than 3-4 years because they lose the exclusivity. I just don't want to hog limelight. In a way to retain exclusivity I am going to maintain a gap of two years while releasing my new albums.

Did you act in any TV shows?
Frankly speaking I got many offers from TV producers but I am not interested in television at all. In the beginning, i.e post Indian Idol some producers were trying to just en-cash on my new found popularity. But yes, if something interesting comes from Bollywood I am definitely going to consider it seriously.Otherwise I am very much busy in my singing career now.

To what extent you were benefited from Indian Idol?
I had never ever thought of such popularity. You know my first album 'Yaron' had sold over 10 lakh copies worldwide. It was like getting name and fame in a drastic way. Otherwise before Indian Idol, for four years, I was struggling hard to get work.

Abhijeet, none of winners or contestants of Indian Idol 2 is in news. Do you think you were lucky enough because you were the first Indian Idol?
Obviously! I was definitely very lucky to be the fist Indian Idol. I am very grateful to God for this.

Instead of concentrating on your singing career you took up this RJ's job on Big 92.7 FM. What is your focus exactly?
Oh it was just out of curiosity. I was always curious to see what RJs do and how they perform. It was a three-month contract with BIG FM which has ended recently. I would say that it helped me to enhance the structure of my voice and also added value to my personality. In facts radio helps in attracting people and we artists come closer to our fans. Even I used to get SMS from audience saying they are waiting for my show. Altogether it was a wonderful experience. Talking about my focus, it definitely is singing.

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