Thursday, September 20, 2007
Aneek Dhar, the winner of Zee Bangla's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa', was notoriously famous even before he decided to be a contestant in the international version of the show, Zee's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007'. This young talent from West Bengal is a favourite with many, but he apparently has one favourite, and we are all dying to find out who it is.
Do you think that the programme has provided you an identity?
Yes, it has. People now know me better. Many Bollywood music directors want me to sing for them. And I'm really grateful for such opportunities.
Who is the deserving winner of the show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'?
I don't know. Only the audience and the God can tell you. Personally, my vote goes to Amanat Ali. I love him very much and he's my best friend.
Would you like to make singing your career or will shift to some other field?
'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' has been my dream since my childhood. I had the opportunity to come to Mumbai only because of this programme, and I want to make this my career. I'm working hard for it but I need your blessings and love, too.
You already have won Zee Bangla's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. What do you expect from your loyal fans back in West Bengal?
West Bengal is my home and I received a lot of love from the people there. They expect me to win. I'm trying my best to keep their faith.
Have you received any offers from film directors from West Bengal?
Yes, Bappi Lahiriji has offered me to sing in a Bengali film. I have already sung some Bengali songs. My Bengali album will soon hit the market. I sang some title tracks for few Bengali serials. I have similar expectations from Mumbai, too.
You have met many Bollywood personalities on 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. Have any of them made you any offers?
No. Till now I have no such offer. But I'm happy that Salman Khan still recognizes me. He has asked someone about me, too. It's really beyond my expectation.
Your guru, Himesh, has complete faith in you. Has he offered you any any work?
He is the kind of person who will never offer anything on screen. If he feels that I can sing for him he'll call me up. I am confident that he'll offer me something someday.
You were already a controversial figure when you entered 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. What did you feel then?
I was really scared. The stage was then new to me and I had to prove myself. When Ismail Darbarji said, "you cannot step into a running vehicle", I was really tense. I even asked Aditya about what might happen next. And he inspired me by telling me that everything would be all right. Making an impact within a short period was really a challenge for me. But later on all gurus started loving me and I got the love of people, too.
You are the youngest among all the contestants. How is your relationship with the others?
All of them – Raja bhaiya, Amanat, Punam didi, Sumedha – love me very much. But Amanat loves me most.
Himesh has total faith in you but a few people think that your voice is still immature.
I hold all of them in high honour. I would like to sing better so that I can win their hearts, too. I'm still working on my voice quality. My friends as well as the audience think that my voice is suitable for Shahrukh Khan.
Himesh is trying to make you the damaad of Bappida's gharana. What is your opinion?
(starts laughing) It's true that Himeshji is trying to make me a groom for Bappi ji's gharana , but I have no such intention right now. I don't want to get involved in those matters. I want to concentrate on my singing.
Tell us, Aneek, are you really in love?
It's a secret and please let it be a secret. People will know the truth one day. But personally I can tell you that there's nothing like that…at least for the time being.