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Darjeeling’s idol is India’s voice

That the Indian Idol contest has found a winner and a runner-up from places that most Indians will find difficult to locate on the map, tells a nice story.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2007 22:02 IST

Prashant Tawang from Darjeeling is this year’s Indian Idol. His competition was Amit Paul, a Shillong boy. That the Indian Idol contest has found a winner and a runner-up from places that most Indians will find difficult to locate on the map, tells a nice story. In its third edition, this popular reality show showcased a brand of regional loyalty that had a better connect than the hunt for talent itself. We saw this being replicated in another ‘talent’ show, Fame Gurukul, not too long ago, with Kashmiri lad Qazi Touqeer’s being declared by the pollsters as India’s best.

So is there too much of a song’n’dance being made over these reality talent-hunt shows. Yes, and rightfully so. Tawang has won a Maruti SX4 car, as well as a Rs 1 crore contract with Sony. But will this remain his ‘15 minutes of fame’ or will he be the first to break the contest winner’s jinx? Earlier winners like Abhijeet Sawant, Sandeep Acharya and Touqeer, too, had been full of hope, believing that their popular victory would be a stepping stone to a flourishing playback singing career in Mumbai’s studios. But these ex-winners aren’t heard of — never mind heard — much today.

It’s Tawang’s turn now. He can sing. But does the boy from West Bengal have the talent required to really change his fortunes? We certainly hope so.