The opportunities presented by reality shows are growing slowly but steadily. This time, three contestants from the ongoing season of the TV show
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Sensation
have recorded a song for the children’s movie,
. Two Pakistani boys, Khurram Iqbal and Ali Sher, and city girl Abhilasha Chellam recorded the song at Andheri’s Kailasa studio a few days ago.
Says director Vineet Khetrapal, “We noticed these kids during their performance on TV and decided instantly that their voice would be ideal for the song.” As for the young artistes, the experience was memorable. “Singing for a Bollywood movie was beyond my wildest expectations,” says Sher. “I still can’t believe I have sung for a movie where veterans like Asha Bhosle have also given music. Though initially it was tough, with time we learned to sing according to what music director Kaushik Dutta wanted.”
While Chellam, who was the runner up of
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
Marathi, has performed a wide variety of songs week after week, Iqbal, a self-professed Salman Khan fan, happened to audition for the show completely by chance. Says Iqbal, “When I was in Pakistan I always used to dream of meeting Salman Khan. I knew it would happen in India. In anticipation I bought a musallah (Muslim prayer rug) also. I gifted it to Salman when he came on the set of
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
. He even broke roza (Ramadan fast) with me that day.” Since the age of five, Iqbal has been under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Hamid Khan, Ustad Altaf Hussain and Ustad Abad Ali Khan. Sher joined the show through a wild-card entry and recently won the
Desh Ki Dhadkan
with the highest number of votes.