As we predicted on August 23, budding singer Vipul Mehta from Amritsar, won season six of the reality show, Indian Idol, on Saturday night. Thrilled to bits, the young artiste says, “I desperately needed to win. I was trying to make it in the music industry, and Indian Idol has given me the perfect platform. Now, all the hard work, support from the audience and jury has finally paid off. I have waited for this moment for years. I am on cloud nine.”
Vipul was awarded a cash prize of R50 lakh, along with a car and a motorcycle. He plans to gift the car to his 83-year-old grandfather. “He has been a huge support and has a sacrificed a lot for me. When I wanted to try my luck as a singer in Mumbai, he stayed with me, accompanied me to my music lessons and cooked for me as well,” he says.
However, his grandfather couldn’t make it for the grand finale. “The audience has no place to sit and I didn’t want him to stand for hours. So he stayed back in Amritsar and watched the show live along with my other family members and friends.”
Vipul’s plans also include buying a car and a studio for himself. But for now, he is just looking forward to taking a break and celebrating his victory with his friends.In the near future, the 22-year-old will also shift base to Mumbai from Amritsar to pursue a career as a playback singer. Ask him if he is worried about getting forgotten, like most winners on the show in the past have, and he says, “Abhijeet Sawant is very popular and has many projects in hand. After Indian Idol, you have to chart your career carefully. Winning is not the end of the road. I will have to utilise this victory and make a place for myself in the industry.”