Debojit Saha: From contestant to star
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Debojit Saha: From contestant to star

When Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 winner returned to Silchar on February 26, little did he know what was in store.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 21:37 IST

It must be one of the most triumphant homecomings ever witnessed by a son of Assam.

When Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 winner Debojit Saha returned to Silchar on February 26, little did he know what was in store. "I have never seen anything like this," says Debojit.

"Kya nahin hua hai! I haven't slept for three days. It is all happening because of my guru and guide Ismail Durbarji who's with me."

     Debojit Saha on a roll

He admits he has never seen anything like this. "In Kolkata itself there were huge crowds waiting for me. But nothing had prepared me for what waited for me in my hometown Silchar.

"There were over one million people waiting since early morning - from the airport to my home 25 km away. We landed late. They remained waiting, hungry and anxious. I have never dreamt of seeing so many people waiting to see me!

"My own town has a population of just 800,000 to one million people. But people from other areas like Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur had converged at the airport.

"They walked and followed my car all the way. I could see as many people behind my car as in front. It took me more than seven hours to reach my home. Everywhere I could see only cheering people. I got scared. Anything could have happened," says Debojit.

He is in a trance. "Am I a star? I don't know. But I got a lot of love. I don't know about the rest of the world. But I am told such a thing has never happened in India before."

Assam is known for musician Bhupen Hazarika.

But Debojit says: "People say even he has never been given such adulation. When I said I couldn't go to some of the nearby towns, people came to my home in Silchar and threatened to immolate themselves. I chose not to sleep in the night to visit them.

"I visited three nearby towns, spent half an hour singing, talking. People smothered me with their love. I can't tell you how ecstatic I feel. Ismail-ji says this is simply madness. It's like going mad in love. Never in the wildest dreams had I imagined such adulation."

Debojit will perform at the Zee Film Awards in Mauritius.

"Next I'll perform at the Zee awards in Mauritius. My cup of joy is filled. Ismail Durbar-ji has made it possible for me. Today I feel so happy. I can give my wife the comforts that I always dreamt of."

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 17:50 IST