On April 18 one of them will become Indian Idol-II and win prize money of whopping Rs 1 crore.
Anuj, Sandeep and Karunya may not know who will become the next Abhijeet Sawant but they have plans how to utilise the moolah.
“Playback singing,” the trio says in unison adding that this platform is just a beginning.
The prize money
“I want to be an international fame rock star and learn Hindustani Sangeet,” says Karunya. World-tour with parents is on the agenda for Sandeep who also wants to set up his own recording studio and gift a flat to his father on seaside. “Establishing a full-fledged recording studio with latest technology is a dream project for me and I will achieve it,” says a confident Anuj who has done a course on sound recording and has developed a project for it.
“When I was 17, my aunt offered me to sing in a party. I was nervous but when I sung Chaha hai tujhko (from Maan). This transformed my life and I started learning vocal classical. I joined a musical group and started stage performance,” says Sandeep Acharya.
NC Karunya, who put his engineering on hold after completing two years, wants to complete it and even PG in it. “For the last 10 years I have been learning Carnatic music and since last 5 years I am very much in it,” he says. The 19-year-old has a passion for dancing which he says is his “first love”.
In school days Anju used to sing just for this elder brother. “Brother advised me to take up music as I reached college and then I did BA, MA in vocal music and then MA in Bhaskar. I used to sing folk songs and have 25-odd albums and five videos in HP. Then I came to Delhi and did the sound recording course,” he says.
“After a performance I stood up to meet Abhishek Bachchan, I got a push and fumbled. The helping hand I got was of Chota B and I was stunned. ‘I have heard about you’ was the compliment of my life,” says Karunya who has some similar like AB’s baby. “He introduced me to the person behind him and I saw ‘God’ standing in front of me. It was Amitji.”
Sandeep is fan of Rafi and Kishore but “when I meet my idol Sonu Nigam whom I admire most it was a big moment for me. I consider that to the biggest moment of life.”
Being voted out of the Indian Idol-II in piano round was heart breaking for Anuj. “Dejected, I returned to HP and started planning for my studio project and one day I got a call for re-entry on wild card. It was like winning the title for me. And, here I am… in last three.”
Sridevi is first crush of Karunya. “Now, I have started liking Rani Mukherjee but still given an option, I will prefer Sridevi more,” he says with a naughty laughter. “Presently I am just concentrating on singing,” is a one-line answer from Anuj.
“Crush? Me?” Sandeep says it’s not necessary that everyone had some crush. But with a glitter in his eye he quips, “Maybe it comes my way soon.”