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How singer Parmish Verma rose to stardom in Punjab

His big break came with the video “Zimmewari Bhukh Te Doori”, which shows the story of an adolescent boy. In the video, Verma describes the hard time he faced while living in Australia and also talks about the advice given to him by Gurikk Maan, son of legendary Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan.

punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2018 08:59 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Showcasing the struggles faced by Punjabi boys while trying to settle abroad and earning their livelihood by doing odd jobs is a subject close to Verma. (Instagram photo)

Now a well-known face in the Punjabi pop industry, with hits like ‘Gaal ni kaddni’ and ‘Shada’, Parmish Verma, 31, a Patiala-born boy, has risen to the top after a lot of struggle.

After failing a hotel management course in Sydney, Australia, Verma returned to India in 2008 and started pursuing his passion — singing and making videos.

He appeared in Punjab Bolda, a 2011 Punjabi movie, and initially directed videos for newcomers trying to find their feet in the Punjabi music industry. He became popular after his videos for singer-turned-actor Ninja did well. He played the role of an angry villain in these videos.

His big break came with the video “Zimmewari Bhukh Te Doori”, the story of an adolescent boy. In the video, Verma describes his struggle in Australia and also talks about the advice that Gurikk Maan, son of legendary Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan, gave to him. The Verma family is close to the Maans.

Showcasing the struggles that Punjabi boys face while trying to settle abroad and earning their livelihood by doing odd jobs is a subject close to Verma. He often refers to his days in Australia in videos. With numerous hits to his credit, Verma has also opened his own production house -- Parmish Verma Films. His tie-up and friendship with music composer duo ‘Desi Crew’ has made them a successful team.

A gym enthusiast, Verma is open about his personal life on social media and takes to Snapchat regularly and has a huge following on Instagram.

Father is a retired professor

He completed his schooling from Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, and has a younger brother. He is son of Dr Satish Verma, a retired professor from Punjabi department of Punjabi University. Verma’s family belongs to Sunam (district Sangrur). They moved to Patiala when his father got posted in Patiala. His father, Satish Kumar Verma is also a theatre director and playwright. Parmish worked as a child artist in his father’s plays. His father is well-known in the state’s literary circles and is the master of ceremonies at most events.

First Published: Apr 14, 2018 15:17 IST