From Neha Kakkar to Monali Thakur: Check out Indian Idol contestants who carved a niche for themselves in Bollywood
Sreeram Chandra and Rahul Vaidya are other such names who made their career in playback singing.
These Indian Idol contestants have made it big in Bollywood
Indian Idol is a popular singing reality television show that first aired on television screens in 2004. It was one of the first singing reality shows in India and represented talent spanning across the country. People would try their luck in the hope of making a career out of singing and Indian Idol was a step toward that direction. Over the years, the reality series has brought out talent that has proved their prowess and made the audience fall in love with their melodious voices. From Neha Kakkar to Rahul Vaidya, here are some of the past Indian Idol contestants who have made it big in Bollywood.
The very influential playback singer, Neha Kakkar began her career on the sets of Indian Idol. She was a contestant in Season 2 in 2005 but could not win the series trophy. Her ambition didn't stop at that and she released her album, Neha the Rock Star in 2008, with music composed by the Meet brothers. That marked the beginning of her journey. She eventually went on to become one of the most celebrated singers of our time who has given her voice to some of the most melodious songs such as Mile Ho tum, oh Hamsafar and Maahi Ve. Her debut song was Hai Rama, in the film, Meerabai Not Out in 2008.
Monali is another singing sensation who began her career in Indian Idol. She, too, was a contestant on Indian Idol Season 2 along with Neha in 2005. She hails from an established singing family. Her father Shakti Thakur is a well-known Bengali singer. After struggling to make a career in singing, she finally got her breakthrough when music composer Pritam chose her to lend her voice for Khwaab Dekhe and Zara Zara Touch Me in 2008, three years after her Indian Idol stint was over. These songs got her the fame and recognition that she deserved and later went on to sing other popular songs such as Cham Cham and Moh Moh Ke Dhaage. She even bagged the Filmfare Award for Sawaar Loon in Lootera.
Rahul Vaidya last appeared in the Bigg Boss house. He has now become an internet sensation but the youngster started his career in Indian Idol. He featured in the first season and bagged the third position in the maiden season, while his counterpart Abhijeet Sawant bagged the title. Rahul has released a number of music videos in his career of more than fifteen years such as Yaad Teri, Shayad Fir Se and Dilbar Mere. He made his singing debut with the song Hello Madam in the film Shaadi No. 1 in 2005. He has sung several melodious songs in Bollywood such as Be Intehaan, Chunar, Chunar and Meri Zindagi.
Sreeram was the winner of Indian Idol Season 5 in 2010. He went on to receive many Bollywood offers and has lent his voice for songs spanning different languages such as Hindi, Telugu and Marathi. He made his singing debut with the song Jimbo Jimbo from the movie One in Telugu. He made his Hindi debut with the song Madhubala in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). He last gave his voice to the song Mere Dholna in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 which became popular.
Anatara Mitra is another gem that came out of Indian Idol Season 2 along with Neha and Monali in 2005. Anatara was quite popular on the reality television series but had to wait for five years to get her breakthrough in Bollywood. She finally made her debut with the song, Loving You in the movie Speed in 2007. She received recognition after she lent her voice to Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si from Rajneeti. The breakthrough landed her many other offers and she later sung the numbers, Beshuba, Geru and Shona.
Last Updated: 07.43 PM, Sep 13, 2022