Indian Idol 11 Winner: Bathinda’s Sunny Hindustani, who mostly sang Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s songs in the reality show, has won the trophy and the prize money of Rs 25 lakh, a car and a singing contract with T-series. Earlier, Sunny Hindustani used to polish boot.
Sunny was born in 1998 in Amarpura Basti, Bathinda, Punjab. He was fond of singing since his childhood. Sunny did his schooling from Bathinda’s Government senior secondary school. While in school, he participated in various cultural and annual functions. However, Sunny dropped out school after completing his 6th standard and started performing at various events and functions in his locality and nearby villages. After observing his passion for singing, his father gifted him a Tabla and Harmonium.
In 2014, his father passed away due to prolonged illness. After his father’s death, Sunny took the responsibilities of his family and started working as a boot polisher. He said his mother had raised her with great difficulty. The people used to curse us as they used to come asking for their money, he said. Sunny has been singing since he was seven years old. He said that when he used to sing, the people used to ask him to sing in Dargah and then the people started recognizing him.
Sunny’s soul had mesmerised the judges and audience. He had sung Afreen Afreen in the auditions. He had received the standing ovation from former Indian Idol judge Anu Malik who even said that he felt as if Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was performing himself. Sunny’s audition video had gone viral on social media after Anand Mahindra shared it on his profile.
On finale night, he sang a medley of songs that included Mere Rashke Qamar and Halka Halka Suroor. Meanwhile, Ayushmann Khurrana had got emotional after watching Sunny’s journey on screen. He said, “We actors are very self-obsessed. We feel our struggle is huge and it is best. For where he (Sunny) comes, the talent he has, I think his mother is very rich.”
Meanwhile, Rohit Raut was the first runner-up while Ankona Mukherjee was the second runner-up. Both Rohit and Ankona got Rs 5 lakh each. Ridhima Kalyan and Adriz Ghosh who were fourth and fifth, respectively, took 3 lakh each.