‘Reality shows don’t guarantee success’

Sunidhi Chauhan says sheer talent is what sustains one in the industry

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Published: Mon 19 Apr 2010, 5:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:58 AM

Popular playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan does not feel that reality music shows can guarantee the winner success in Bollywood, though she herself appeared on the Hindi film scene thanks to a talent hunt on TV.

“I don’t think it’s got anything to do with singing. Success comes to you if you are talented and at the same time are seen and heard enough. I think reality shows give you this opportunity and platform. It can give you that initial visibility, but at the end of the day what sustains you is sheer talent,” Sunidhi said.

Sunidhi won the Meri Awaaz Suno music competition on Doordarshan in 1996 and later went on to sing Bollywood hits like Bhaage re mann (Chameli), Dhoom machale (Dhoom), and Beedi jaliale (Omkara) among many others.

The 26-year-old is now set to make her debut as a reality show judge on Indian Idol 5. And she says she won’t be judging the contestants only encouraging them.

So what will she be looking for in the contestants? “I’m going to try my level best for that one singer with the best playback singing voice. Singing would be my prime focus,” she said.

Sunidhi has sung around 2,000 songs in different languages and has no qualms in saying that she has no competition in the industry.

“I don’t consider anyone my competition in the industry. My voice and singing are unique to me and me alone,” Sunidhi said.

Any plans to explore other options in Bollywood like acting?

“I don’t think I can ever turn to acting. Singing is everything and the only thing for me,” she said.

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