Sunny Hindustani, the shoeshine boy from Bathinda in Punjab, bagged Bollywood projects even before he was announced the winner of “Indian Idol 11”. During the course of the singing reality show, his choice of songs was mostly the ones sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The “bhakt” (devotee) of the late legendary Sufi vocalist-musician would like to take a step forward, if he gets the chance, and give a fresh twist to Khan’s songs in films, too.
Many drew comparisons between him and the late singer when he participated in the recently concluded show. Sunny modestly underplays such talk, and insists he is “nothing” in comparison. “One thing makes me happy that my name is associated with a legendary singer like him. I don’t deserve it though. I can’t be like him but I would like to earn a name like him. I am not his fan but a ‘bhakt’,” Sunny told IANS here after his victory.
With recreations being the current flavour of Bollywood, would he like to come up with his own version of Khan’s songs for a film? “His famous ones are already out like ‘Mere rashke qamar’ and ‘Sanu ek pal chain naa aave’. I will have to look for the song if an opportunity comes like this. I will see the film’s situation and select the song accordingly,” said the young singer.