Indian Idol eleven winner Sunny Hindustani used to be once a shoeshiner, his audition left Anand Mahindra emotional

Indian Idol eleven winner Sunny Hindustani used to be once a shoeshiner, his audition left Anand Mahindra emotional

Even Indian Idol eleven winner Sunny Hindustani would now not have imagined how his life would flip round in simply a span of a couple of month. The shoeshiner from Punjab walked into the auditions of Indian Idol closing yr and started his trip from rags to riches and country wide love and acclaim.

On Sunday, Sunny was once topped winner of the hit singing fact show. However, the winner’s trophy and Rs 25 lakh prize money isn’t all that he is taking home with him. Sunny’s story has stimulated followers all over the usa who took to social media to congratulate him. “What a story. This is known as The Indian Idol dream,” wrote one fan. Even Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh sent his wishes. “Happy about gifted #Punjab boy #SunnyHindustani prevailing the #IndianIdolGrandFinale. @sunny_singer11 you have made us all proud. Congratulations and wishing you all the success ahead,” he tweeted.

Sunny commenced raking in followers and followers ever since he made his debut on the show. His audition tape was shared with the aid of Anand Mahindra on Diwali in October, which went viral. “Diwali is the ideal day to analyze about people who Rise. A friend sent me this announcing he was once in tears looking at it. Find the complete clip on YouTube & I assignment you to continue to be dry-eyed. TV & social media have done us a outstanding service: Discovering brain in the humblest locations,” Mahindra had tweeted.

In his audition video, co-judge Neha Kakkar asks Sunny what he does for a living. Sunny tells the judges that he is a shoeshiner while his mom sells balloons in Punjab. “It would damage me so much to watch my mom beg people for rice,” he had said. “I would sing whilst shining shoes and usually notion to myself that I will make some thing of myself,” he added. After his introduction, Sunny auditioned with a gorgeous rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Afreen Afreen and launched himself into the hearts of his fans.

Sunny’s family lives in a two-room residence with a makeshift kitchen at Amarpura Basti, a instead dingy locality of the city. Talking to Hindustan Times in October, Sunny’s mom had stated he was once inclined closer to tune and singing from childhood and she and her husband never discouraged him.

“Recognising Sunny’s activity in the music, his father had even talented him a harmonium,” she said. “He himself applied for Indian Idol audition in Chandigarh. I am completely satisfied that his talent is being recognised. After the loss of life of Sunny’s father we had a debt of around Rs 2.50 lakh. We had to sell our house and bought land here and by some means managed to construct two rooms. The strength connection was once disconnected after we could not savings the electricity bill,” she said.


Sunny told HT he was fond of track proper from childhood and would sing at spiritual events. “Our family used to go to a religious vicinity in Sangria in Rajasthan the place qawwalis have been sung via artists. I liked qawwalis of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. When I was once eleven years old, I used to be singing in a street and some human beings recognized my brain and made me sing on the stage,” he said.

“My father Nanak Ram used to be also a singer and used to sing in festivals without sharpening shoes outdoor the bus stand. After his death in 2014, I took up the boot sprucing work to feed the family. I had to drop out of college after Class 6. But I continued to practise music at home,” he added.


He soon grew to become one of the most beloved contestants on the show for his humble mindset and gorgeous singing skills. In December, he even made his playback singing debut with Emraan Hashmi’s movie The Body. Sunny lent his voice to the music Rom Rom.

On getting an possibility to sing in the film, Sunny had said: “I don’t have adequate phrases to thank Indian Idol and Vishal Dadlani sir due to the fact of them my dream for singing for a movie got fulfilled, I never notion I may want to ever sing for a movie but Indian Idol made this dream of mine reality.”

He also shared how he bought on board for The Body. “Samir sir was searching for any individual who can sing this song, Rom Rom from The Body and when he requested Vishal sir if he can suggest some one, he advised my name. He made him watch some performance videos of mine, prior that I went to his studio for the trial. After listening to my voice he concept i appropriate properly for the tune and that’s how I landed the song,” Sunny added.

Even singer Himesh Reshammiya, who changed Anu Malik as a judge on the show, signed Sunny for a song in Rajkumar Santoshi’s upcoming film. “I have been a follower of the show and have heard Sunny sing on television but listening to you stay made me fall for your singing even more. The honesty with which you sing is definitely seen in your eyes and I advocate you to no longer loose it. This is what is going to make you successful,” Himesh had said.

After prevailing the trophy, Sunny informed The Indian Express, “I had not thought of getting via the first round, go away alone winning the competition. I have come a long way and can’t trust that the journey has just started. From getting the probability to sing on such a huge platform to triumphing the exhibit is like all my desires come true. I will always be grateful to the judges for mentoring and guiding me and to Sony Entertainment Television for giving me a platform to operate in front of legends of the music industry and an possibility to meet so many stars. I can’t trust that the whole of India heard my voice and voted for me wholeheartedly to make me Desh ki Awaaz.”