Indian Idol

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Indian Idol
Indian Idol 2012 logo.png
Indian Idol logo as of 2012
Format Singer search
Created by Simon Fuller
Directed by Priya Bhave Sharma (2007–)
Monisha Jaising Vaid (2010–)
Partha Thakur (2010–)
Vishal Mull (2005–06)
Niret Alva (2005–06)
Nikhil J Alva (2005–06)
Nivedith T Alva (2007)
Bhavna Israni (2007–12)
Indrajit Ray (2007)
Satish Datt (2011–12)
Presented by Mini Mathur (2004–07, 2012–)
Hussain Kuwajerwala (2007–)
Aman Verma (2004–06)
Meiyang Chаng (2008–09)
Deepali Kishore (2008–09)
Abhijeet Sawant (2010)
Prajakta Shukre (2010)
Judges Anu Malik
Sunidhi Chauhan (2010–)
Salim Merchant (2010–)
Asha Bhosle (2012–)
Farah Khan (2004–06)
Sonu Nigam (2004–06)
Alisha Chinai (2007)
Udit Narayan (2007)
Javed Akhtar (2007–09)
Sonali Bendre (2008–09)
Kailash Kher (2008–09)
Theme music composer Julian Gingell
Barry Stone
Cathy Dennis
Country of origin India
No. of seasons 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Anupama Mandloi (2010–)
Niret Alva (2005–09)
Nikhil J Alva (2005–09)
Producer(s) Namit Sharma (2010–)
Ashok (2008–09)
Location(s) Initial auditions: Various
Mumbai auditions: National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai
Running time Varies between 1 hour to 2 hours
Production company(s) Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (2010–)
Fremantlemedia India
Miditech Pvt. Ltd. (2005–09)
Distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channel SET
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run October 28, 2004 – present
Chronology
Related shows The X Factor India
India's Got Talent
External links
Website

Indian Idol is an adaptation of the Pop Idol format. It started airing in India with the first season in 2004–2005 and was followed by second (2005–2006), third (2007) and fourth (2008–2009) seasons. The fifth season of Indian aired on Sony TV in 2010 and Indian Idol 6 in 2012.

Seasons[edit]

Indian Idol title card from 2007–10

Season 1[edit]

Abhijeet Sawant, season one winner

The winner of the first season of Indian Idol was Abhijeet Sawant from Mumbai. The season was aired from October 2004 to March 2005 on Sony TV. Amit Sana from Kolkata, West Bengal, was declared the first runner-up, while Rahul Vaidya from Nagpur and Prajakta Shukre from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, placed third and fourth respectively.

The judges for the first season were Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam, and Farah Khan. They retained the same spot for the second season. The first season was hosted by Aman Verma and Mini Mathur.

The winner, Abhijeet Sawant, went on to release his first album Aap Ka Abhijeet. He placed third in Asian Idol, representing India. He also released a successful second album, Junoon, and contributed to the film Ashiq Banaya Apne. He also did some commercials for Spraymint. He started acting with his debut film Lottery, which was released in March 2009 but did not do well at the box office.

Rahul Saxena, who failed to make it to the top 6, was offered a song by Indian Idol judge and director, Farah Khan, in her own film Om Shanti Om. Amit Tandon landed a new role with Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms. Amit Sana, Rahul Vaidya, and Prajakta Shukre went on to release solo albums.

Rahul Vaidya, the second runner-up, hosted Aaja Mahi Ve on the STAR Plus channel. He also hosted the popular dance show Jhoom India. He contributed to the soundtrack of the film Shaadi No. 1 and was also the part of the winning team, "Shankar's Rockstars", in the musical game show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla. He later became the winner of the reality singing show Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar on the same channel, whereas Abhijeet Sawant was the first runner-up in the same show.

Season 2[edit]

Sandeep Acharya, season two winner

The second season aired on Sony TV from 21 November 2005 to 22 April 2006. The winner was Sandeep Acharya. The first runner-up was N. C. Karunya from Hyderabad, while the other singers from season 2, Anuj Sharma, Amey Date, and Antara Mitra, placed in the third, fourth, and fifth places respectively. Karunya was a favourite amongst the judges and was later declared the unofficial winner of the second season.

Menal Jain has since released her solo album Mehram and performed a number of stage shows with Sonu Nigam. She also received an offer from Anu Malik. In addition, Antara Mitra, a regular favorite of Anu Malik, received many playback offers and released a remixed version of "Yeh ishq hai" from Jab We Met, composed by Pritam. Mitra was also a contestant of the music show Junoon and also is recording her solo album. One of her songs was featured in the film Raajneeti.

Monali Thakur sang the song "Zara Zara Touch Me" in the film Race as well as the song "Sexy Lady" (Khaab Dekhe Jhoote Moote). Music director Pritam offered her another chance in the film Golmaal Returns with a song titled "Meow", picturised on Kareena Kapoor. She also has sung in Bengali.

Karunya has released his solo album, titled Aapka Karunya. His song "Aane Chaar Aane" appeared in the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Amey Date was a contestant in the musical game show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla and also participated in the reality singing show Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar.

Season 3[edit]

The show's third season aired on Sony TV from 4 May 2007 to 23 September 2007. The winner was Prashant Tamang, who hails from Darjeeling in West Bengal and of Nepali origin. The runner-up, Amit Paul, was from Shillong, Meghalaya.

The judges for this season were Anu Malik, Javed Akhtar, Alisha Chinai, and Udit Narayan. The third season was hosted by Hussain Kuwajerwala and Mini Mathur.

Prashant Tamang has since cut a solo album, Dhanyabad, as per contract with Sony. He also conducted a world tour of shows. Suhit Gosain, who finished in the top 14 contestants, appeared in a KitKat chocolate advertisement. Four finalists, Meiyang Chang, Suhit Gosain, Parleen, and Abhishek, entered into a contract with Sony BMG and released an album named Tu To Na Aayi as a boy band named F4. The band's song Udd Chale became very successful. F4 was also declared "The Next Big Thing" on channel V. Emon Chatterjee from Kolkata and Deepali Kishore released I Love You, composed by Anu Malik, for the film Don Muthu Swami. Emon also hosted a popular show, Royal Bengal Superstar',' on Star Jalsa.

Meiyang Chаng, who placed fifth in this season, hosted the IPL 2009 and also received an offer to act in Badmaash Company, directed by Parmeet Sethi. He hosted the fourth season of Indian Idol with Hussain Kuwajerwala. He also won the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.

6th runner-up Deepali Kishore hosted a musical reality show on Doordarshan.

Amit Paul sang the song "Pyaar Ki Dastaan" in the film Luck by Chance (starring Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma). He, alongside the third runner-up Ankita Mishra, represented India in the Indian Carnival in Kuwait in 2007.

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season of Indian Idol was aired on Sony TV from 19 September 2008 to 1 March 2009. For the first time in Indian Idol history, there were two women among the top three finalists. Sourabhee Debbarma won the competition and became the first female contestant to do so. By doing so, she also won a contract of Rs. 1 crore with Sony Entertainment Television and a TATA Winger. She released an album, Meherbaan, as per a contract with Sony. She also performed a few stage shows around the country and overseas with Sony TV.Kapil Thapa was runner-up while Torsha Sarkar finished third.

The fourth season saw Anu Malik and Javed Akhtar on the hot seats as they took the judges' chair once again for the show. New to this season were singer Kailash Kher and Indian actress Sonali Bendre. The fourth season was hosted by Hussain Kuwajerwala and Meiyang Chаng.

One of the contestants, Bhavya Pandit, received an offer to sing the song "Aaja Lehraate" for the film What's Your Raashee, alongside singer Shaan. She also went on to sing "Rani Main Tu Raja" from the movie Son Of Sardaar. The song became a hit and Pandit received appreciation from the audience.

Season 5[edit]

Desh Ki Awaaz!

The winner of Indian Idol 5 was Sreeramchandra Mynampati from Hyderabad. The fifth season was judged by Anu Malik, along with two new judges:Salim Merchant and Sunidhi Chauhan. The contestants at the Grand Finale were Sreeramchandra, Bhoomi, and Rakesh. The finale was held on 15 August 2010 (which also happens to be the Indian Independence Day). For the first time in Indian Idol, the finale was held between three contestants.

The judges first selected the top 112 contestants from across the country. After several rounds, the judges selected the top 16 contestants. After public voting, a total of 6 were directly given entry to the top 12 (Indian Idol Gala) while out of the remaining 10, only seven were chosen by judges on the basis of their live performances. The selected top 13 competed for the title of Indian Idol 5. The judges were appreciative of the quality of the contestants for this season as compared to previous tournaments.[1]

On the episode aired on 13 May 2010, the top 13 finalists selected by the judges for the Gala Rounds were: Bhoomi Trivedi, Vishwas Rai, Swaroop Khan, Sashi Suman, Manisha Karmakar, Tia Kar, Shivam Pathak, Naushad Ali Kawa, Sreeram Chandra, Arpita Khan, Meghna Kumar, Rakesh Maini, and Yashraj Kapil.[2]

Vishwas Rai was eliminated in Gala Round 1, Meghna Kumar in Gala Round 2, Manisha Karmarkar the next week, Yashraj Kapil next and Arpita Khan the week after that. The week after that, the public voted out one Sashi. The next elimination was Naushad Ali Kawa. Tia Kar was subsequently eliminated. Rakesh was evicted the week after, but he was retained by the judges using their "VETO Power". Shivam had to leave next. The last to be eliminated was Swaroop Khan. Thus, the top three were Bhoomi, Rakesh and Sreeram.

Sreeram Chandra had already made his debut in the Telugu movie industry. He also sang a song with Shreya Ghoshal for Salim Suleman Merchant during the course of the season. Swaroop Khan also got the chance to sing a song as the playback singer during the course of Indian Idol 5 before his elimination. Bappi Lahiri gave him this opportunity.

Season 6[edit]

The sixth season aired on Sony TV from 1 June 2012 to 1 September 2012. The winner of the sixth season was Vipul Mehta. The judges liked the performances of all three contestants, but Vipul won the title as the decision was calculated by tabulating votes from the public as well as judge scoring. Vipul received the highest number of votes.[3][4][5]

Mini Mathur and Hussain Kuwajerwala were again back to host Season 6. The judges for this season were Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan, and Salim Merchant. Asha Bhosle joined the judging panel after the audition rounds.[6]

On June 23, 2012, the judges selected the top 16 contestants to perform in the Gala Rounds. These contestants were: Amit Kumar, Amitabh Narayan, Amrita Panda, Charit Dixit, Deeksha Piyush, Deepak Maher, Devendra Pal Singh, Kaushik Deshpande, Kritika Tanwar, Poorvi Kautish, Ravi Kumar Mishra, Ritika Raj, Saumya Mishra, Simran Kaur, Sohini Mishra, and Vipul Mehta. The top 3 contestants were Amit Kumar, Devendra Pal Singh and Vipul Mehta.

Seasons (Indian Idol Junior)[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 included children aged 5-15 as participants in Indian Idol Junior.[7]

Judging panel[edit]

Judges Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 Indian Idol Junior
Music Composer Anu Malik Vishal Dadlani
Shekhar Ravjiani
Playback Singer Sonu Nigam Alisha Chinai Kailash Kher Sunidhi Chauhan Shreya Ghoshal
Udit Narayan Salim Merchant
Asha Bhonsle
Film Director Farah Khan
Lyricist Javed Akhtar
Actor Sonali Bendre

Shreya Ghoshal[edit]

  • Indian Idol Junior Season 1 (2013–present)

Shreya Ghoshal (born March 12, 1984) is an Indian singer. Best known as a playback singer in Hindi films, she also sings in other Indian languages including Angika, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Assamese, Nepali, Gujarati, and Konkani.

Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Devdas, for which she received the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has received many other awards. Ghoshal was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, wherein governor Ted Strickland declared June 26 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day". She has won more than 100 awards.

Ghoshal caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time, this time as an adult. In 2000, Bhansali offered her the opportunity to be the singing voice of Paro, the lead female character of the film Devdas, that was portrayed by Aishwarya Rai. Ghoshal sang five songs in the film. Her performance won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare's RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She also won the National Film Award for the song "Bairi Piya".

She has received State Film Awards from the Malayalam and Tamil industries and Filmfare awards in the Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu industries. She debuted in the South through the song "Yen Chellam" in Vasantha Balan's Tamil film Album and she received acclaim after singing "Munbe Vaa" from Sillunu Oru Kaadhal under composer A. R. Rahman. She debuted in Malayalam through a studio album of composer Alphons Joseph and later gave voice to his song "Vida Parayukayano" from Big B. Her songs in the Malayalam film Anwar became hits in Kerala and topped many charts for weeks. She is known for her frequent association with Malayalam music director M Jayachandran. In 2010, Ghoshal sang for the English-language independent film When Harry Tries to Marry.

Anu Malik[edit]

  • Season 1 to 6 (2004–present)

Anu Malik has been a jury member on Indian Idol since its inception. Known for his cheeky and straightforward comments, he was also a judge in the first Asian Idol held in Indonesia, representing Indian Idol.

The son of veteran composer Sardar Malik and brother of Abu Malik and Daboo Malik, Anu learned music from Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma. He composed music for various films, but his music finally gained recognition in 1993 for his work in movies like Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee, Sir, and Baazigar. Some of the prominent films that Anu contributed to are Main Hoon Na, Refugee, Fiza, Baadshah, Border, Yaadein, Asoka, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, and Aks to name a few. His recent work includes Love Story 2050, Kambakkht Ishq, Jaan-E-Mann, and the Aishwarya Rai vehicle Umrao Jaan.

Anu won the National Award for his work in Refugee and a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director twice – for Baazigar and Main Hoon Na. He also received a Special Jury Award (Filmfare) for his contribution in music. He has worked with such playback singers as Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anuradha Paudwal, Shaan, Abhijeet, K.K., and Sunidhi Chauhan.

With his work in crossover films like Bride and Prejudice, he is among the few Indian film composers with international projects to his credit.

Sunidhi Chauhan[edit]

  • Season 5 to 6 (2010–present)

Sunidhi Chauhan is one of the most prolific playback singers in Bollywood with over 2000 songs to her credit. She began to sing at the age of four and was spotted in the singing contest, Meri Awaz Suno, which she went on to win. In the post-2008 cult of having many singers in a film, she is one female singer who is reserved for item numbers primarily, while Shreya Ghoshal is often called upon for difficult and classical numbers.

Her breakthrough in Hindi films was Ram Gopal Varma's film – Mast. The 2008 year was successful for the singer; she went on to give a huge number of hit songs such as Rock Mahi, Desi Girl (Dostana), Dance Pe Chance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), and Race Saanson Ki (Race). She has won several awards — three Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards, two IIFA Awards, a Zee Cine Award, and a Kelvinator GR8! FLO Women Award 2009.

Salim Merchant[edit]

  • Seasons 5-6 (2010–present)

Salim Merchant is a music director and singer who has been composing music with his brother Sulaiman Merchant for over a decade. Together, they are popularly known as Salim-Sulaiman. They have scored music for movies such as Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Kurbaan, Chak De India, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion, several of these which were among their biggest hits. They have prepared an album for the FIFA World Cup 2010 and were present on the stage during the opening ceremony in South Africa.

Salim-Sulaiman started by composing background scores for movies. Their tryst with Bollywood music direction began with Karan Johar’s movie Kaal, which was an instant hit. The Merchant brothers went on to work with Bollywood’s biggest producers and directors such as Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Ram Gopal Verma, and Madhur Bhandarkar, among others.

Salim studied music at the Trinity College of Music in London.

Asha Bhosle[edit]

  • Season 6 (2012–present)

In May 2012, it was announced that Bhosle was to become a new permanent fourth judge for the sixth season of Indian Idol. She began after the audition phase.[8]

Asha Bhosle is an Indian singer. She is best known as a playback singer in Hindi cinema, although she has a wider repertoire. Bhosle's career started in 1943 and has spanned over six decades. She has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies. In addition, she has recorded several private albums and participated in numerous solo concerts in India and abroad. Bhosle is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her versatility, Bhosle's work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, and Rabindra Sangeets. Apart from Hindi, she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs, a figure repeated by several other sources.The World Records Academy, an international organization which certifies world records, recognised her as the "Most Recorded Artist" in the world, in September 2009.In 2011 she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history. The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Sonu Nigam[edit]

  • Season 1 and 2 (2004–2006)

Sonu Nigam started hosting Sa Re Ga Ma, a television singing talent competition, which soon became one of the most popular shows on Indian television. Singing offers poured in thereafter, albeit slowly at first. He rose to fame with the Anu Malik-composed song Sandese Aate Hai, in Border in 1997. Sonu's image as a Rafi clone changed after his rendition of the Nadeem-Shravan-composed song Yeh Dil Deewana in Pardes in the same year. Since then, he has created a unique style of his own, and has become a role model for emerging vocal talent in India.[9]

Over the years, Sonu has provided playback singing for a large number of Hindi movies and won many awards. Sonu is known to sing with clear pronunciation, and in many languages besides Hindi, including Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil, English, Bhojpuri, Nepali, and Marathi. He remains particularly popular in Southern India for his Kannada songs and has won a few awards in this particular industry.

Sonu has released a number of pop albums, both in Hindi and in Punjabi. He has also released several devotional albums, both Hindu and Islamic ones, as well as albums of Mohammad Rafi's songs. These are from the Rafi Ki Yaadein collection in his early years, although they have been re-released in September 2007 as a 6-disc collection of 100 songs, titled Kal Aaj Aur Kal, in Mohammad Rafi's memory.[10]

He has won many awards both in Bollywood and in the South Film Industry,[11] such as a National Award and Filmfare Awards, Star Screen, Zee Cine and IIFA Awards, Indian Television Academy Award, Bollywood Music Awards, and much more.

Farah Khan[edit]

  • Seasons 1-2 (2004–2006)

Farah Khan Kunder is an Indian film director and choreographer. She is known for her choreography in numerous Bollywood films, as well as directing the films Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. Khan has choreographed dance routines for more than a hundred songs in over 80 Hindi films. In addition Khan has worked on international projects such as Marigold: An Adventure in India, Monsoon Wedding, and the Chinese film Perhaps Love.

Farah Khan achieved international recognition with her work in Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams, and Vanity Fair. She was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award for Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Anthony van Laast, for Bombay Dreams.

Farah Khan then went on to direct her first film Main Hoon Na which was produced by Shah Rukh Khan. The film was a huge success, and Khan became the second female director to be nominated for the Filmfare Best Director Award. As a director, her second movie Om Shanti Om was the highest grossing Hindi film of all time at its time of release.[12]

Javed Akhtar[edit]

  • Season 3 and 4 (2007–2009)

Javed Akhtar is an Urdu poet, lyricist, and scriptwriter from India who has mostly worked for the Hindi cinema. Some of his most successful work was done in the late 1970s and 1980s with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed. Akhtar continues to be prominent in Bollywood and is a sought-after lyricist.

Javed Akhtar was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1999 and received the Padma Bhushan in 2007. Akhtar has also won the Filmfare Award fourteen times, seven times for Best Script, and seven times for Best Lyrics. He has won the National Award five times.

Alisha Chinai[edit]

  • Season 3 (2007)

Alisha Chinai is an Indian pop singer known for her several albums as well as playback singing in Hindi cinema.[13]

Alisha's initial albums include Jadoo, Baby Doll, and Aaah Alisha.[13] Alisha was introduced to Hindi film music by the veteran music director and composer Bappi Lahiri. They had many disco hits together in many films in the 1980s including Tarzan, Dance Dance, Commando, Guru, Love Love Love etc. When she started her career with him, she was doing playback singing for many actresses, such as Smita Patil, Mandakini, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, and Divya Bharati. In 1985, Alisha sang with Remo Fernandes on the album Old Goan Gold. She also recorded a song for Pankuj Parashar's film Jalwa (1987), composed by Anand-Milind. One of her biggest hits during the 80s was Kaate Nahin Katte (Mr. India) in 1987, which she recorded with Kishore Kumar under the music direction of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Another successful track in 1989 was Raat Bahr Jaam Se from the film Tridev, which had music by Kalyanji-Anandji and Viju Shah. In the 90s, she took on working in different films, collaborating with other music directors, such as Anu Malik, Anand-Milind, Rajesh Roshan, and Nadeem-Shravan.

Simultaneously with playback singing, she has recorded many songs as a pop singer with album releases. Chinai was noted for her 1996 hit single and album, titled Made in India, which was composed by Biddu. Made in India went on to become one of the highest-selling pop albums of its times and Alisha became a household name. With the success of this album, Alisha announced her departure from playback singing and wanted to concentrate only on private pop albums. However, following the less success in the pop albums, she came back to the playback singing with a bang. In 2005, she had one of her highest career points came with the song Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli. The song was a hit and Alisha won her first and only Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.[14] Alisha received the International Billboard Award around the time "Made in India" came out[15] and also won the Freddie Mercury Award for Artistic Excellence. Internationally, Alisha received attention when her song Seulement Vous won first place at the International Song Festival "Asia 2004". It was also the first victory for India in the Song Contest.

Udit Narayan[edit]

  • Season 3 (2007)

Udit Narayan is a playback singer in the commercial Telugu, Hindi (commonly known as Bollywood), Urdu, Sindhi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, manipuri, Angika, and Nepali language cinemas. Narayan has sung more than 15,000 songs in more than 30 different languages, of which over 260 films have been in Hindi alone.[16] He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri award, one of India's highest civilian honours, which he received in 2009.

The actual success story of his career began in 1988 with the Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, earning him a Filmfare Award.[17] The film also brought actor Aamir Khan, actress Juhi Chawla, and playback singer Alka Yagnik to stardom. After the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he became one of the leading playback singers in the Indian film industry. This also marked a long and fruitful association with the composers of this film, Anand-Milind, with whom Udit Narayan recorded several hit songs. At the same time, he became a well-known celebrity in Nepal and sang in many popular Nepalese movies.

Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of a large number of awards. These include a Screen Videocon Award, an MTV Best Video Award, and a Pride of India Gold Award. He won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award 5 times, the National Award 3 times, the Star Screen Award 2 times, a Zee Cine Award, and an IIFA Award.

Sonali Bendre[edit]

  • Season 4 (2008–2009)

Sonali Bendre is an Indian actress and model. She has starred in Bollywood films mostly but has acted in a few Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada films.

Bendre started out as a model before being selected for the "Star Dust Talent Search". She was invited to Mumbai and received training from a variety of top actors and performers of the Indian film industry. Though she initially struggled to be a successful actress, she was eventually given critical acclaim for her performances in films. She is also known for being one of the few actresses who acted opposite all top four Khans (Aamir, Shahrukh, Salman and Saif Ali Khan). She has also starred opposite some of the other biggest names in Bollywood such as Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, and Anil Kapoor.

In addition to her well-received performances, she is also recognized as a dancer. In 1995, she won the Filmfare Lux New Face Award. In 2001 she also won the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai where she co-starred with Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai. She was the only cast member who was nominated for and won the award. She was appreciated for her comic performances in films like Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega. In 2004, she won a Star Screen Award for the Marathi film Anaahat.

Kailash Kher[edit]

  • Season 4 (2008–2009)

Kailash Kher is an Indian pop singer with a very diverse music style often influenced by Indian folk music. He was inspired by legendary Pakistani Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[18] His other influence has been Pt.Kumar Gandharva.

In 2002, his song Allah ke Bande from the relatively obscure movie Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, made him a household name. His band Kailasa includes Mumbai musician-brothers Naresh & Paresh, who were earlier associated with Bombay Black. His song Teri Deewani from the album of the same name by his band Kailasa, and especially the song Ya Rabba from the movie Salaam-e-Ishq has become a record-seller. He originally hails from Meerut, where he learned Hindustani classical music.

His recent venture into the Kannada film industry has proved a success. Special mention has to be made to his song Hale Patre from the movie Junglee has proven a huge hit among the audience. In 2007, he participated in a concert tour in North America entitled "The Incredibles", also starring Asha Bhosle, Sonu Niigaam and Kunal Ganjawala.

About Kailash Kher, the Indian composer A R Rahman says:

I remember how I first heard of him. I had asked Mehboob, our lyricist, for a new voice that is earthy and strong, and he said, I have just the person for you. That voice can only be that of Kailash!' And he sent Kailash to meet me. The moment I heard him, I knew that here was a voice that was so wonderful, and which had its own unique space.... I want to say that Kailash Kher's voice has something that had been lacking a lot – it had pure soul! Allah Ke Bande is one of my all time favorite songs.

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