Abhijeet Sawant: 'Reality shows don't promise instant fame'



New Delhi, April 10 -- He has been in the music industry for over seven years now, but is still vying to make it as a mainstream Bollywood singer despite having won the first season of music reality show, Indian Idol in 2004.

Singer Abhijeet Sawant now reveals how reality shows fiddle with the career of upcoming artists. "Whatever happens on a reality show is not real and if anyone says they have fulfilled a promise made to the contestants, it is a complete lie. Generally, its music directors who are on the judging panel on such (music based) shows, but, you have to understand that a music director cannot take a decision when it comes to signing someone for a song in a film," says Sawant. "After listening to the song, if the director of the film doesn't like the result, he can replace the singer with either Mika or Sunidhi Chauhan."

It is noteworthy that the 31-year-old has done three reality shows himself. While he shot to fame after he won one, he was seen shaking a leg in another - dance reality show, Nach Baliye Season 4 followed by his stint as a co-anchor on Indian Idol 5. He is, however, still vying to make a mark in playback singing. But Sawant is unfazed by the struggle.

"Every artist has to undergo his own share of struggles. The playback industry is very small and singers are aplenty. Playback singing is a different paradigm altogether," he says.