In­dian Idol win­ner sets out to tri­umph in Bol­ly­wood next

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

South In­dian play­back singer LV Re­vanth, win­ner of the tro­phy that most singers in this coun­try dream of, has now set him­self one more goal: that of learn­ing Hindi and mak­ing it big in Bol­ly­wood.

On Sun­day night, at the grand fi­nale of In­dian Idol Sea­son 9, Re­vanth had his eu­phoric mo­ment, re­ceiv­ing the tro­phy from cricket leg­end Sachin Ten­dulkar and rais­ing it high for a well-de­served round of ap­plause.

It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a strug­gle — Re­vanth, although an es­tab­lished singer in the Tel­ugu film in­dus­try, aka Tol­ly­wood, with a song to his name in the blockbuster Baahubali: The Be­gin­ning, had been mocked for his weak Hindi after he went on In­dian Idol. But what he lacks, as yet, in lan­guage skills, he makes up for in re­solve. “I will go back home and cel­e­brate with my friends and fam­ily, but I will come back to Bol­ly­wood and set­tle here,” says the 26-year-old from Hy­der­abad, who got prize money of Rs 25 lakh and a con­tract with Uni­ver­sal Music.

His “big dreams” are now fo­cussed on get­ting the best of both worlds. “I have one eye set on Bol­ly­wood and the other on Tol­ly­wood, but I want to work on my Hindi first,” says Re­vanth. “When I started my jour­ney on In­dian Idol, a lot of peo­ple laughed at me for not know­ing Hindi very well. I did feel bad, ini­tially... but I kept my willpower strong.

“I know that Bol­ly­wood is a huge in­dus­try and the num­ber of artists is huge as well. But I want its peo­ple to recog­nise my tal­ent.”

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