Along with the ecstasy of being the country’s first Indian Idol, there is also agony for Abhijeet Sawant.
days ago, he was diagnosed as having a stone in his kidney.
As he keeps his pain in check by popping pills, his family,
friends and fans are checking out the celebration scene.
How does this sound — Abhijeet Sawant, the first Indian
The first part I am used to, the second part has yet to sink in. It’s like I am dreaming; it will
take me some days to get used to it. God and the audience have been kind to me. But there is this strange thrill within me.
Can you describe this thrill?
People are cheering,
bursting firecrackers. Everyone around is celebrating. It’s as if everyone really wanted this — they wanted me
to win. It is as if an India-Pakistan match was on and India has won. It’s a similar kind of feeling.
Did you have that gut feeling that you were the chosen one?
never at any moment. I thought that both Amit and I had a 50-50 chance.
What’s that one thing that kept you going right through
My friends. They kept on pushing me; I am grateful to them. I never aimed for anything. I just went
out there and enjoyed my singing.
What were the words of consolation for Amit Sana?
told him that he is equally good, but sadly there can be only one Idol. He told me to take care of my health and to keep on
drinking lots of water for my kidney problem.
What have your family and friends planned?
even more excited than me. My colony friends — we call ourselves the MCC group — won’t let me rest in peace.
I go home on Sunday. There is also that car I have won. That long drive remains.
And that one crore contract with Sony?
All that has
to be sat down and worked out. I guess the party has just begun. What else can I say at this moment?