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'Rising Star 2' gave me popularity, chance to sing in Diljit Dosanjh's 'Soorma': Hemant

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Mathura-based Brijwasi, who won the live singing reality show "Rising Star 2", says the programme not only helped him attain popularity but also bag the film "Soorma".

was announced the winner of Color show last night.

The show was judged by Monali Thakur, composer-singer and Diljit Dosanjh.

In 2009, the 20-year-old won "Li'l Champs", a children's singing reality show and has also been a part of "India's Got Talent".

"I have participated in quite a few reality shows but I did not get that much popularity till this show. 'Rising Star 2' gave me the popularity and 'Soorma', and I thank sir for giving me this opportunity," told

"Soorma" is a biopic on and Dosanjh plays the lead role in the film, directed by Shaad Ali. Mahadevan is one of its music directors.

In the live voting show, the finale was among Vishnumaya, Zaid Ali, and Hemant.

"I had not thought I would win the show as would have to compete with Rohanpreet, who has a huge fan following. In the past, he has got 95 per cent voting from the audience. This record still remains unbreakable.

"I think Lord was there by my side. If not me, then Vishnumaya should have won the show, she sung songs in different genres like me. I think I won because I sang a variety of songs. I thank viewers for voting for me," the from UP's says.

There is a notion that reality show winners are unable to make a mark when they enter Bollywood.

Asked about this, Hemant says, "After winning a reality show, people do not work hard, do not do enough 'riyaz' (music practice). Rather, one should work more hard after winning a show.

"The perception is that after winning a show you will soon become popular, but I think it will take a few years for us to reach the top position."

Besides winning the show, Hemant took home a trophy and Rs 20 lakh in prize money.

In the season two, the theme of the show was 'Uthao Soch Ki Deewar' and it showcased contestants from different walks of life who defy stereotypes and shatter prejudices to get on stage.

The programme was hosted by

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 15:55 IST