14 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: The 11th season of Indian Idol began on Saturday with on-stage performances by rare talents from across the country. One of them was Sunny whose rendition of ‘Afreen Afreen’ stole a million hearts countrywide.
The judges of the show, music composers Anu Malik and Vishal and singer Neha Kakkar were dumbfounded with Sunny's command on a song, which is not easy to be performed by professionals.
Sunny belongs to an underprivileged family and works as a cobbler to meet his ends. His mother begs for alms to manage square meals for the family. Passionate about music, Sunny nursed an ambition to make it big someday.
He listened to songs on mobile phones borrowed from friends and practised those during leisure. Sunny started singing at a very small age and performed at local events to boost his family's income.
The story of this young singer touched the hearts of the judges. Malik said that he felt it was Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan singing, when Sunny was performing on Afreen Afreen.