Mumbai, Oct 13 (UNI) Seventeen-year-old Aneek Dhar, who was adjudged the winner of Zee TV's talent hunt show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007' contest at a glittering ceremony at Andheri Sports Complex here tonight, said he was not overconfident during the finale as Raja Hasan and Amanat Ali were very good singers.
Talking to reporters, he said being a devotee of Kali Mata, he had left his fate in her hands.
He was presented a music contract worth 50 lakh with Zee TV and Universal Music and a Chevrolet Spark car.
Actors Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan graced the occasion by announcing the names of the winner and runners up respectively.
Akshay enthralled the audience by singing a song from his recently released film 'Bhool Bhulaiya'. The three hour extravanganza also saw performances by judges Vishal Shekhar, Himesh Reshammiya, Bhappi Lahiri and anchor Aditya Narayan.
Aneek said the reality show had accorded him a huge platform at such a young age and he now carried upon himself the responsibility to work hard and live up to the expectations of the people.
He said he planned to do MSc in Sound Engineering as well as shift to Mumbai to pursue a career in singing. He recalled that his wild card entry in the contest and being a winner of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bangla contest had been objected to by Himesh Reshammiya and Ismail Darbar but he said he was happy that he had won them over with his peformances.
Amanat said he had gained entry in the contest because he was the winner of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dubai contest which focused more on singing than looks and dance but in the last six months, apart from being consistent in singing, he had improved on both.
He has on the anvil plans to do Masters in Music and also try his luck in Bollywood. As his visa expires next week, he will go back home and reapply for a fresh visa before joining the rest of the finalists on a world tour. Though he got a lot of love and support from India, he felt he lost out in the SMS voting as it was not allowed from Pakistan, but said he was thankful to his Indian supporters for showering him with love.