Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam

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Does Sonu Nigam smoke?: No Sonu Nigam is a popular Indian playback singer who is called “Elvis Presley of India.” Sonu gave his first stage performance at the tender age of 3 on the popular song “Kya Hua Tera Vaada.” He was initially trained by classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. At the age of 10, Sonu made his Bollywood debut as an actor by playing the role of young Shatrughan Sinha in the film ‘Taqdeer’ (1983). In 1991, he shifted to Mumbai from Faridabad, and during his initial days, he used to sing cover versions to Mohammed Rafi’s songs. Sonu’s first super-hit song was “Accha Sila Diya” from the film ‘Bewafa Sanam’ (1995). Due to his similar singing style to Mohammed Rafi, he was earlier called as “Rafi clone.” His albums of the 90s – “Kismat”, and “Deewana” were huge hits. If not a singer, he would have been a scientist or an astronaut. His debut film as a lead actor was ‘Love in Nepal’ (2004). He firmly believes in fitness and is trained in ‘Taekwondo.’ He has a fear of cockroaches. He enjoys doing mimicry of fellow singers and Bollywood actors, which is often seen in various events. He has sung songs in various languages like Hindi, English, Oriya, Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu and Nepali. He did Hindi voice-overs for Hollywood animated films “Aladdin” and “Rio.” He hosted singing reality shows like ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ (1995-1999), ‘Kisme Kitna Hai Dum’ in 2002, and ‘Life Ki Dhun’ Radioshow in 2006. He has been awarded the National Award for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho” from the film ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003). When he went to receive the National Award for the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, he had a hairstyle similar to that of Late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (the then President of India). He co-judged ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International’ with Suresh Wadkar in 2007. In 2016, Sonu Nigam disguised as a beggar on the streets of Juhu and performed an act, called ‘The Roadside Ustaad.’

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