Rising Star 3 winner Aftab Singh, who is 12-year-old singer from Faridkot, Punjab, won competition to take home the trophy and prize money of Rs 10 lakh.
Aftab said in an interview that his father is his inspiration. His father has struggled a lot in his life. He don’t belong to a rich family. He have seen his father’s hard work. His father has done a lot to make him reach at this platform. It’s not his win ... It’s his father’s win,”
Now, the singer has told Mumbai Mirror that he wants to give his prize money to his parents for his sister’s wedding.
The report also revealed how Salman Khan played a Good Samaritan for the talented young boy. During an episode of the show in which Salman was the celebrity guest, the host had revealed that Aftab’s father, Mahesh Singh, had to take Rs 3 lakh loan to get the roof of their house repaired. Salman, the report states, paid off the debt.
Describing Salman as his favourite guest, Aftab said, “It will now motivate me to do more hard work so that I get a chance to work in films and sing for Salman Khan one day”.
Amongst the four finalists, he has been the youngest and he swept the title of the Rising Star alongside bagging the prize money of 10 lakh rupees.
The 11-year-old from Punjab has also revealed that he wants to open a recording studio in his village in Faridkot. Talking about if he has gotten any offers yet from the judges, he said,“Shankar sir has asked me to perform at one of his upcoming concerts and even gave me my first pay cheque.”
Hosted by Aditya Narayan, the third season of the Colors TV show was judged by Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Diljit Dosanjh. Aftab learnt music from his father. He has also participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs 2017 and was among the top seven finalists. In Rising Star 3, he was the first contestant to get the ticket to finale.