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Arijit Singh, the small town boy who made it big in Bollywood
Arijit Singh has now become a household name, as practically every movie released these days has a hit song of his. This has been a common trend in Bollywood, where if a singer delivers a superhit song, he is demanded by every producer, resulting in a flood of his hit numbers. The same seems to be happening with Arijit Singh now. Earlier it was Mika, who was enjoying the same success. But now the baton seems to have been passed on to Arijit Singh.

Gone are the days when male playback singing was limited to only two singers, Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar. Now a singer comes and fades away into oblivion even before you can notice him. Only a few like Arijit Singh manage to survive for a longer period. Even an established singer like Sonu Nigam is finding it hard to survive in this industry today. Kumar Sanu took an infamous exit many years ago, after having a reasonably long career. So you can well imagine how difficult it would be for a new comer to find work in Bollywood today.

For Arijit Singh too, establishing a foothold in the industry wasn't easy either. He also had his share of struggles and rejections before he could rise to monumental fame. Hailing from a small town, Murshidabad in West Bengal, Arijit Singh came to Mumbai with big dreams in his eyes. He participated in a reality show "Fame Gurukul", which aired on Sony Television in 2005. He made it to the finals but ended up loosing the contest. He might have lost the battle, but he definitely won the war.

After winning another reality show "10 ke 10 Le Gaye Dil", Arijit Singh built his own recording setup and started as a music programmer. He assisted music directors like Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar and Mithoon as an assistant music programmer.

Arijit Singh kept on struggling for sometime and ultimately made his Bollywood debut in 2009 as a singer with the song "Phir Mohabbat" for the film "Murder 2". Coincidently the film got delayed and the song was released in 2011. However his first notable achievement was when he fetched the Mirchi Music Award for Upcoming Male Playback Singer for the song "Duaa" from the 2012 released movie Shanghai. He was also nominated in the same category for another of his song "Phir Le Aya Dil" from the movie Barfi.

His most remarkable achievement came in 2013 with the song "Tum Hi Ho" from the movie "Aashiqui 2". This song gave him instant stardom and he became a household name. He won many awards for this song including his first Filmfare award. He followed it up with hits in moives like "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" and "Two States". Today Arjit Singh is the busiest singer in the industry and is continuing to deliver one hit after another. The latest one is the title track from the movie "Hamaari Adhuri Kahani".

Being extremely talented and a trained classical singer, Arjit Singh can sing even the most difficult songs flawlessly. At just a young age of 28, Arijit Singh is already at the peak of his career. Most interestingly he has already made it to the Forbes's magazine top 100 celebrity list. The magazine reports that the singer made 350 million rupees in 2014.

Despite his popularity and an ever rising fan base, Arijit Singh still remains a humble small town boy at heart. He always shies away from shutterbugs and refuses to give interviews. Once during a concert at Emaar Boulder Hills he told the audience that if he wants to eat fish, then he wants to be able to buy it himself, without anyone clicking him or following him. This clearly shows what a soft hearted and humble person Arijit Singh is. At his core he remains a simple and down to earth small town boy who wants his freedom. Whatever might be the cost.

Arjit Singh married his childhood sweetheart Koel Roy on January 2014 in a private ceremony, attended only by his close family members. This is Arijit's second marriage as he was previously married to one of his co-contestants from the reality show. His now wife Koel was also previously married and has a four year old daughter.

Arijit Singh has many admirers in the industry today, which includes his juniors as well as seniors. Some even go the extent of calling him the King of Romance. Whatever it might be, But I really admire the humbleness of this small town boy who managed to make it big in Bollywood. Fame and money has not changed him a bit. I sincerely hope that he remains this way all his life, as fame is known to corrupt the strongest of individuals.

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