Abhijeet Sawant is neither Amitabh Bachchan nor Shah Rukh Khan. But ask anyone in Dharavi, northcentral Mumbai, for his address and you will get it!
"This is unbelievable!" exclaims his mother Manisha. "Sometimes I feel I am dreaming that my son has become famous overnight! Since childhood, Abhijeet was our favourite during Antakshari. Now, he has become India's favourite! Girls, grandfathers, middle-aged men... they all want to meet Abhijeet and want him to win. Wherever I go, I am known as Abhijeet's mom."
The phone rings constantly. There is a regular stream of visitors and journalists to wish her the best and inquire about Abhijeet.
Abhijeet -- in case, you are one of the handful of Indians who didn't know :-) -- is one of the two finalists on Indian Idol, the Sony Entertainment Television show which has taken the nation by storm. Judgement Day is February 24, when India votes for the winner.
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Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf | Design: Uday Kuckian