Muscat: Haitham Mohammad Rafi, the winner of Indian music reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani”, stole the show on Wednesday night with his wit and charm on The Vibe, Times TV’s new entertainment chat show.
Watch: Haitham Mohammed Rafi's live interview on the Vibe at Barr Al Jissah
“My mother is my biggest fan and critic. When I compose my song, I sing in front of her,” he said while narrating stories about how his mum would get annoyed by his late night loud practices.” If she likes it, she’ll say it’s beautiful. But when she came to India (for one of my performances) she told me you didn’t sing well,” he said.
After winning the show, Rafi became a global superstar with fans from not just Oman and India, but also many other countries. “People from 20 different countries voted for me. Once my manager got a call from a country and we didn’t even know where it is,” he joked.
The reality show has changed his life in numerous ways. “Dil Hai Hindustani” was a music school for me.”
My dream was always to learn music. Before, I would write on YouTube ‘How to sing Hindi songs,’” he said, adding, “After the show I got a lot of fans, audience and concerts and many people have told me that my voice has changed now.”
Rafi will be performing live, along with Bollywood superstar Ayushmann Khurrana on October 26 at the City Amphitheatre.