He may have decided to keep his musical dreams on the back-burner for sometime in order to concentrate on studies but Udupi-born teenager Gagan Gaonkar says he would like to do playback singing for Shah Rukh Khan.
The 13-year-old winner of "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs" said he will not mind if he gets an offer in the near future to sing for his "favourite" Bollywood star.
"I will take a break from music now for five years to concentrate on my studies after winning the show. I want to pursue audio engineering and become a music composer.
"In the meanwhile, if I get a chance to do playback singing for Shah Rukh Khan I will jump on it. He is my favourite actor and it's my dream to sing for him," Gagan told PTI after winning the show.
Gagan, who studies in the seventh standard, saw off competition from Keshav Tyohar from Patna and Kolkata's Aishwarya Saha to be crowned as the winner of the singing talent hunt during the grand finale of its fifth season.
Gagan, who was consistent on the Zee TV show, credited his parents and love from audience for his win.
"My parents are very supportive and encouraging. They helped me to fulfil my dream of winning the show. My audience also helped me to become the winner by voting for me in large numbers. I have been learning Hindustani Classical Music since my childhood," said Gagan, who earlier participated in the Kannada version of the same reality show.
Asked how did he manage his studies during his stint on the show for 13 weeks, he said, "Zee TV used to give me two hours time daily from my shoot to study. After my shoot, I used to devote my time for my studies only. My school helps me a lot. They encourage extra-curricular activities and that helped me to chase my dream."
Often termed as 3G on the show, Gagan said it was not a cakewalk for him to win the show as his co-contestants were super talented. But the young singer said he never took the show as a competition.
"When I entered the show, I just had one thing in my mind and that was I am here to learn. I have never imagined that I could win the show because my co-contestants were super talented," he said.
The reality show began 13 weeks ago with 12 children across India. They were judged by Shaan, Monali Thakur and Alka Yagnik.