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Apeejay student wins hearts, bags Mr India Globe 2021 title

An MBA student at AIMETC, Raghav Kapoor says confidence plays an integral part in achieving success

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Raghav Kapoor pursuing MBA from Apeejay Institute of Management & Engineering Technical Campus (AIMETC) recently bagged the Mr India Globe 2021 title. The 22-year-old Jalandhar boy is a budding singer who rose to acclaim through his original songs Habibi and Zindagi Tere Naam. Trained in classical music, Raghav has made and launched four original songs, Yaar Ja Sharaab, Habibi, Zindagi Tere Naam and Ik Tera Chehra to his name. He is also an ardent follower of music maestros AR Rahman and Hariharan. In an interview, Raghav talks about his recent accomplishment, and more. Edited excerpts:

Please tell us about this recent event and achievement?

Mr And Miss India Globe is an annual event organised every year for upcoming stars to showcase their talents. As part of the competition, different rounds including talent search, modeling round and so on were conducted. A total of 35 participants from different parts of the country had participated, who were selected through online auditions. I also received the Globe Achievers Award 2021 for my outstanding accomplishment in the field of singing.

How did you prepare for this competition? Are you interested in modeling?

I am a singer by profession. I have launched four songs, Yaar Ja Sharaab, Habibi, Zindagi Tere Naam and Ik Tera Chehra on YouTube. And my upcoming song, Tu-Ranjha, will soon be launched on Zee. Why I participated in this competition is because even as a singer it’s important to create an on screen presence while performing in front of the audience or when you are shooting for a video song, ad film, tv series, etc. My event managers also recommended that I go for modeling or dancing competitions. For preparation, my focus was to gain 3 kg and I worked really hard at the gym and maintained a healthy diet. I also took up a few classes on modeling.  

You also won the Globe Achievers Award 2021 for singing. So which song brought you this fame?

Since the judges had asked me to sing a classical song, I sang Raag Hameer, Madhuban Mein Radhika.  

Any learning from this competition?

This is the first time I participated in a modeling competition on such a big platform. What I learnt is confidence is the key to win a competition or achieve any success. For instance, during the Q&A round, do not hesitate to answer and do that with confidence. Of course, practice also matters.   

You are a singer and have your own YouTube channel called Million Entertainers. You are also pursuing your MBA. How do you strike a balance between all these?

When I am in college, I am completely focused on my studies. I don’t attend work or event related calls. And after college, I go to the gym for my daily workout and spend two hours there. Post which, I go to my studio where I invest at least four to five hours of my day in writing, composing and practicing songs. And this has been my routine for the past three to four years. 

What’s up next for you?

There is a poster release scheduled for Tu-Ranjha in Goa and the song will be released in January 2022. I will also begin shooting for my next song in the new year. I am also planning to start shooting with a few brands in the future.  

Any message you wish to share for aspiring singers? 

I feel everything can be managed very easily if organised well. The problem with a lot of us is that we overthink rather than looking for a concrete solution for any roadblock. Watching your thoughts will help eliminate confusion. 

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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