Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh, Tum hi ho (Aashiqui 2)
Arijit Singh won his first Screen Award for Best Playback Singer of 2013 for the song Tum hi ho from the film Aashiqui 2. One of contestants of reality show Fame Gurukul in 2005, he became an assistant to music director Pritam and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who gave Arijit his first break on the song titled All for one from High School Musical 2 (Vol 1) album. Besides singing for Hindi films, he has lent his voice for Bengali films as well as TV shows. His song Tum hi ho from the Hindi blockbuster Aashiqui 2 received a lot of praise.
“I am thrilled with the fact that such a big honour has actually been bestowed upon me. I hail from a small town, where glamour and glitz is a big deal. I never expected all this popularity and a prestigious award like Screen to come my way so soon. I feel humbled and would like to thank the Jury members, who thought my performance was worthy enough to win. Since this is my first ever award, it will always be close to my heart.” — Arijit Singh
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal, Sunn raha hai na (Aashiqui 2 )
Shreya Ghoshal caught film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s eye when she appeared on one Sa Re Ga Ma episodes. He immediately signed her up to sing for Paro, a character in Devdas (2002), which was played by Aishwarya Rai. Right from the first notes of Bairi piya, Shreya struck a chord with music lovers. It’s no surprise that at such a young age she’s bagged four National awards and also has a day named after her in Ohio in United States — Shreya Ghoshal Day is celebrated on 26 June. The singer has made several appearances on television musical shows as a judge, including Star Voice Of India-Chhote Ustaad, Malayalam music Josco Indian Voice and Indian Idol Junior. She has also modelled for several jewellery commercials in the South. Shreya has won around three Screen awards for Best Singer (Female), which includes this year’s Sunn raha hai na (Aashiqui 2), Baahara baahara (I Hate Love Storys, 2011) and Barso re
“Although I couldn’t be there at the function due to my prior commitments, this Screen award is a blessing in disguise. The nomination itself was a big honour. My version of the song, Sunn raha hai, wasn’t promoted and yet the song managed to catch the Jury’s attention. I remember I wasn’t given a brief during my first recording session and I sang it my way, which was very complex. But later, I was informed by Mohit (Suri) that the stage where this song will be shown is at a point where the girl Aarohi is still an amateur singer. So I re-recorded the track in the most simplest way possible. Thanks to this award, I am all set to welcome 2014 with more projects and the urge to work harder, in order to earn a nomination next year as well.” — Shreya Ghoshal