Shankar Mahadevan impressed by Kerala man's voice in viral video, says he wants to work with him
Rakesh Unni, a labourer from Kerala whose singing video went viral earlier this week, impressing Shankar Mahadevan among others, has now received a call from the hit singer and composer himself.
According to reports, Rakesh Unni shot to fame after a video of his rendition of hit Tamil song, Unai Kaanadhu Naan, from the movie Vishwaroopam, went viral on Friday.
"I cut rubber and carry it on my shoulders and load them onto a truck. That's my job," he told the media, adding that it was his friend Shameer who shot the video of him singing. The video soon went viral online, receiving millions of views and thousands of comments praising Rakesh.
Singer Shankar Mahadevan, who sang the original and retweeted Rakesh's video, asking if anyone knew who he was. He also added that he would love to work with Rakesh.
After receiving a call from Shankar Mahadevan, an excited Rakesh said, "I consider it my biggest blessing. He told me I have a good voice, a good future. I said I just want to see him once. He said we will not just see, we will sing together."
This is called fruit of labour!— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) June 30, 2018
When we hear this, it just makes me feel so so proud of our country that produces so much talent and is so rich in culture. Who is this guy???
How can I trace him?
Need help & would like to work with him. pic.twitter.com/SWqGQkmChb
On #SocialMediaDay— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) July 2, 2018
I had posted about this very special & talented farmer Rakesh Unni & I’ve just been able to find him through the reach of the internet, I spoke with him & will now take things forward!
I’d like to thank each one of you for the tremendous love & support. pic.twitter.com/ZKcCYH3Kj4