Zayn does not have a fanboy in Kailash Image: AFP
You may or may not be a fan of Zayn Malik's brave attempts to cover two of Kailash Kher's iconic numbers — but we know you've listened to them. But Kailash says he does not even know who Zayn is — go figure. Oh, the Sufi icon also wants the former One Directioner to join his digital music academy. Oh, snap!
"I didn’t even know who he was until someone sent me the video saying, ‘Look, who sang your song’. I was like, ‘Kaun hai bhai?" Kailash told Hindustan Times, soon after Zayn covered Teri Deewani and Allah Ke Bande, and put them up on Instagram.
The posts might have sent Zayn's desi fans into a tizzy, and have acquired more than 16 lakh likes collectively. But they only caught Kailash's attention when someone mentioned them to him. "I went on to his Instagram [account], and saw that he has covered the song, and he has over 27 million followers. That’s when I learnt about him and came to know that he is a big pop star in the West, who is a huge icon," added the 44-year-old Kher.
But Kailash obviously thinks Zayn could do better — we mean, much better. A thought also echoed by some of Zayn's fans — who found his attempts to be a bit too brave. "For Zayn Malik, I would suggest we have our digital academy coming up soon, where there will be a course dedicated to all our compositions, which include Teri Deewani and other superhits to know and learn the correct codes and nuances. It will help him improve his skills on such songs," Kailash said.
And Zayn would fare well if he listened to Kailash, now that he is seriously considering a Bollywod career, and can't stop talking about everything desi. The 25-year-old pop star recently revealed in an interview that he has recorded his first Bollywoiod number with AR Rahman.
"It is one of the first songs I’ve sung in full Hindi, so it’s going to be cool to see what the response to that is. There’s definitely a lot of Urdu, some nice qawwali sounds. There might even be some bhangra vibes. I have worked with AR Rahman..." he told Elle magazine.