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Singer-lyricist-composer Kailash Kher didn’t even know who Zayn Malik was up until Saturday when Zayn posted a cover version of his song Teri Deewani on his Instagram account. The song is one of Kailash’s greatest hits, from his first album, Kailasa.

Reacting to Zayn Malik’s cover, and the way it went viral, Kailash said, “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?’ And then I went on to his Instagram 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.”

While Kailash might not have known him, Zayn seems to be a huge fan! After Teri Dewaani, he uploaded a video of him covering another one of Kailash’s classics, Allah Ke Banday which finally got him some feedback from the man himself.

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Commending his effort, Kailash said he is humbled and honoured. “It feels nice, and I feel extremely honoured when your writing and compositions can inspire millions globally, truly. To see Teri Deewani resonate with so many people across different age groups is an extremely humbling feeling as an artist.”

However, he’s offered a few suggestions as well.

“For Zayn Malik, I would suggest…we have our digital academy (Kailash Kher Academy of Learning Arts) coming up soon, where there will be a course dedicated to all our compositions, which include Teri Deewani and other super hits… so to know and learn the correct codes and nuances. It will help him improve his skills on such songs.”

Here’s the original, in case you need a reminder of how beautiful it is: