Actor Unni Mukundan joined the ever-growing list of actors turning singers with Sethu’s Oru Kuttanadan Blog. The movie featuring Mammootty and Raai Laxmi is gearing up for release this Onam.
Unni Mukundan, through an Instagram post, said that he was glad to be associated with the project. He was offered a role in the movie which he couldn’t take it up because of his prior commitments. Mukundan had previously worked with Sethu on movies like Mallu Singh and I Love Me which were scripted by the director.
He felt he made up for not being able to star in the movie by lending his voice to the song. He was eager to see his name in the title card under the list of playback singers.
Really glad and humbled to take on a very interesting role behind the camera in the much awaited project ‘Oru Kuttanadan Blog’, as a playback singer. It was really disappointing for me when I missed out on the incredible opportunity to associate my dear brother Sethu in this project because of my unavoidable work commitments ; but this one chance instantly made up for all the disappointments. I was fortunate enough to render my voice for this all full of life song from the movie , which is a totally different genre from what I have tried so far in my musical experiments. Immensely grateful that I could be a part of this project in the best possible way. All my love, wishes and prayers to both my favorite people , Mammokka and Sethu chettan on this project we are all keenly looking forward to. Can’t wait to see my name in that list of play back singers! It was indeed humbling to be sharing the space with such ace singers. I do hope that you all will love the track and I would like to take a moment to thank the entire team of ‘Oru Kuttanadan blog’, who made this possible for me. #orukuttanadanblog #playbacksinger #musicandme #gratitudeeveryday
Of late Malayalam cinema has been increasingly witnessing actors turning singers. Mammootty had recorded a song for Uncle which released earlier this year.
Barring Nivin Pauly and Fahadh Faasil, most of the younger crop of actors have given singing a try.
Jayasurya, who apart from singing for his own films, has begun lending his voice to songs from other films, including the Prithviraj-starrer Pavada which came out in 2016. Along with Prithviraj and Indrajith, who are both singers as well, Jayasurya sang in Amar Akbar Anthony, a movie that featured all three.
Following Jayasurya’s footsteps is Dulquer Salmaan who doesn’t restrict himself to singing for his movies alone. Recently, he sang the ‘Dhrithangapulagithan’ for the movie Kalyanam that had Shravan Mukesh in the lead.
Pranav Mohanlal, the latest star kid to enter Malayalam cinema, made his singing debut with ‘Gypsy Woman’ for his first movie Aadhi.
However, actors turning singers is not necessarily a new phenomenon in Malayalam cinema. Mohanlal has sung in many of his movies and other ones like Kannezhuthi Pottumthottu. Actors like Manoj. K. Jayan and Kalabhavan Mani have sung for movies in the past too.