Amid the chaos over demonetisation of two high-value currency notes, the Indians found humour after an image of a soiled Rs 10 currency note went viral on the Internet. It had written ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa hai’ (Sonam Gupta is unfaithful) in Devnagari on it. While it gave a good reason to laugh to many with a series of jokes followed it, no one knows that it would bring fame to a farmer’s son. Shyam Sunder, popularly knows as Shyam Rangeela, imitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s voice to describe the ‘trending’ topic, has made him famous overnight.
Shyam uploaded one-minute, eight-second video in which he humorously expressed sorrow over the chaos generated over ‘Sonam Gupta bewafa hai’ by Indian netizens in Modi baritone. The familiar voice on a much-talked topic with wholesome funny content took no time to become viral on social media and made him a known name for every social media lover. Besides, 5,82,715 views on YouTube, the video is heavily shared on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. However, this farmer’s son from Mokhamwala village in Rajasthan still cannot believe his luck, as quoted by ToI.
Watch here the video uploaded by Shyam Rangeela
In an interaction with ToI, he said the video was made on his friend’s mobile phone as his phone had gone for service. “There was no electricity in the house and we used a torch to light my face. I made the video and forgot about it. I realised that it had gone viral only two days later when I got my phone back from service,” he recalled.
Shyam wanted to be a comedian since the age of 11 years. Chasing his dream, he moved to Jaipur after finishing school to pursue courses in animation and theatre. His repertoire included impersonations of Bollywood actors Sunny Deol, Amitabh Bachchan and Raj Kumar but did not seem to impress anyone. During 2014, Lok Sabha polls, he started mimicking PM Modi that went down well with the crowd, he said.
Six months ago, he moved to Mumbai in hope to get a break on television. While he was struggling to achieve his dreams, suddenly in the past week, the video made him famous. Calls for stand-up performances are coming in. He also got recognition from comedian Johnny Lever for the video when they met recently.
His next dream is to meet PM Modi, he told ToI.