Story Of Yashraj Mukhate, The Man Who Made The Nation Dance With His Viral Videos

Rasode Mein Kaun Tha, Tuada Kutta Tommy and Biggini Shoot are some of his mashups which everyone on internet must have heard. Many of his lines became national meme and Yashraj Mukhate became an internet sensation.

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Born in Aurangabad, Maharashtra Yashraj Mukhate rose to fame recently with his music. Mukhate had his love for music since childhood and his parents were very supportive of his dreams.

“I was 3 when Baba got me a keyboard; I fell in love with music that day. I’d carry it with me everywhere and would play it every chance I got. Even then, I knew I wanted to be a musician. Aai and Baba were supportive, but they wanted me to get a degree before venturing into music.”

Yashraj Mukhate Childhood Picture
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Where there’s a will there’s a way

“So, I pursued engineering; I’d attend college in the morning, but as soon as I got back home, I’d get on YouTube–I’ve learnt everything from there! Somehow, I completed my engineering and after that, I channelled all my energy towards music. I didn’t have proper equipment, so I’d create music using dal dabbas or chocolate wrappers. I’d make song covers and post them online.”

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The Kokilaben mashup rasode mein kaun tha came as turning point in his life

“Slowly, people started contacting me for work; I started composing jingles! It was a small start, but I was excited to do any work related to music! Aai–Baba weren’t on social media, so they’d wonder what I was doing in the basement all day. I wanted to wait till I could show them a Yashraj Mukhate original.

Then I saw Kokila Ben’s video–the dialogue already had a rhythm to it, so I worked on the dialogue for a day and posted it online the next morning. I switched off my phone after and started working on a deliverable.”

Appreciation from celebrities

“When I switched on my phone in the evening, it was ringing off the hook. There were comments from my favourite celebrities. Smriti Ma’am shared my video, Anurag Kashyap sir DM’d me saying, ‘Good work,’ and shared his number with me. It was a lot to process. Aai immediately got a kala dhaga and tied it on my wrist!

And finally Aai-Baba saw my work! For the next 1 week, I didn’t sleep. It was all so new, I said ‘yes’ to everything that came my way–from interviews to collaborations. I was clueless and didn’t want to come across as rude. I was even invited as a guest to Lil Champs. Vishal Bhardwaj Sir and I worked on a song together; he wanted to work with me. ME!”

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Grabbed opportunity with both his hands

“A year back, I was struggling to reach 10k followers for the swipe up feature, but just a day before, I crossed 2 million! My friends still laugh about the fact that out of everything I’ve created, it’s the ‘rasoda video’ that went viral; but life is unpredictable like that!

Honestly, I was expecting the buzz around me to die down; we all know how social media works, but the small surprises I keep getting in the form of Tapsee Pannu recreating Biggini Shoot or Raveena Tandon Ma’am making a reel on ‘Tommy’ keep me going!”

“Earlier, people referred to me as an ‘engineer’ but now that’s changed, it’s Yashraj Mukhate, the artist. Let’s see how life surprises me next, but abhi toh pawri ho rahi hai!”