G. V. Prakash Kumar
|G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Also known as||G. V. Prakash, GVP, GV|
|Born||13 June 1987 (age 28)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation(s)||Film composer, instrumentalist, playback singer, film producer, actor|
|Instruments||Guitar, keyboard/piano, vocals (playback singing)|
G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer. He has mainly scored music for Tamil films. His first film was S Pictures' Veyil (2006) and he became popular in Tamil cinema by the early 2010s. He has ventured into film production and acting too.
Prakash Kumar is the son of G. Venkatesh and playback singer, A. R. Reihana, who is the elder sister to music director A. R. Rahman. Prakash is married to singer, Saindhavi. They studied together in Chettinad Vidyashram. They got married on 27 June 2013 at the Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall in Chennai.
He first appeared as a vocalist on the soundtrack of director S. Shankar's Tamil film Gentleman, composed by his maternal uncle, A. R. Rahman. He has also contributed to some of Rahman's other projects. He had also worked with Harris Jayaraj and sang two songs in Anniyan and Unnale Unnale.
In 2004, G. V. Prakash was first signed up to compose the music for a film titled Pakka Thirudan starring Prashanth, which was to be directed by Thyagarajan. The film's failure to take off meant that the director chose to make Prakash the composer of another project Arun Weds Harini, which also subsequently failed to pass pre-production. Prakash was also then signed up to be a part of a third consecutive film starring Prashanth which failed to commence, Taxi Driver by debutant Morgan. However, the film eventually failed to take off and Prakash returned to his vocalist and technician roles. Prakash's introduction as a film composer was in the critically acclaimed Tamil film Veyil, directed by Vasantha Balan and produced by the director S. Shankar. His music in the film Madrasapattinam directed by A. L. Vijay was appreciated mainly for his song "Pookal Pookum Tharunam".
He went on to win critical acclaim for his music in Selvaraghavan's drama film Mayakkam Enna, which became his third collaboration that featured Dhanush in the lead role. The album's five songs were written by Selvaraghavan and Dhanush, with the pair also coming together to sing the song, "Kadhal En Kadhal". The album also included the song "Pirai Thedum", which Prakash sang himself along with his fiancée, Saindhavi whilst another song, "Voda Voda Voda", written and sung by Dhanush, was composed in just 15 minutes and recorded within an hour. Rediff.com reviewed the soundtrack claiming that Prakash had "tried very hard to walk away from his comfort zone and provide the kind of edgy numbers Selvaraghavan demands, and has risen to the challenge". Critics from entertainment portal, Behindwoods.com, cited that Prakash "reiterates his talent once again" and gave a verdict that the album is "intoxicating enough". In late September 2011, a single track, "Oru Murai", written by Thamarai and composed and sung by Prakash in R. S. Infotainment's Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal was released. His subsequent releases include the political satire Saguni and the background score of the Hindi crime film Gangs of Wasseypur.
In 2013, Prakash Kumar launched his own production house under the name "GV Prakash Kumar Productions". His first film, Madha Yaanai Koottam was directed by Vikram Sugumaran a former assistant of Balu Mahendra.
In 2012, director AR Murugadoss had seen a picture of G. V. Prakash on a poster promoting his work in A. L. Vijay's Thaandavam and contacted him regarding a potential acting venture. Prakash agreed to star in the project and though the film later failed to take off, he remained interested in acting opportunities. He subsequently signed on to appear in three films in quick succession, with the three entering production simultaneously. In order to further his acting ability, he took lessons from actor Aadukalam Naren and has noted his stage performances as a singer, were also helpful in demonstrating his potential as an actor. Prakash will be making his acting debut in a film titled Pencil opposite Sri Divya, where he will be playing a school student. He is also simultaneously working on the production of the comedy Trisha Illana Nayantara and the horror film, Darling.
As music director
- Released soundtracks
|2007||Oram Po •||Nenu Autovani (2011)|
|Kireedam •||Poornamarket (2011)|
|Polladhavan • (3 songs)||Punda (2010) (Kannada)|
|Evano Oruvan • # (Promo song)||Evaro Okaru (2009)|
|Velli Thirai •|
|2008||Ullasamga Utsahamga •||Ullasa Utsaha (2009) (Kannada) ♦
Ayyo Pavam (2009) (Malayalam)
|Kuselan •||Kathanayakudu •|
|Ananda Thandavam •||Ananda Thandavam (2009)|
|Naan Aval Adhu • (2 songs)||Nenu Tanu Aame|
|Seval •||Ballem (2011)|
|2009||Angaadi Theru • # (4 songs)||Shopping Mall (2010)|
|Aayirathil Oruvan •||Yuganiki Okkadu (2010)|
|Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam • #||Super Cowboy (2010)|
|2010||Madrasapattinam •||1947 A Love Story (2011)|
|Deiva Thirumagal •||Nanna|
|Mayakkam Enna •|
|Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal •||Nirantharam Nee Oohalo|
|2012||Endukante... Premanta! •|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 • #2 (Hindi)|
|Joker • (Hindi)|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 • #2 (Hindi)|
|Thaandavam •||Siva Thaandavam|
|Naan Rajavaga Pogiren •|
|2013||Ongole Githa • # (4 songs)|
|Udhayam NH4 •||NH 4|
|Thalaivaa •||Anna – Born To Lead|
|Raja Rani •||Raja Rani|
|JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai • #||Yemito Ee Maaya • #|
|Nimirndhu Nil •||Janda Pai Kapiraju •|
|2014||Naan Sigappu Manithan •||Indrudu|
|Irumbu Kuthirai •|
- #Film score by another composer
- #2Soundtrack by another composer
- The films are listed in order that the music released, regardless of the dates the film released.
- The year next to the title of the affected films indicates the release year of the either dubbed or remade version in the named language later than the original version.
- • indicates original language release. Indicates simultaneous makes, if featuring in more languages
- ♦ indicates a remade version, the remaining ones being dubbed versions
- Forthcoming soundtracks
- Kaaka Muttai
- Ugly • (Hindi)
- Nee Yellam Nalla Varuvada
- Sigappu Rojakkal 2
|1993||Gentleman||small boy in song "Chikku Bukku"|
|2013||Naan Rajavaga Pogiren||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|2015||Trisha Illana Nayantara||Filming|
|2014||Naan Sigappu Manithan||"Elelo"|
|2014||Irumbu Kuthirai||"Penne Penne"|
|2013||JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai||"Nee Enna", "Facebook Login"|
|2013||Biriyani||"Nimirndhu Nil"||composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2013||Udhayam NH4||"Yaaro Ivan"|
|2013||Naan Rajavaga Pogiren||"Yaarivano"|
|2013||Madha Yaanai Koottam||"Kona Kondakari"||composed by NR Raghunandan|
|2012||Neerparavai||"Para Para"||Composed by N. R. Raghunandan|
|2012||Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal||"Oru MUrai"|
|2011||Mayakkam Enna||"Pirai Thedum"|
|2010||Va||"Unnai Kann", "Sharp Sharpji"|
|2010||Aayirathil Oruvan||"Indha Paadhai"|
|2007||Unnale Unnale||"Hello Miss"|
|1995||Indira||"Ini Achamillai||composed by A. R. Rahman|
|1995||Bombay||"kuchi kuchi raakkamma"|
|1994||May Madham||"Palakattu Machan"|
- 2011: Best Music Director – Tamil – Aadukalam
- 2012: Nominated, Best Music Director – Tamil – Thandavam
- 2011: Nominated, Best Music Director – Tamil – Deiva Thirumagal
- 2011: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil – "Yathe Yathe" from Aadukalam
- 2010: Nominated, Best Music Director – Tamil – Aayirathil Oruvan
- 2010: Nominated, Best Music Director – Tamil – Madrasapattinam
- 2010: Best Song of the Year – Pookal Pookum Tharunam – Madrasapattinam
- 2011: Best Music Director of the Year – Aadukalam
- 2011: Best Album of the Year – Aadukalam
- 2011: Mirchi Listeners Choice Best Album – Aadukalam
- 2011: Best Song Sung by a Music Director – "Yathe Yathe" from Aadukalam
- 2011: Best Folk Song of the Year – "Otha Sollaala" from Aadukalam
- 2011: Popular Album of the Year – Aadukalam
- 2011: Popular Duet of the Year – "Pirai Thedum" from Mayakkam Enna (shared with Saindhavi)
- Other awards
- 2011: BigFm Award for Best Duet of the Year – "Ayyayo"
- 2011: BigFm Award for Best Music director and Lyricist combination of the Year – "Aariro"
- 2011: Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Music Director – Madrasapattinam
- 2011: Vikatan Award for Best Music Director – Aadukalam
- 2012: Film Fans Association Award for Best Music Director – Aadukalam
- "Reihana Interview". Behindwoods. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "GV Prakash-Saindhavi wedding on June 27!". Sify. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "A passion for music". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
- "Audio launch of Mayakkam Enna". The Times of India. 21 September 2011.
- "GV Prakash Kumar turns producer". Indian Express. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "G V Prakash turns producer". Times of India. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011(South)". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Uyirin Uyire gets award". Times of India. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.