G. V. Prakash Kumar

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G. V. Prakash Kumar
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Background information
Also known as G. V. Prakash, GVP, GV
Born 13 June 1987 (age 28)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Film composer, instrumentalist, playback singer, film producer, actor
Instruments Guitar, keyboard/piano, vocals (playback singing)
Years active 2006–present

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.[1] He has ventured into film production and acting too.

Personal life[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Career[edit]

Music direction[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7] 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".[8] Critics from entertainment portal, Behindwoods.com, cited that Prakash "reiterates his talent once again" and gave a verdict that the album is "intoxicating enough".[9] 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.

Film production[edit]

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.[10][11]

Acting[edit]

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.[12] Prakash will be making his acting debut in a film titled Pencil opposite Sri Divya, where he will be playing a school student.[13] He is also simultaneously working on the production of the comedy Trisha Illana Nayantara and the horror film, Darling.

Filmography[edit]

As music director[edit]

Released soundtracks
Year Tamil Telugu Other Languages
2006 Veyil Vesavi
2007 Oram Po Nenu Autovani (2011)
Kireedam Poornamarket (2011)
Polladhavan • (3 songs) Punda (2010) (Kannada)
Evano Oruvan# (Promo song) Evaro Okaru (2009)
Velli Thirai
Kaalai
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)
Darling
Va
Aadukalam
2011 Narthagi
Deiva Thirumagal Nanna
Mayakkam Enna
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Nirantharam Nee Oohalo
2012 Endukante... Premanta!
Saguni Sakuni
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1#2 (Hindi)
Joker • (Hindi)
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2#2 (Hindi)
Thaandavam Siva Thaandavam
Paradesi Paradesi
Naan Rajavaga Pogiren
2013 Ongole Githa# (4 songs)
Annakodi
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
Saivam
Irumbu Kuthirai
Darling
#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

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Gentleman small boy in song "Chikku Bukku"
2008 Kuselan Himself Cameo appearance
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Himself Cameo appearance
2013 Thalaivaa Cameo appearance
2014 Darling Kathir Post-production
2015 Pencil Filming
2015 Trisha Illana Nayantara Filming

As singer[edit]

Year Film song Notes
2014 Poriyaalan "Kan Rendum"
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan "Elelo"
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai "Penne Penne"
2013 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai "Nee Enna", "Facebook Login"
2013 Thalaivaa "Yaarindha Saalai"
2013 Raja Rani "Imaye"
2013 Biriyani "Nimirndhu Nil" composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 Annakodi "Pothi Vacha"
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 Thaandavam "Anicham Poo"
2012 Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal "Oru MUrai"
2011 Mayakkam Enna "Pirai Thedum"
2010 Va "Unnai Kann", "Sharp Sharpji"
2010 Aadukalam "Yaathe"
2010 Aayirathil Oruvan "Indha Paadhai"
2007 Unnale Unnale "Hello Miss"
2005 Anniyan "Kadhal Yaanai'
1995 Indira "Ini Achamillai composed by A. R. Rahman
1995 Bombay "kuchi kuchi raakkamma"
1994 May Madham "Palakattu Machan"
1993 Gentleman "Chikku Bukku

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Mirchi Music Awards South
  • 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
MTV Awards
  • 2013: MTV VMAI Award for Best Regional Music Video – "Uyirin Uyire" from Thaandavam[15]
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2012: Best Music Director – Aadukalam
  • 2013: Nominated, Best Male Playback Singer – Neerparavai
Vijay Awards
Vijay Music Awards
  • 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

References[edit]