Premgi Amaren

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Premgi Amaren
Birth name Ganesh Kumar Gangai Amaren
Also known as Premji Amaren, Prem G
Born (1978-02-01) 1 February 1978 (age 36)
Occupation(s) Film actor, composer, music director, singer.
Years active 2005–present

Ganesh Kumar Gangai Amaren (born 1 February 1978), better known as Premgi Amaren, is an Indian playback singer, film composer, songwriter and actor, Comedy Piece. Son of veteran film composer and singer Gangai Amaran, he often composes rap songs in Tamil cinema and is known for his comical performances in the Venkat Prabhu films Chennai 600028, Saroja, Goa and Mankatha.[1] His stage name, Premgi, is actually a spelling error, as it is meant to be "Prem G.", (the G referring to his father's name).[2]

Career[edit]

Primarily interested in composing music, Premgi started his career as an assistant to film music composer and his cousin Yuvan Shankar Raja,[3] turning a playback singer, singing mostly the rap portions in Yuvan Shankar Raja's compositions,[2] before working with other music composers as well. Working with Yuvan Shankar Raja, he also remixed some of his compositions for the soundtrack albums, the first being "Loosu Penne" from the film Vallavan.[4]

In 2006, however, he made his acting debut in Silambarasan's Vallavan as the heroine's friend, following which he starred in his brother, Venkat Prabhu's directorial debut Chennai 600028 (2007), in which he played the role of Seenu. The movie went on to become the year's biggest summer blockbuster, establishing Premgi as a comedy actor.[5] He joined with his brother for his next film Saroja which fetched him accolades for his performance as Ganesh Kumar.

He appeared as a lead character in Venkat Prabhu's Goa (2010), before going on to make further appearances in Mankatha (2011) and Settai (2013). In 2013, he made his Malayalam debut in North 24 Kaatham.[1] In the upcoming Maanga he plays the lead character and also works as the music composer.[3]

Composing[edit]

In 2005 he became an independent music director with Gnabagam Varuthe starring his brother.[4] After that he composed for Agathiyan's Nenjathai Killathe and for Thozha, in which he essayed one of the leading roles as well. Apart from film music, he composed music for an episode titled Planet Galatta II – Adra Sakkae in a Singapore satellite channel .[4]

Family[edit]

Premgi is the son of veteran director and musician Gangai Amaran and the younger brother of film director and actor Venkat Prabhu. Film composer Ilaiyaraaja is his uncle while Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja and Bhavatharini are his cousins.

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Himself Special appearance
2006 Vallavan
2007 Chennai 600028 Seenu
Satham Podathey
2008 Thozha
Santosh Subramaniam Sekhar
Sathyam Bora
Saroja Ganesh Kumar Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Comedian
Silambattam Special appearance
2010 Goa Saamikannu
2011 Mankatha Prem Edison Award for Best Comedian
ITFA Best Supporting Actor Award
2012 Podaa Podi Special appearance
2013 Onbadhule Guru Charles
Settai Cheenu
North 24 Kaatham Vyomkesh Malayalam film
Biriyani Parasuram
2014 Vadacurry Special appearance
Salim Himself Special appearance
Maanga Filming
Narathan Filming
2015 Masss Filming
Takkar Filming

As music director[edit]

Year Tamil Other Languages Notes
2005 Gnabagam Varuthe
2006 Thunichal
2008 Nenjathai Killadhe
Thozha
Nannusire (Kannada)
2009 Adhe Neram Adhe Idam
Kasko (Telugu)
2013 Ennamo Nadakkuthu
2014 Maanga

Discography[edit]

No Song Film Notes
1 Kannum Kannum Thirupaachi (hip-hop bit)
2 Thee Pidikka Arinthum Ariyamalum
3 Saroja Saman Nikkalo Chennai 600028
4 Rendupakkam Singamda Thozha
5 Pushing it hard Kanda Naal Mudhal
6 Panivizhum Kaalam Manathodu Mazhaikalam
7 Oru Nayagan Thozha
8 Orampo Naina Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu
9 Naanga Beeru Kudichaa Nenjathai Killadhe
10 Machi Open the bottle Mankatha
11 Kattukadanga Puyalena Veyilodu Vilayadu
12 Jalsa Chennai 600028
13 Kaalathukku etta Gana Velai
14 Theera Theera Onbadhula Guru
15 Loosu Penne (Club Mix) Vallavan Remixed by Premgi Amaren
16 Kannai Vittu Kann Imaigal (Remix) Pattiyal Remixed by Premgi Amaren
17 Jalsa (Remix) Chennai 600028 Remixed by Premgi Amaren
18 Goa (Club Mix) Goa Remixed by Premgi Amaren
19 Vilayadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix) Mankatha Remixed by Premgi Amaren
20 Nahnh Na Nah (Extended Dance Mix) Biriyani Remixed by Premgi Amaren

Awards[edit]

International Tamil Film Awards (ITFA)

References[edit]

External links[edit]