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|Birth name||Ganesh Kumar Gangai Amaren|
|Also known as||Premgi amaren|
|Born||3 February 1979|
|Occupation(s)||Film actor, composer, music director, singer.|
Ganesh Kumar Gangai Amaren (born 3rd February 1979), better known as Premgi Amaren, is an Indian playback singer, film composer, songwriter and actor. 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. 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 "Gangai Amaran").
Primarily interested in composing music, Premgi started his career as an assistant to film music composer and his cousin Yuvan Shankar Raja, turning a playback singer, singing mostly the rap portions in Yuvan Shankar Raja's compositions, 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.
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. 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. In the upcoming Maanga he plays the lead character and also works as the music composer.
In 2005, he became an independent music director with Gnabagam Varuthe starring his brother. After that he composed for Agathiyan's Nenjathai Killathe and for Thozha, in which he played 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 .
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.
|2005||Kanda Naal Mudhal||Himself||Special appearance|
|Saroja||Ganesh Kumar||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Comedian|
|2011||Mankatha||Prem||Edison Award for Best Comedian
ITFA Best Supporting Actor Award
|2012||Podaa Podi||Special appearance|
|North 24 Kaatham||Vyomkesh||Malayalam film|
As music director
|2009||Adhe Neram Adhe Idam|
|1||Kannum Kannum||Thirupaachi||(hip-hop bit)|
|2||Thee Pidikka||Arinthum Ariyamalum|
|3||Saroja Saman Nikkalo||Chennai 600028|
|5||Pushing it hard||Kanda Naal Mudhal|
|6||Panivizhum Kaalam||Manathodu Mazhaikalam|
|8||Orampo Naina||Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu|
|9||Naanga Beeru Kudichaa||Nenjathai Killadhe|
|10||Machi Open the bottle||Mankatha|
|11||Kattukadanga Puyalena||Veyilodu Vilayadu|
|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|