G. V. Prakash Kumar

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G. V. Prakash Kumar
Also known as G V Prakash, GV
Born (1987-06-13) June 13, 1987 (age 30)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score
Occupation(s)

Film composer, instrumentalist, playback singer, film producer, actor

Relatives see Rahman family tree
Instruments Guitar, keyboard/piano, vocals (playback singing)
Years active 2006–present
Website www.gvprakashkumar.com

G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer, actor and singer. He has predominantly scored music for Tamil films. His first film was S Pictures' Veyyil (2006) and he became popular in Tamil cinema by the early 2010s.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Prakash Kumar is the son of G Venkatesh and playback singer, A. R. Reihana, the elder sister of music director A. R. Rahman(Isai puyal).[2] Prakash married singer Saindhavi, with whom he studied at Chettinad Vidyashram, 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.

GV 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.[5] 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".[6] Critics from entertainment portal Behindwoods.com cited that Prakash "reiterates his talent once again" and gave a verdict that the album is "intoxicating enough".[7] 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. The movie Darling songs were a hit. Especially "Vandha Mala", "Anbe Anbe", and "Sattunu Idi Mazhai". Prakash's songs in Kaaka Muttai were a massive hit. "Karuppu Karuppu" song was on charts for a few months. "Karuppu Nerathazhagi" was a huge hit from Komban. GV Prakash signed his 50th film with Director Atlee that is Vijay 's 59th which is named as Theri.The movie soundtrack rated 3.25/5 by Behindwoods.

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.[8][9]

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.[10] Prakash was going to make his acting debut in a film titled Pencil opposite Sri Divya, where he will be playing a school student.[11] However, as Pencil's release was delayed, his first release became the horror film, Darling.

As of November 2016, G. V. Prakash Kumar is currently working on several projects simultaneously. Currently he is working on the productions of Venkat Pakkar's comedy film 4G, Ravi Arasu's Ayngaran, Bala's Naachiyaar, Vallikanth's Semma, Baba Bhaskar's Kuppathu Raja and Shanmugam Muthusamy's action film Adangathey, where he features in an ensemble cast including Sarathkumar, Surabhi and Mandira Bedi. Other films he has signed include Sarvam Thaala Maayam by Rajiv Menon, Virgin Mappillai by Adhik Ravichandran, an untitled family drama film by Sasi and another untitled film by Vetrimaaran.[12][13][14] G. V. Prakash Kumar has signed Seeman directorial Kobam which is going on floors in October 2017.[15]

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 Pandem Kollu (2015)
2011 Narthagi
Deiva Thirumagal Nanna
Mayakkam Enna Mr. Karthik (2016)
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# Rajadhi Raja#
Nimirndhu Nil Janda Pai Kapiraju
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan Indrudu
Saivam
Irumbu Kuthirai
Darling
Ugly# (Hindi)
2015 Pencil
Rajathanthiram #
Komban
Idhu Enna Maayam
Kaaval # (5 songs)
Kaaka Muttai Half Ticket (2016) (Marathi)
Trisha Illana Nayanthara Trisha Leda Nayanthara
Eetti
2016 Visaranai Vicharana
Theri (50th film) Policeodu
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku
Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai
Bruce Lee
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru
2017 Mupparimanam
Lens
Semma
#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
2008 Kuselan Himself Cameo appearance in "Cinema Cinema" song
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Himself Cameo appearance in "College Padam" song
Thalaivaa Bar dancer Cameo appearance in "Vaanganna" song
2015 Darling Kathir Edison Award for Debut Actor
SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South
JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai Himself Cameo appearance in "Title" song
Trisha Illana Nayanthara Jeeva
2016 Pencil Shiva
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Johnny
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Kumar
2017 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee
Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Jeeva Cameo appearance
Semma Post-production
2018 Adangathey Post-production
4G Post-production
Ayngaran Post-production
Naachiyaar Post-production
Kuppathu Raja Filming
100% Kadhal Filming
Rettai Kombu Pre-production
Sarvam Thaala Mayam Pre-production

As singer[edit]

Year Film Song(s) Notes
2017 Mersal "Mersal Arasan" composed by A. R. Rahman
Bruce Lee " Sugar Mint-u Kari "
2016 Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru "Hey paathu podi" , " Nee pona theruvula " , " Gum Zaare "
Adra Machan Visilu "Yaru Iva" composed by N. R. Raghunandan
Theri "Eena Meena Teeka", "En Jeevan II"
2015 Eetti "Un Swasam", "Naan Pudicha Mosakutiye"
Trisha Illana Nayanthara "Bittu Padam Di", "Yenachu Yedhachu"
Kaaval "Un Kannukullara"
Kaaka Muttai "Karuppu Karuppu", "Edhai Ninaithom"
Idhu Enna Maayam "Iravaaga Nee", "Irukiraai"
Komban "Appappa"
Pencil "Yaarai Polum", "Kangaliliae II" , "LED Kannala II"
Rajathanthiram "Yen Idha Paarvaigal"
Darling "Anbe Anbe", "Sattena Idi Mazhai"
2014 Ugly "Suraj Hai" Hindi
Poriyaalan "Kan Rendum" composed by M. S. Jones
Naan Sigappu Manithan "Elelo", "Idhayam Unnai Theduthey"
Irumbu Kuthirai "Penne Penne"
2013 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai "Nee Enna Pesuvaai", "Facebook Login"
Thalaivaa "Yaarindha Saalai"
Raja Rani "Imaye", "Hey Baby"
Biriyani "Edhirthu Nil" composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Annakodi "Pothi Vacha"
Udhayam NH4 "Yaaro Ivan", "Vaa Iravugal"
Naan Rajavaga Pogiren "Yaarivano"
Madha Yaanai Koottam "Kona Kondakari" composed by N. R. Raghunanthan
2012 Neerparavai "Para Para" composed by N. R. Raghunanthan
Sundarapandian "Rekkai Mulaiththen" composed by N. R. Raghunanthan
Thaandavam "Anicham Poovazhagi", "Adhigaalai Pookal"
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal "Oru Murai"
2011 Mayakkam Enna "Pirai Thedum"
2010 Va "Unnai Kann", "Sharp Sharpji"
Aadukalam "Yaathe"
Aayirathil Oruvan "Indha Paadhai"
2007 Unnale Unnale "Hello Miss" composed by Harris Jayaraj
2005 Anniyan "Kadhal Yaanai" composed by Harris Jayaraj
1995 Muthu "Kuluvalilae" composed by A. R. Rahman
Indira "Ini Achamillai" composed by A. R. Rahman
Bombay "Kuchi Kuchi" composed by A. R. Rahman
1994 May Madham "Madrasai Suthi", "Palakkattu Machanukku" composed by A. R. Rahman
1993 Uzhavan "Kaathu Kaathu Dinam Kaathu" composed by A. R. Rahman
Uzhavan "Maari Mazhai Peyaadho" composed by A. R. Rahman
Gentleman "Chikku Bukku Rayile" composed by A. R. Rahman

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[17]
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]

  1. ^ "GV Prakash to marry singer Saindhavi". www.filmibeat.com. 
  2. ^ "Reihana Interview". Behindwoods. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "GV Prakash-Saindhavi wedding on June 27!". Sify. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "A passion for music". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Audio launch of Mayakkam Enna". The Times of India. 21 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Review: Mayakkam Enna songs are entertaining". Rediff. 22 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mayakkam Enna Music Review". 
  8. ^ "GV Prakash Kumar turns producer". Indian Express. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "G V Prakash turns producer". Times of India. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Sudhir Srinivasan. "On a different note". The Hindu. 
  11. ^ "GV Prakash turns hero in 'Pencil'". The New Indian Express. 
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/The-jack-of-all-trades/article17288164.ece
  13. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-16/gvprakash-to-team-up-with-director-ravi-arasu-for-his-next.html
  14. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/Parthiepan-key-to-Dhruva-Natchathiram/article17311663.ece
  15. ^ "GV Prakash and Seeman unite". www.deccanchronicle.com/. 2017-06-03. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  16. ^ "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011(South)". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Uyirin Uyire gets award". Times of India. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.