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
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, actor 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. He is a nephew of A.R.Rahman.

Personal life[edit]

Prakash Kumar is the son of G. Venkatesh and playback singer, A. R. Reihana, elder sister of music director A. R. Rahman.[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]


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 (2015 film) 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.

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]


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. A remake of the 2013 Telugu film Prema Katha Chitram, the film got positive reviews. Trisha Illana Nayanthara got released on September 17th which was Vinayagar Chathurthi. On the opening weekend it collected 10 crores. It is a youth hit. It is still going well in theaters. He has signed another film named Bruce Lee. The shooting is suppose to start in October this year. He has signed another film for Sam Anton. For both the movies the heroines are yet to be decided.


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
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)
Aadukalam Pandem Kollu (2015)
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)
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
Ugly# (Hindi)
2015 Pencil
Rajathanthiram #
Idhu Enna Maayam
Kaaval # (5 songs)
Kaaka Muttai
Trisha Illana Nayanthara Trisha Leda Nayanthara
#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
Trisha Illana Nayanthara Jeeva
2016 Pencil Post-production
Bruce Lee Filming
Ketta Payanda Indha Karthi Pre-production
Kadavul Irukkuran Kumaru Pre-production
Kai Pulla Pre-production

As singer[edit]

Year Film Song(s) Notes
2015 Eetti "Un Swasam", "Naan Pudicha Mosakutiye"
2015 Trisha Illana Nayanthara "Bittu Padam Di", "Yenachu Yedhachu"
2015 Kaaval "Un Kannukullara"
2015 Kaaka Muttai "Karuppu Karuppu", "Edhai Ninaithom"
2015 Idhu Enna Maayam "Iravaaga Nee", "Irukiraai"
2015 Komban "Appappa"
2015 Pencil "Yaarai Polum"
2015 Rajathanthiram "Yen Idha Paarvaigal"
2015 Darling "Anbe Anbe", "Sattena Idi Mazhai"
2014 Ugly "Suraj Hai" Hindi
2014 Poriyaalan "Kan Rendum" composed by M. S. Jones
2014 Naan Sigappu Manithan "Elelo", "Idhayam Unnai Theduthey"
2014 Irumbu Kuthirai "Penne Penne"
2013 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai "Nee Enna Pesuvaai", "Facebook Login"
2013 Thalaivaa "Yaarindha Saalai"
2013 Raja Rani "Imaye", "Hey Baby"
2013 Biriyani "Edhirthu Nil" composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 Annakodi "Pothi Vacha"
2013 Udhayam NH4 "Yaaro Ivan", "Vaa Iravugal"
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren "Yaarivano"
2013 Madha Yaanai Koottam "Kona Kondakari" composed by N. R. Raghunandan
2012 Neerparavai "Para Para" composed by N. R. Raghunandan
2012 Sundarapandian "Rekkai Mulaiththen" composed by N. R. Raghunanthan
2012 Thaandavam "Anicham Poovazhagi", "Adhigaalai Pookal"
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" composed by Harris Jayaraj
2005 Anniyan "Kadhal Yaanai" composed by Harris Jayaraj
1995 Muthu "Kuluvalilae" composed by A. R. Rahman
1995 Indira "Ini Achamillai" composed by A. R. Rahman
1995 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
1993 Uzhavan "Maari Mazhai Peyaadho" composed by A. R. Rahman
1993 Gentleman "Chikku Bukku Rayile" composed byA. R. Rahman


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[14]
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