G. V. Prakash Kumar

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G. V. Prakash Kumar
GV Prakash Music Director (cropped).jpg
Born (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 35)[1]
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India (present-day Chennai)[2]
(m. 2013)
Parent(s)G. Venkatesh (Father)
A. R. Reihana (mother)
RelativesA. R. Rahman (uncle)
Bhavani Sre (sister)
Musical career
GenresFilm score
  • Guitar
  • keyboard
  • piano
  • vocals
  • folk instruments
  • drums
Years active2005-Present

G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian composer, actor, producer and singer known for his work in Tamil cinema.[3][4] His first film was S Pictures' Veyil (2006) and he became popular in Tamil cinema by the early 2010s.[5][6] He made his debut in acting on 2015 through Darling.[7] He has won one National Award and two Filmfare Awards in his film career.[8]

Early life[edit]

Prakash Kumar is the only son of G. Venkatesh and playback singer A. R. Reihana, who is the elder sister of music director A. R. Rahman.[9] He also has a younger sister named Bhavani Sre, who is an actress and appeared in films such as Ka Pae Ranasingam and Paava Kadhaigal.

Personal life[edit]

Prakash married his schoolmate, singer Saindhavi, in 2013.[10] The couple became parents to a daughter in 2020.[11]


Music direction[edit]

He first appeared as a vocalist on the soundtrack of director S. Shankar's Tamil film Gentleman (1993), composed by his maternal uncle, A. R. Rahman. He has also contributed to some of Rahman's other projects.[12] He had also worked with Harris Jayaraj and sang two songs in Anniyan (2005) and Unnale Unnale (2007).

G.V. Prakash's introduction as a film composer was in the critically acclaimed Tamil film Veyil (2006) directed by Vasanthabalan and produced by director S. Shankar. His music in the film Madrasapattinam (2010), directed by A. L. Vijay was appreciated, especially his song "Pookal Pookum Tharunam".

He went on to win critical acclaim for his music in Selvaraghavan's fantasy action adventure film Aayirathil Oruvan (2009), National award winning Aadukalam (2010) and drama film Mayakkam Enna (2011), 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 5 minutes and recorded within an hour.[13] 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".[14] Critics from entertainment portal Behindwoods.com cited that Prakash "reiterates his talent once again" and gave a verdict that the album is "intoxicating enough".[15] 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 (2012) was released. His subsequent releases include the political satire Saguni (2012) and the background score of the Hindi crime film Gangs of Wasseypur. Songs of the movie Darling (2015) were hits. Especially "Vandha Mala", "Anbe Anbe" and "Sattunu Idi Mazhai".This is also the debut film for Prakash as an actor. Prakash's songs in Kaaka Muttai (2015) were massive hits. "Karuppu Karuppu" song was on charts for a few months. "Karuppu Nerathazhagi" was a huge hit from Komban (2015). G.V. Prakash signed his 50th film with director Atlee that is Vijay's 59th, which is named Theri (2016).[16]

GV Prakash's Last two releases as a composer and not his film as an actor are Vetrimaaran-Dhanush's Asuran (2019) and Sudha Kongara-Suriya's Soorarai Pottru (2020).[17]

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.[18][19]


In 2012, director A.R. Murugadoss approached Kumar regarding a potential acting venture. Prakash agreed to star in the project, however, the film later failed to take off. 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 that his stage performances as a singer were also helpful in demonstrating his potential as an actor.[20]

Prakash was going to make his acting debut in a film titled Pencil, opposite Sri Divya, where he will be playing a school student.[21] 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. Thereafter, Trisha Illana Nayanthara (2015). The film deals with the present day definition of love and the perspective of today's youngsters of both genders about love, relationship, virginity etc.[22] In 2016, he appeared in Pencil and two comedies films Enakku Innoru Per Irukku and Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru. The next is Bruce Lee (2017). He acted in the climax sequence as cameo appearance with Silambarasan's Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (2017). In 2018, he starred in Bala's action crime Naachiyaar. He acted in second role next to Jyothika. Then the comedy-drama, Semma released on May. In 2019, he had five releases this year with Sarvam Thaala Mayam, Kuppathu Raja, Watchman, Sivappu Manjal Pachai and 100% Kadhal.

In 2021, his film Vanakkam Da Mappilei was a direct to OTT release.[23] It was marks the second collaboration of G. V. Prakash and Rajesh after 2016's Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru.[24] Following Bachelor and Jail were released in December.[25]


As actor[edit]

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2008 Kuselan Himself Cameo appearance in "Cinema Cinema" song
Kathanayakudu Telugu film; cameo appearance in "Cinema Cinema" song
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Cameo appearance in "College Paadam" song
Thalaivaa Dancer Cameo appearance in "Vaanganna" song
2015 Darling Kathir Debut as lead role
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 (Gemini Ganesan)
Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan Jeeva Cameo appearance
2018 Naachiyaar Kaathavarayan
Semma Kulandaivelu
2019 Sarvam Thaala Mayam Peter Johnson
Kuppathu Raja Rocket
Watchman Bala
Sivappu Manjal Pachai Madhan
100% Kadhal Balu
Adangathey Anwar Basha / Kaali Unreleased
2021 Vanakkam Da Mappilei Aravind Released on Sun NXT
Bachelor Darling
Jail Karuna
2022 Selfie Kanal
Ayngaran Mathi
Trap City Films that have not yet been released TBA Independent English-language movie[26]
Idimuzhakkam Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[27]
13 Films that have not yet been released TBA Pre-production[28]

As music composer[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
Mayakkam Enna Mr. Karthik (2016)
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal Nirantharam Nee Oohalo
2012 Endukante... Premanta!
Saguni Sakuni
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1#2 (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# Rajadhi Raja#
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 Half Ticket (Marathi)
Trisha Illana Nayanthara Trisha Leda Nayanthara
2016 Visaranai Vicharana
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku
Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai
Bruce Lee
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru
2017 Mupparimanam
2018 Semma Chinni Krishnudu (2020)
2019 Kuppathu Raja
100% Kadhal
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Soorarai Pottru Aakasam Nee Haddura
2021 Vanakkam Da Mappilei
Thalaivi Thalaivi Thalaivi (Hindi)
2022 Maaran
#Film score by another composer
#2Soundtrack by another composer
Upcoming films as composer
Year Film Notes
2023 Captain Miller[29]
TBA Adangathey
TBA Untitled Akshay Kumar starrer Hindi remake of Soorarai Pottru
TBA Vanangaan
TBA Sardar
TBA Vaadivaasal
TBA Kadhalikka Yaarumillai
TBA Rudhran Releasing on 25 December 2022[30]
TBA Rebel
TBA Tiger Nageswara Rao Telugu film.
TBA Vaathi / Sir Tamil - Telugu bilingual film[31]
2023 Mark Antony (Vishal 33)
TBA Siren
  • 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
Year Film Channel Notes
2011 Appanum Aathalum Kalaignar TV

As singer[edit]

Film songs
Year Film Song(s) Lyrics Co-Singer(s) Notes
2022 Koogle Kuttappa "Alai Alai" Madhan Karky Deepthi Suresh Composed by Ghibran
2021 Etharkkum Thunindhavan "Vaada Thambi" Vignesh Shivan Anirudh Ravichander Composed by D Imman
Bagheera "Psycho Raja" Ramya Nambeesan Composed by Ganesan Sekar
Aanandham Vilayadum Veedu Nee En Usuru Pulla Sivaangi Krishnakumar Composed by Siddhu Kumar
Login "No Mattum Sollu" Composed by Vibin R
2020 Soorarai Pottru "Usurey" Maya Mahalingam
2019 Asuran "Pollatha boomi" Yugabharathi Dhanush, Ken Karunas, Teejay Arunachalam
Vanigan "Vaadi muttakanni" Composed by Suresh Kumar T R and Bhuvanesh Selvanesan
Party "Thean Pudhu Thean" Saindhavi Composed by Premgi Amaren
100% Kadhal "Kannum Kannum Plus" Maalavika Sundar
"Oru Vaanam" Andrea Jeremiah
Sarvam Thaala Mayam [32] "Peter Beata Edhu" Sathyaprakash, Arjun Chandy Composed by A. R. Rahman
2018 Lakshmi "Ala Ala" Saindhavi Composed by Sam C. S.
Naachiyaar "Unna Vitta Yaarum Illa" Priyanka Composed by Ilayaraja
2017 Mersal "Mersal Arasan" Vivek Naresh Iyer, Sharanya Srinivas, T. G. Vishwaprasad Composed by A. R. Rahman
2016 Bruce Lee "Sugar Mint-u Kari" M. M. Manasi
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru "Gum Zaare" Al Rufin, Malavika Sundar
"Hey paathu podi" Grace Karunas, Ken Karunas
"Nee pona theruvula" M. C. Vickey, Vishnupriya Ravi
Adra Machan Visilu "Yaru Iva" Namitha Babu Composed by N. R. Raghunandan
Theri "Eena Meena Teeka" Pa. Vijay and Arunraja Kamaraj (RAP part) Uthara Unnikrishnan
2015 Eetti "Un Swasam" MC Vickey, Maya
"Naan Pudicha Mosakutiye" Shakthisree Gopalan
Trisha Illana Nayanthara "Bittu Padam Di" Kalyani Pradeep, Saindhavi
"Yenachu Yedhachu" Adhik Ravichandran
Kaaval "Un Kannukullara" Priya Himesh
Kaaka Muttai "Edhai Ninaithom"
"Karuppu Karuppu"
Idhu Enna Maayam "Iravaaga Nee" Saindhavi
"Irukiraai" Harini
Komban "Appappa" Shreya Ghoshal
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
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam "Pen Maegam Polavae" Composed by Sharreth
Naan Sigappu Manithan "Elelo", "Idhayam Unnai Theduthey" Composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Irumbu Kuthirai "Penne Penne" Composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar
2013 JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai "Nee Enna Pesuvaai", "Facebook Login"
Thalaivaa "Yaar Indha Saalai Oram" Na. Muthukumar
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"
Saguni "Manasellam Mazhaiye" Na. Muthukumar Sonu Nigam, Saindhavi Composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar
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
1999 Suriya Paarvai "Ganapathi Thatha" Composed by S. A. Rajkumar
1999 Mudhalvan "Alagaana Ratchachiye" Composed by A. R. Rahman
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

International Single

Year Album Song Singer Co-Singer Lyrics Composer Notes
2020 High & Dry High and Dry G. V. Prakash Kumar Julia Gartha Julia Gartha G. V. Prakash Kumar,

Julia Gartha

First International Song by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Independent songs
Year Song(s) Composer Notes
2022 Vaadi En Chellakutty Arul Raj
2021 Hey Singari Arul raj
2020 High & Dry Julia Gartha

As dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film Actor Notes
1994 The Lion King Young Simba For Tamil Version
2021 99 Songs Ehan Bhatt For Tamil version[33]


National Film Awards
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
  • 2012: MTV VMAI Award for Best Regional Music Video – "Uyirin Uyire" from Thaandavam
South Indian International Movie Awards
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


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