Prashant Pillai

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Prashant Pillai
Born (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 40)
OriginPune, Maharashtra, India
GenresFilm music, film score, sonic branding, soul, new-age, electronic, world, soul, pop
Occupation(s)Music producer, music programmer,bandleader, composer, arranger
InstrumentsPercussions, piano
Years active2000 – Present
LabelsMadras Blues Records (present)

Prashant Pillai (born 8 September 1981) is a music producer and composer from India.

Early career[edit]

After completing his Sound engineering in Chennai, he went on to work with A.R.Rahman. After a short stint with him, he moved on and settled in Pune, where he started scoring for ad jingles, web sonics, and short films. Pillai considers A.R.Rahman to be his professional guide and mentor.

In early 2004, Pillai got his first break to compose a radio jingle and then went on to compose jingles, for both radio and television consumption.

In the year 2007, Prashant scored music for Bejoy Nambiar's, critically acclaimed short film Rahu where he teamed with singer K. S. Krishnan. Bejoy's uncanny knack of selecting unusual and experimental sounds, resulted in Prashant working on a soundtrack, which he still claims to be his best. Rahu soundtrack features Murtaza and Qadir Khan, sons of the Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. They feature in the soundtrack for the Sufi song, "Betaabi". This song was later used in a Malayalam film City of God.

Film scoring and soundtracks[edit]

Prashant's first break in feature films came when debutant Lijo Jose Pellissery roped him for the Malayalam film Nayakan, in March 2010. The film featured actors like Indrajith, Thilakan, Siddique and Jagathy Sreekumar in pivotal roles. Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman released the music of the movie.[1][2]

A.R.Rahman releasing Prashant Pillai's music – Nayakan OST

Prashant's mentor A.R.Rahman released the soundtrack of Nayakan on 16 March 2010, at Rahman's Panchathan Studios in Chennai.[3][4][5] The Nayakan soundtrack features, 6 songs, one of which is sung by Indrajith (the lead of the film) himself. Prashant worked on this project for over one and a half years, and has fused in elements that is new to the Malayali audience.

In 2011, Prashant collaborated with Lijo once again for City of God[6] which opened to mixed reviews.[7][8][9] The movie stars Prithviraj and Indrajith as pivotal characters, along with Parvathi, Rima Kallingal and Shwetha Menon.

In 2011, he made his debut into commercial cinema with the Bollywood film Shaitan,[10] directed by his now close friend, mentor and director Bejoy Nambiar, for which Pillai has scored majority of the songs. The film, produced by Anurag Kashyap has a unique soundscape to it; co-composed by eminent composers like Ranjit Barot, Amar Mohile and Anupam Roy. In the same year Prashant scored the original background music for the Malayalam film Bombay March 12 starring National Award winner Mammootty directed by screenwriter Babu Janardhan.

2012 saw Prashant scoring the background music for Siddarth Bharathan's Nidra a remake of his father Bharathan's 1981 film also titled Nidra. The film wasn't a commercial hit, but the film and its score was appreciated for its definitive style.[11] Prashant also scored background music for MTV Rush, a series of 12 short stories on the leading music and entertainment television channel MTV, directed by Bejoy Nambiar of Shaitan fame.

Jan 2013 saw the release of Prashant's third soundtrack for Bejoy Nambiar, in his upcoming film, David. The soundtrack, which was supervised and co-produced by Prashant, is a compilation of various bands like Bram Fatura, Light Years Explode, MaatiBaani as also artists like Remo Fernandes, Anirudh Ravichander and Mikey McCleary. Apart from sound design, Prashant's tracks in the film feature eminent singers like Lucky Ali, Karthik, Shweta Pandit and Naresh Iyer. The film stars Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jiiva, Isha Sharvani and Tabu among others, released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He also composed the background score for the Hindi film Issaq directed by Manish Tiwary.

Post City of God[6] Prashant composed the music for Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam musical film titled Amen. The music became very popular and the film subsequently became a major blockbuster. The album featured artists like Ramya Nambeesan, Alyssa Mendonsa and Lucky Ali. This is a romantic comedy featuring actors Indrajith Sukumaran, Fahadh Faasil, Swati of Subramaniapuram fame and Kalabhavan Mani among others. Prashant was subsequently roped in by veteran filmmaker Lal Jose for Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal.

In 2014, composed for Ajith Pillai's Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and debutant Santhosh Nair's Money Ratnam. 2015 saw four of his films release one of which was Double Barrel, his fourth collaboration with filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery and his debut Tamil film Andhra Mess.


Selected Discography[edit]

Year Title Genre Group Label
2003 Om Ganeshaya Namaha (as Prashant Pillai) Devotional Independent
2005 Amhi Puneri (as Prashant Pillai) Pop Independent
2011 debut (as Prashant Pillai) World/Fusion/Lounge Groove Loves Company Madras Blues Rechords


Feature Films[edit]

No Year Title Language Notes
1 2010 Nayakan Malayalam Songs and Background Score
2 2011 City of God
3 Shaitan Hindi 7 of 14 songs featured the film
4 Bombay March 12 Malayalam Background Score only.
5 2012 Nidra
6 Nee Ko Njaa Cha Songs only.
7 2013 David / David Hindi / Tamil 3 Songs
8 Amen Malayalam Songs and Background Score
9 5 Sundarikal Song and Background Score for Isha
10 Sixteen Hindi 3 Songs and Background Score
11 Issaq Background Score only.
12 Zachariayude Garbhinikal Malayalam
13 Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal Malayalam Songs and Background Score
14 2014 Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal
15 Money Ratnam
16 Mamachya Gavala Jaaoo Yaa Marathi
17 2015 Chandrettan Evideya Malayalam
18 Double Barrel
19 Rockstar
20 2016 Wazir Hindi 1 song only.
21 Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Malayalam Songs and Background Score
22 2017 Angamaly Diaries Malayalam Songs and Background Score
23 Sakhavu
24 Keshava Telugu Background Score only
25 Varnyathil Ashanka Malayalam Songs and Background Score
26 Solo Malayalam / Tamil 1 Song + Background Score ( for Blind )
27 2018 Mukkabaaz Hindi Background Score only
28 Ee.Ma.Yau Malayalam Songs and Background Score
29 Andhra Mess Tamil
30 Padayottam (2018 film) Malayalam
31 French Viplavam
32 2019 Unda
33 Jallikattu
34 Ranarangam Telugu Background score, 2 songs only
34 Mariyam Vannu Vilakkoothi Malayalam Additional songs only.
35 Sayanna Varthakal Songs and Background Score
36 Chappad Phaad Ke Hindi Independent film directly released on OTT platform, Hotstar.Songs and Background Score
37 2020 Bamfaad Background Score only.Directly released on OTT platform, ZEE5
38 Saajan Bakery Malayalam Songs and Background Score
39 Taish Hindi 2 songs only
39 2021 Mumbaikar Hindi
40 2021 Chathuram Malayalam

Short Film[edit]

No Year Title Language Notes
1 2007 Rahu Malayalam
Co-composed with Krishnan.
Credited as Prashant-Krishnan
Songs and Background Score
2 2012 Kaun Kamleshwar Hindi Songs and Background Score
3 2017 LAFS Hindi Background Score


  1. ^ enotes: Sify reviews Malayalam film Nayakan
  2. ^ enotes: Rediff reviews Malayalam film Nayakan
  3. ^ enotes: Yahoo News on A.R.Rahman releasing Nayakan[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ enotes: Prashant Pillai's Blog on A.R.Rahman releasing Nayakan Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ enotes: YouTube Video of A.R.Rahman releasing Nayakan
  6. ^ a b enotes: IMDB Page of City of God
  7. ^ enotes: Rediff reviews City of God
  8. ^ enotes: Now Running reviews City of God
  9. ^ enotes: IndiaGlitz reviews City of God
  10. ^ enotes: IMDB Page of Shaitan
  11. ^ "Nidra Review | Nidra Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen".
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