GV Prakash: 20-year-old wonder

By Abirami Muthukrishnan


Roller skates would be an ideal present for G.V Prakash, who turns 21 this year. Squeezing an interview in between an exhaustive meeting with director Selvaraghavan for Aaryirathil Oruvan (in which he has replaced Yuvan Shankar Raja) and a composing session with lyricist Vairamuthu for the IPL’s Chennai Super Kings’ theme song, the young music director is on the go 24 by 7. Ergo caught up with him at his studio in T Nagar.

Two years ago you made your debut with Shankar’s production Veyil. How did that come about?

“When I met Shankar, I told him if I had composed for Kadhal, I would have done it better,” he laughs. “I was doing jingles and assisting other music directors then. Vasanthabalan, the director of Veyil, had heard my compositions for Nokia and first anniversary tune for Radio Mirchi and selected me.Later when I met Shankar, he laughed and told me, ‘You said you would do it better, right? Let’s see what you can do.’ He was very impressed after he heard the compositions for the lyrics in Veyil.”


Prakash has composed songs for the much-awaited Kushelan. Big project indeed, composing for the Superstar at this young an age.

How different is it, composing for your 10th film compared to the Veyil experience?

“There was a lot of pressure then. First film and Shankar’s banner as well. It was a dream debut, and I need to deliver. Well, now I am used to the pressure,” he laughs. “Three songs in Kushelan will feature the Superstar and one song is about the Superstar,” he says.

Which song of yours do you like the most?

“Some tunes come to me in 5 minutes, and some take days to come together. The one tune that I love is Idhu Enna Maaya‘ from Oram Po. The music is floating and light. Making music is like giving a piece of yourself. And the picturisation enhanced the feel I had infused in the music.

The one you don’t like?

“I was not impressed with the way Uruguthey in Veyil  looked, though I loved how Veyilodu Uravaadi in the same film was picturised.”

The director you would give an arm to work with?

Selvaraghavan is the one I absolutely adore. His movies have a certain quality in them that I admire. I have started working for his next movie. By God’s grace, I am getting wonderful opportunities.

Which spot is the best for composing?

“I have only gone to Kuala Lumpur,” he laughs.

If you could go anywhere, where would you choose to go?

“I would like to go to Australia, especially Melbourne. I have a thing for that place.”

We hear that you are a regular party animal. So where in Chennai is the best to chill after a long day at the studio?

“I like Pasha and Dublin. But I would have barely been there three times. There is no time to party,” a rueful smile appears.

What do you think of remixes?

“If the director insists, I suppose I will have to do it,” he grimaces. “But personally, I don’t believe in passing off other people’s hits with a few beats thrown in, as my own.”

Is it true you have a girlfriend in M.O.P?

He gets shy. Then retorts: “No. Where do these rumours originate? Maybe you could help me find one though.”

Where would you be five years from now?

“I am the kind that goes with the flow. But as far as immediate plans go, I want to do an album, my own kind of music, with international flavours. I am working on the concept for it now. It will release next year. And someday I would like to get into production. I love movies, watch one whenever time permits. I want to produce good movies, with international standards.”

Fact File:

Born: June 13, 1987

Education: Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai

Instrument: Solo Piano, Gold Medallist, Grade 8, Trinity College, London

Future projects: Leelai, Ananda Thandavam, Aayirathil Oruvan and Kushelan

First shot at fame: Sang in Chikku Bukku Railu, Gentleman when he was a kid.


12 Responses to “GV Prakash: 20-year-old wonder”

  1. nila on October 20th, 2008 1:37 am

    give me g.v’s phone # plz???

  2. Stylishtamil91 on October 20th, 2008 11:41 pm

    y would u like 2hav his num ?? he is single now an he will be single u neva get his num haha im his great fan enakae kidaikaley ungalukku kidaikumaaa?? i love his songs veryyyyyyyyyyy much ;)

  3. jithendra on July 18th, 2009 6:35 pm

    hi anna ..tis is jithu… u u u u u de next rahman

  4. dr basheer on August 15th, 2009 10:59 pm

    happy to know that you are doing for hindi flms i m phd in hindi lyricst in hindi will give meaning ful lyrics plgive me chance

  5. rajesh on February 9th, 2010 6:42 pm

    hi this is rajesh …..iam doing my 8 th grade in trinity exam(piano) will u pls give some tips

  6. dr ramya on October 4th, 2010 11:11 pm

    i love ur music vry much……………..and keep rocking………

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    once a week i use a roller skate as my exercise ,;’

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