If you can't emote, you can't be a singer, says music director turned actor GV Prakash

GV Prakash, music director and singer-turned-actor is currently the toast of the Tamil film industry.

Sreedhar Pillai June 22, 2016 10:33:47 IST
If you can't emote, you can't be a singer, says music director turned actor GV Prakash

GV Prakash, music director and singer-turned-actor is currently the toast of the Tamil film industry. The 29 year old GV, as he is popularly known, is the nephew of legendary Mozart of Madras and academy award winner AR Rahman. GV’s fourth film as an actor Enakku Innoru Per Irukku (EIPI), which opened last Friday, has been declared a hit by the trade.

But this is not all. GV is riding a wave, as he has given the music of the Vijay-starrer Theri, which is this summer’s biggest blockbuster. In the Tamil film industry, off late many music directors have turned commercial film heroes like GV Prakash and Vijay Antony, and they have met with a great degree of success at the box-office. Another popular music director in Telugu and Tamil films, Devi Sri Prasad or DSP too, is making his debut in a Telugu film.

If you cant emote you cant be a singer says music director turned actor GV Prakash

GV Prakash in a still from 'EIPI'. Image from Facebook.

So what makes GV tick? He made a name for himself as a composer with his peppy music, especially among the youth. His early films with Dhanush like Polladhavan and Aadukalam created a huge buzz around him. Later Anurag Kashyap was so impressed with him that signed him for the music of Gangs Of Wasseyapur 1 & 2 and Ugly before the acting bug caught him.

In 2015, GV made his debut as an actor in the horror rom-com Darling, which became a sleeper hit. This was followed by the campus murder mystery Pencil. Now that EIPI is a hit, GV has been recognised as a star in Tamil commercial cinema. Last week he won his second Filmfare (South) award in the category of best debutant (Tamil).

In an exclusive interview to Firstpost, GV opens up, “It was noted director AR Murgadoss suggested that I get into acting, after seeing a poster of mine while I was still a music director. Of course I had my doubts about it as I was already a successful composer."

Nonetheless, he decided to take the plunge and took acting classes and groomed for it. Prakash says, “ I looked at it in a different manner. I was already a singer and if you cannot emote you can’t be a good singer. Now, I have improved as an actor and dancer, which are important in commercial cinema.”

GV says his choice of script depends on the commercial viability of the project at the box-office. “The critics may not exactly rave about my kind of films, and dismiss them off as commercial masala entertainers. But I make no bones about it as it is able to attract my core audiences, which is the youth. I am looking more at box-office success more than critical acclaim,” he adds.

As of now GV will continue to act in films and compose music “for friends and those who can adjust to his busy schedule."

He has two more films coming up for release this year – Bruce Lee, a campus story and Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru, a romcom rumoured to be something on the lines of Hangover. But the big news is that GV has signed up to do noted cinematographer, ad filmmaker and director Rajiv Menon’s new untitled film, which will have music by his uncle, AR Rahman.

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