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I’ve found my own space, says GV Prakash
02 February 2019

GV Prakash on balancing his acting and composing assignments

GV Prakash is carving his own niche as an actor. He completed a Bala film last year and is now looking forward to the release of the Rajiv Menon-directed Sarvam Thaala Mayam. Meanwhile, he’s also busy composing; he’s doing Irudhi Suttru Sudha’s next film with Suriya and Vasanthabalan’s Jail, which he’s starring in too. A chat with the composer-turned-actor:

How comfortable are you now in front of the camera?

I’ve found my own space, and I feel I’m doing my kind of cinema. Initially, in my acting career, I was in the entertainment zone, but Bala sir opened up new avenues for me with Naachiyaar. He changed my path and transformed me. And now, Rajiv sir has given me a musical film that gave me a chance to express another range of emotions. There’s Vasanthabalan sir’s film next. There are a lot of interesting projects with strong storylines coming up.

Do you listen to a script as a composer or an actor now?

From the time I entered the industry, I have listened to all scripts like a small boy sitting in a theatre. I forget I’m a composer or an actor. That’s how my brain works. When something strikes a chord, I start thinking of what scope I have and if it will work with audiences.

 

I’ve found my own space, says GV Prakash

What are your memories of Rajiv Menon’s previous films?

When I was a keyboard player in school, there has not been a single concert where I haven’t performed to ‘Vennilave’ or ‘Sandhana Thendrale’. I can play the BGMs right now if you give me a keyboard. That music and the visuals are still ahead of its time. With STM, he’s come up with a musical. One on the lines of La La Land or a Whiplash, with live sound.

You’re an accomplished keyboard player. How difficult was it to master the mridangam for this film?

When I think about the instrument, the first thing that comes to my mind is Umayalpuram Sivaraman sir. I went to him as a student, and learnt for a year. He trained me to get every beat. To get the chaap note alone took me three weeks! I’m lucky to have had good teachers, both in music and in films.

You sang for AR Rahman way back in ‘Chiku Bukku’, and now you’re dancing to his tunes.

I’ve always felt that I should bring some energy to the songs that I dance to, and I’ve tried my best in the ‘Peter Beatu Yethu’ number in the film.

 

 

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