chat Composer G.V. Prakash, who produces runaway hits like rabbits from a hat, talks about what keeps him going
Beneath G.V. Prakash’s calm demeanour lies a fiercely competitive and restless spirit. It is perhaps this that sets him apart from others in his league. And it is clearly this that helps him deliver a constant stream of hits.
No wonder producers are lining up to get him to score the music for their films. Sample this: No less than 11 films are in his kitty now. The projects include Karthi-starrer Sakuni and Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur have become hits.
GV is clearly delighted with Sakuni . “Four songs have become hits,” he says with a smile. “I particularly like Kandha Karavada because it is full of satire and Karthi’s presence has lifted it. On the whole, I’m delighted with the response to the film; more so because I’ve always been associated with classy films and with this, I have become a part of the commercial segment as well.”
GV has delivered excellence time after time, despite the pressure of ever-growing expectations. As he says, “I am someone who strives to deliver a hit every time I compose a song.” Living up to this celebrity status can be difficult. Does the pressure get to him? “Expectations are mind-boggling,” he admits, “and with every hit, they go up, and pressure levels go up as well. But I try to balance it and handle it with a mature mind.”
There are some music directors who say they have to work under various constraints imposed by the directors. GV agrees that there are indeed constraints; “directors will have a different perspective of the song but I am someone who believes that you have to protect your music. You have to find a balance. I am very open and hear them out but finally, the decision will have to be mine because I take the responsibility for the music delivered to the audience.” However, at the same time, GV shares a very good rapport with all his directors. “There are no ego hassles and that is why there are hits. Directors like Vetrimaran, Vijay and Gayathri Pushkar all share a great understanding and rapport with me because we all started our careers together.”
k. r. manigandan