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He dropped out of school to be­come a mu­sic di­rec­tor when he was barely 18. Prakash started his ca­reer as a vo­cal­ist for the cult song, Chikkubukku from the film Gen­tle­man (1993), the mu­sic of which was scored by AR Rah­man, Prakash’s ma­ter­nal un­cle. “I got close to Rah­man-sir only in the later days of my ca­reer,” says Prakash squash­ing ru­mours about his un­cle hav­ing bought him a ticket to mu­sic­town. Prakash’s mu­si­cal de­but in S Shankar’s 2006 Tamil film Veyyil made the in­dus­try sit up and take note. In 2008, he bagged the Ra­jinikanth star­rer Kuse­lan and that cat­a­pulted him into the big league. Prakash has two Film­fare nom­i­na­tions to his name, both in the year 2010 for Aayi­rathil Oru­van and

Madras­ap­at­ti­nam. His most re­cent sound­track, Mayakkam Enna (di­rected by Sel­varagha­van) has gar­nered pos­i­tive re­views from both crit­ics and lis­ten­ers alike.

BOL­LY­WOOD CALL­ING Prakash has bagged Bol­ly­wood di­rec­tor Shirish Kun­der’s up­com­ing film Joker with Ak­shay Ku­mar. Anurag Kashyap has also asked Prakash to score the mu­sic for his up­com­ing film Gangs of Wassey­pur.

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GV PRAKASH, 24, Mu­sic di­rec­tor

“Com­pos­ing for Bol­ly­wood is no dif­fer­ent from the work I do for films in the South. I give

my 100 per cent ev­ery time.”

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