G V Prakash Kumar is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer, actor and singer. He has mainly scored music for Tamil films. His first film was S Pictures' Veyil (2006) and he became popular in Tamil cinema by the early 2010s. He has ventured into film production and acting. Prakash is the nephew of the legendary two time Academy Award winning Chennai film music composer A. R. Rahman.
Prakash's introduction as a film composer was in the critically acclaimed the Tamil film Veyil, directed by Vasantha Balan and produced by the director S. Shankar. All the songs in Veyil were well received. He recently composed Kireedam, and all the songs emerged as super hit songs especially the song 'Akkam Pakkam' which was a chartbuster.
Highly noticed in the Tamil film music industry for his dedication and after giving numerous chartbusters, he is currently scoring up-coming movies Ananda Thandavam, Naan Aval Adhu and Kuselan .
He first appeared as a vocalist on the soundtrack of director S. Shankar's Tamil film Gentleman, composed by A. R. Rahman. He has also contributed to Rahman's other projects like 'Thiruda Thiruda,' Maymaadam' and others.
G. V. Prakash Kumar is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Venkatesh. His mother is also a famous singer, A R Reihana, sister of music director A. R. Rahman. He also has a younger sister, Bhavani.
In 2013, Prakash Kumar launched his own production house under the name "GV Prakash Kumar Productions". His first film, Madha Yaanai Koottam was directed by Vikram Sugumaran a former assistant of Balu Mahendra.
In 2012, director AR Murugadoss had seen a picture of G. V. Prakash on a poster promoting his work in A. L. Vijay's Thaandavam and contacted him regarding a potential acting venture. Prakash agreed to star in the project and though the film later failed to take off, he remained interested in acting opportunities. He subsequently signed on to appear in three films in quick succession, with the three entering production simultaneously.
In order to further his acting ability, he took lessons from actor Aadukalam Naren and has noted his stage performances as a singer, were also helpful in demonstrating his potential as an actor. Prakash was going to make his acting debut in a film titled Pencil opposite Sri Divya, where he will be playing a school student.
However, as Pencil's release was delayed, his first release became the horror film, Darling. A remake of the 2013 Telugu film Prema Katha Chitram, the film got positive reviews. Trisha Illana Nayanthara got released on September 17 which was Vinayagar Chathurthi. On the opening weekend it collected 10 crores. It is a youth hit. It is still going well in theaters.
He has signed another film named Bruce Lee. The shooting has started in October last year and the flim is to be expected to hit the screens in summer. Kriti Kharbanda, the debutant actress will be the lead opposite of Prakash in Bruce Lee. Next with Sam Anton for Enakku Innoru Per Irukku which is produced by Lyca Productions.