Bachelor – GV Prakash: ‘Bachelor’ is a contemporary retelling of a terrible relationship.
‘Bachelor’ and ‘Jail,’ the music composer-turned-actor talks about his impending back-to-back releases.
For music composer-turned-actor GV Prakash, the year 2021 is coming to a close on a high note. While The Bachelor premieres this Friday, his Jail premieres the next week.
Prakash has come a long way for a musician who also happens to be an accidental actor, having made his cinematic debut in Darling in 2015. He’s taken up the craft more seriously lately and is eager to learn.
“After my debut feature, I worked on a series of comedic films.” Naachiyar (2018), directed by Bala, defied expectations in terms of body language, appearance, and acting skills. Sarvam Thala Mayam and Sivappu Manjal Pachai followed, and I was fortunate to be cast in roles that I enjoyed.”
Bachelor and Jail are suitable sequels to a slew of serious issues he’s been studying recently. “I believe that with each film, whether it’s acting or music creation, I’m growing better.” That is my goal with every endeavour I do.”
He’s attempting to offer a glimpse into a poisonous connection between a guy and a girl with Bachelor. In the trailer for this film, directed by Sathish Selvakumar and produced by G Dillibabu, the statement “Lust has grown more powerful than love” appears. “This isn’t a jaali (joyous) movie.” It’s a serious topic, and it’s a study of how a man-woman relationship may devolve into a chaotic affair. Prakash, who co-stars with Divyabharathi in the film, adds, “It will be a contemporary perspective on toxic relationships.”
In the film, which also stars Munishkanth and Bhagavathi Perumal, Prakash plays Darling, a character who is totally different from who he is in real life. “I’m naturally thuru thuru (restless), but the character I portray is laid-back and doesn’t blink an eyelid even if the world around him falls apart.” If you ask him a question, he will respond in around 30 seconds. As an actor, this opened up a lot of doors; I learned how to utilise my eyes and make’stays’ while acting. In prison, on the other hand, I’m Karuna, a pickpocket and a skilled thief.”
In retrospect, Prakash views Naachiyar to be his coming-of-age picture and one of his career’s high points. “I didn’t think I had it in me to physically modify myself for a part until then.” Director Bala, who I consider to be one of my mentors, believed in me. Similarly, Baba Bhaskar (choreographer-director) forced me to dance when I didn’t think I had it in me,” recalls Prakash, whose recent highlights include seeing Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen perform and attending Natalie Portman’s acting lessons.
Though acting is right now on his mind, music isn’t far behind. GV Prakash’s latest compositions include huge names like Soorarai Potru and Thalaivi, and he has more intriguing projects in the works. So, what’s his formula for writing a hit song? “The more basic a music is, the farthest it will go.” This isn’t to say that simple is bad; there’s a fine line between the two, and as composers, we need to find it and hope that listeners enjoy it.”
He claims that he has a “fantastic line-up of projects” coming up soon. Prakash’s next films are Selfie and Idimuzhakkam, in addition to his two current releases. “I needed time to polish and analyse myself in order to develop this bank, just like I did when I was at my lowest as a composer.” I endured a succession of lows after my initial musical release Veyyil, before Aayirathil Oruvan lifted things up. After then, there was a calm till Aadukalam arrived. It’s been a graph with peaks and valleys. But, at the end of the day, all that matters is your willingness to learn.”
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