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Two stories of success

Director Vetrimaran and music composer G.V. Prakash inspire the young students of Hindusthan College

Photos: S. Siva Saravanan

VETRIMARAN AND G.V. PRAKASH Presenting musical instruments to visually challenged musicians at the Hindusthan College of Arts and Science

It's not everyday that one get's to listen to a renowned music director sing his very own box-office hit. Which is why when G.V. Prakash hummed ‘Yathe Yathe...' with his irrepressible smile, the crowd erupted noisily.

Aadukalam was the buzzword this year at Hilaricas, an inter-college cultural fest at Hindustan College of Arts and Science.

Vetrimaran, the director of the Dhanush starrer and its music director G.V. Prakash were special guests at the cultural extravaganza.

Hilaricas consisted of about 18 competitive events, which included quiz, face paining, web designing, group dance and debate among others. Colleges from various parts of Tamil Nadu such as Namakkal, Thanjavur, Erode, Salem and Trichy took part in the cultural fest.

The much-awaited event of the day was the rendezvous with Vetrimaran and G.V. Prakash – the students made most of the minutes in their company.

Vetrimaran, who has two successive box-office hits to his credit, was in for a surprise – his guru, veteran director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra had sent him his best wishes through the organisers. Speaking on the sidelines of Hilaricas, the thirty-five-year-old said, “I joined him (Balu Mahendra) as an assistant-director immediately after completing my studies in Loyola. I used to answer him back while shooting. But still, he bore with me and moulded me.”

True life

Vetrimaran's first film Polladhavan revolves around the life of a middle-class youth whose life turns topsy-turvy after his bike is stolen. “The movie is based on the experiences of my friend Andrew who lost his bike in North Madras,” said the director, banishing views that the movie drew inspiration from the Italian film Bicycle Thieves.

His second film Aadukalam won accolades for depicting the fiery cockfights of rural Madurai, like never before. The movie, according to Vetrimaran was inspired from Amores perros, a Mexican film based on dog-fights, while portions were inspired from Alex Haley's novel Roots.


The success of a film

Success rests lightly on Vetrimaran's shoulders. He shrugs when complimented on his self-made career. “Balu sir often said that the commercial success of a film is an accident, but making a successful film is an incident. There are a lot of external factors that determine the success of a film - the timing of a release, the movies that come out at around the same time and so on.”

His next film is Vada Chennai, under Cloud Nine Movies. G.V. Prakash will score the music for the film. Will Dhanush play the lead role in this one too?” “No. We haven't decided on it yet.

But Dhanush will be the hero of my fourth film,” he said. Both of Vetrimaran's films have revolved around people living on the margins. “Where there is struggle, there is real content. Over 29 per cent of the people of Tamil Nadu earn less than Rs. 9 per day. It's difficult for us to even portray that,” he said.

Getting a break in tinsel town was not a cake walk for Vetrimaran. Did all the waiting take a toll on him? “Not really. My guru often said that you have to wait patiently. My wait was like that of a fisherman after casting his thoondil in to water – it was like meditation.”

Good musicians

Earlier, Vetrimaran, along with G.V. Prakash gave away musical instruments to ‘Kurinji Paarvaiyattroor Innisai Kuzhu', a band consisting of visually-challenged musicians. “It's an honour to be presenting these to good musicians,” commented the 24-year old Prakash.

The youngster was all excited after successive box office hits such as Angaadi Theru, Madrasapattinam and Aadukalam. He is set to make his Bollywood debut with Shirish Kunder's Joker, starring Akshay Kumar. “Shirish Kunder and (his wife) Farah Kahn are very good friends of mine. It is sweet of them to have given me the opportunity to compose solo and background music for the film,” beamed Prakash. “The movie has a great star cast. I hope I live up to their expectations,” he added.

Having composed music for the Rajinikanth starrer Kuselam, Prakash is one of the youngest composers to have worked with the Superstar. The youngster was all praise for the positive energy of Coimbatore.

“I was here for the promotion of Madrasapattinam. The response is something to be cherished. I've had some great moments here,” he said.

Prakash's other Tamil movies in the pipeline include Deiva Magan starring Vikram, Vetrimaran's Vada Chennai and R. S. Infotainment's Muppozhudhum Un Karpanai.

AKILA KANNADASAN

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