GV Prakash Kumar is not only known for his musical and acting talents, but he is also a social activist who raises his voice and takes part in protests to create awareness as in Jallikattu, hydrocarbon issue, farmers’ concerns etc. He has gone a step ahead now in starting a series called Magathana Manithargal, to bring out stories of those unsung heroes who have contributed to society. The weekly show will be aired on GVP’s new YouTube channel ‘GV Prakash Kumar’.
“The spotlight is on the achievement of people who made a difference in the society and it is a non-commercialised programme without any ads. That’s the reason, I didn’t opt for a satellite channel which would have their own restrictions and policies and my freedom of expression would be curtailed,” GVP tells DC even as he speaks about his new initiative.
“The first episode will feature a teacher named Mahalakshmi from Jawad hills, who has done an incredible job in the field of education. From a zero level student in the government school in hilly terrain, she has brought education to 500 students who study in the school which has up to 7th grade. Thanks to her tireless perseverance and efforts with the local inhabitants who are mostly from the tribal community. She has enlightened so many children.”
Prakash is not doing the series by bringing these achievers to his studio sets. “I wanted to personally undergo the experiences and hence I am reaching out to their places and interacting with them. It would also help us understand their problems, shortcomings and do the needful. We may also reach out to the government if the situation warrants,” he said.
The Sarvam Thaala Mayam star also plans to bring experts from respective fields to give their valuable opinions in each episode. “This would add more authenticity to Magathana Manithargaland sensitise the issue when required.”
A team is working on research into every week’s topic. The following weeks will see people who made a mark in effective water system management, a Tamil teacher who has coached and shaped more than 1,000 officers in TNPC and UPSC, a person who had been training the disabled for Paralympics, etc.
On the work front, GVP has an exciting list of films, be it acting or scoring music. “Sivappu Manjal Pachai in Sasi sir’s direction has interesting premises, which is about three personalities namely me and my elder sister played by Jomol and her husband essayed by Siddharth. Jail in Vasanta Balan’s direction is an important film where politics is discussed. It addresses an issue om housing board areas, and here he has taken Kannagi Nagar as the locality.”
GVP will be composing music for Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru with Sudha, Dhanush’s Asuran and Jayalalithaa’s biopic Thalaivi with director Vijay. “Since it’s a biopic, I want to give a retro flavor to Thalaviin ace Madan Mohan sir style of treatment,” Prakash signs off with a smile.