Ace Tamil musician, GV Prakash is a busy man these days. He has many new projects in his kitty. His next venture, the social action-drama 'Ayangaran' is expected to hit screens by June 28.
Directed by Raavi Arasu of 'Eetti' fame, the film is produced under the Common Man Presents, funded by B Ganesh. It features Mahima Nambiar as the female lead along with Kaali Venkat, Arul Dass, Aadukalam Naren, Hareesh Peradi, Abishek, Irene, Siddharth among others in vital roles with music composed by GV Prakash himself.
But Prakash now has a new project up his sleeve called, 'Magathana Manidhargal'. Prakash says, 'When I protested at Neduvasal against the hydrocarbon project, I got in touch with many social activists. We realised that there are many unsung heroes everywhere and people don't know about them. So my series is about such folks.' Prakash adds that as he has many friends who are into social work, they help him to get in touch with his subjects. 'We do research and once it's finalised, we meet and interview,' he says.
Bringing the spotlight
Prakas further explained the format of his latest project. 'It will be released on my YouTube channel. I have decided to fund it myself and not associate with any channels or else my message my shift as every channel have their own ideas,' he explains. 'So it may lead to creative differences. I don't want to sell this show as a commercial project. Through a YouTube channel, I can speak with a clear sense of freedom. Also, digital media these days are brilliant.'
He adds, 'I remember when launching a song on Jallikattu on my channel. Within a few days it reached over 5 lac views and I was overwhelmed by the impact.' He informed that each episode of Magathana Manidhargal has about 40 minutes of content. 'But after editing, it will come around 20 minutes,' he says.
Prakash shared in brief about what viewers can expect in each episode. 'For example, the first episode is about a teacher named Mahalakshmi at Jawadhu hills,' he says. 'She took the initiative to bring more tribal students and make them study at her corporation school. She convinced the parents of the tribal community to make their war pursue education. Today about 400 students study in the school. It is fantastic. I was very happy to interview her. I was with the students and it was nice to interact with them.'
'We hope that after making the videos, it helps our subject to get in touch with more like-minded people and also offer them the appreciation and support they very much deserve,' says Prakash. But how does he manage to do this initiative with many musics and acting commitments on? 'I don't have shooting every day,' he informs. 'I do this without deviating from my filming projects.' He adds, 'When there is no shooting for a long time, my team and I immediately go to meet our next subject. This show is my way of doing something for a social cause.'