The half-yearly playlist: Music that rocked Tamil cinema in the first half of 2019

The beginning of July signals half-time and it’s a good time to look back on the year and pick favourites. 2019 has been a particularly rewarding year for the Tamil musicophile. So, sit back, relax and sing along, as we take stock of some lilting tunes, this year, that won’t be leaving our playlists anytime soon.

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GV Prakash Kumar, the quintessential boy-next-door

From a music director-turned-actor to an actor-composer, GV Prakash’s rise as a hero is noteworthy. After Bala’s Naachiyaar and Rajiv Menon’s Sarvam Thala Mayam, the actor is now stepping into newer, more ‘serious’ zones. The idea, he says, is to explore as much as possible and learn every day. For instance, the energy of his character in Kuppathu Raja is what excited him about the project. This directorial debut of choreographer Baba Bhaskar also sees him experiment with dancing. “We have shot the introduction number with a lot of effort. Baba Bhaskar is a very sensible director,” he says as we sit down to talk about his acting career, stepping back into the music world, and much more.

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Sarvam Thaala Mayam review: An important story, but an inconsistent film

Rajiv Menon’s Sarvam Thaala Mayam is one film that I had been waiting to see for quite some time. Not just because I like Rajiv’s body of work, (Kandukondein Kandukondein is one of my favourite films, period.) but also due to the nature of the film. It follows the story of Peter Johnson (GV Prakash Kumar), a Dalit Christian who aspires to become a Mridangist and break into the ranks of sabha artists. The storyline was of immediate interest, not just due to the casteism angle, but also due to the choice of instrument that it puts under the spotlight.

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