G V Prakash is still getting compliments for making Dhanush sing a number in Aayirathil Oruvan, but the music director is certainly not one to rest on his past laurels.
The composer recently pulled off a coup of sorts — making Vikram sing in five different voices for a number in Arya's Madharasapattinam. Among others, the actor has sung like a dhobi, a teacher and an old man in this peppy song with an old Madras feel.
Revealing details, GV Prakash told CT that he was looking for a "raw voice" for the number. "It was director Vijay who suggested Vikram's name," he says, "Vikram has got a rustic voice, very much like Dhanush, and this particular song Meghama Oh Meghame... — the visuals of which have a lot of characters — demanded such a voice."
Initially, the team thought that they'd use Vikram's voice only for Arya's scenes in the song. "But once Vikram saw the visuals, he decided to sing the full song," he adds.
The true professional that he is, Vikram immediately got down to practising for the song. "He surprised us by 'performing' his part in the recording studio," reveals Prakash, "We were all awestruck by how he changed his voice to suit the character that he was crooning for. I'm sure that this will turn out to be the highlight of the album that'll release later this month." So, will he work with 'singer' Vikram in the future, considering the fact that the actor has sung some superhit numbers in Kanthasamy? "I'm sure we'll work together in future," he smiles.