Published: 10th April 2017
The man behind Kerala’s cult film songs
Lyricist Vinayak Sasikumar talks about his songs, his writing evolution and his future plans
For a man who has written the lyrics of numerous cult classic songs, 23-year-old Vinayak Sasikumar has been living a deceptively simple life with a regular job at Chennai. Penning down the lyrics for more than 17 Mollywood films so far, a couple of them slated to release soon, he has made his presence in the industry known. Last year, his song Gabrielinte from the film Guppy, became so popular that it was sung as a Christmas carol in various communities across Kerala.
At the age of 17, Vinayak wrote his first song for the feature film Kutteem Kolum, directed by Guinness Pakru. "People usually approach directors asking for a chance to act, but I was approaching him for a chance to write lyrics. Curiosity got the better of him and I got my foot in the door of this industry," says Vinayak. However, his rise to fame came with his second film, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, directed by Sameer Thahir. This road trip movie starring Dulquer Salmaan became a cult classic in the industry and so did the songs for the youth of Kerala.
I really love what I do. Every new song becomes my favorite work. The songs that I write now are much better than when I was 17
Vinayak has received training in music (vocals and keyboard) from a young age. His tryst with the pen began in school when he started writing short stories, which gradually evolved to penning poetry. During his college days, he tried his hand at writing lyrics along with his friend Vishnu Shyam, a music composer. When asked about his future plans, Vinayak humbly says, "I just want to keep doing what I’m doing; write songs that people can fall in love with and listen to forever."