20 years of Gautham Menon: An interview with the filmmaker on his movies, romance and everything in between

Alongside with ‘Minnale’, the prolific filmmaker-actor completes two eventful a long time in the trade at the moment, and appears to be like again at his movies, household and profession with fascinating insights — however what’s subsequent?


Gautham Vasudev Menon is a pop-culture phenomenon. He grins after I counsel it, like how he grinned a couple of weeks in the past after I informed him his debut Minnale, which launched on February 2, 2001, would flip 20 quickly — as would his journey in cinema. Would he prefer to go on a visit down reminiscence lane?

“Wow, I truly didn’t even realise that it has been 20 years. Sure, I might love to speak.”

A couple of days later, I stroll into his tastefully-decorated workplace in Alwarpet (the similar home which featured in the Avarum Naanum, Avalum Naanum section of Amazon Prime’s Putham Pudhu Kaalai), that pops with his now-familiar aesthetic in each nook — from the many bookshelves teeming with movie literature to a sketched silhouette portrait framed on the wall, merely titled ‘Dad’.

GVM interacts with P.C. Sreeram on ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’

I’m seated reverse Gautham at a stunning house on the terrace — the type of setting any author would covet to work from. Other than a couple of cursory appears to be like at his e mail each half hour, I’ve his undivided consideration.

“That’s as a result of I’m all the time ready to see if I get a mail from [AR] Rahman sir. He solely emails and it’s the cause I test my inbox excitedly. It could possibly be something; the hyperlink to a music, concepts for a future challenge, or what he thinks of my albums with different composers,” he explains.

You sense that he’s itching to work with the Mozart of Madras once more. But it surely’s not that Gautham has been something lower than busy over the previous 12 months. In actual fact, a case could possibly be made for him being the nation’s best filmmaker throughout the pandemic: a slew of music movies and anthologies bearing his identify (with extra to return) hit OTT platforms, and he’s moved on the erstwhile drama that surrounded his final theatrical launch, Ennai Noki Paayum Thota.

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A historical past of romance

“Filmmakers have had such an enormous function to play throughout the pandemic. Leisure has helped folks take their minds off their worries, and I’m glad to have been half of it,” he says, including that he fairly loved all the artistic challenges that has come his method these days, reminiscent of Vaanmagal, his most up-to-date work for the Netflix anthology Paava Kadhaigal.

Is Gautham happy with his evolution as a filmmaker over the years?

“The man who made Vaanmagal is unquestionably higher than the man who made Minnale in phrases of development, method, and understanding the medium. However the man who made Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa is the greatest. The chemistry I shared with the group and solid throughout the making, the thought course of inhabiting me then… I haven’t been in that house since. Which is why I need to make the sequel; I would like the magic to return again once more,” he says.

However again to him being an integral half of Tamil pop-culture as we all know it at the moment — and going past the apparent affect of his movies —why does GVM’s private life and historical past with romance entice a lot curiosity?

Might it, maybe, be as a result of most of his male characters derive their traits from his personal character? Whether or not it’s Simbu’s Karthik (Vinnaithaandi), Jiiva’s Varun (Neethane), or, of course, Suriya’s Suriya (Vaaranam)… they’re all variations of Gautham Menon in a way.

Simbu and GVM in New York for the shoot of ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa’

Simbu and GVM in New York for the shoot of ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa’

“My spouse additionally retains telling me that I am the drawback. She tells me that after I work with folks, I put a lot of myself on the market, that after I later transfer on from them, they will’t deal with it and come after me adversely. I don’t know if that’s the fact. I’ve truly spent quite a bit of time fascinated with this: do I actually give away an excessive amount of?”

“Even on flights, typically random folks come and ask me if I’m visiting somebody particular or an ex (laughs). I perceive that each one my movies have a private join, and many assume that they replicate my life. The way in which I’m lately, I’m fully open and threadbare,” he muses.

Towards the odds, and some life classes

Gautham could have been by way of a rickety five-odd years since his final real business success with Yennai Arindhaal in 2015, however his affect on the medium has hardly waned. Phrases reminiscent of ‘GVM-esque’ have grow to be the moniker of selection to explain fashionable romances with city characters in the previous 20 years, and few Tamil administrators have ever been afforded such effusive homage by friends and followers alike.

Twenty initiatives in 20 years makes for one hell of a portfolio, however that doesn’t take away the indisputable fact that we might have seen extra of Gautham Menon, if not for a pair of enterprise selections that went awry.

“First of all, there aren’t any regrets. I’m constructed like that. I’ve typically understood that that is how the trade works. You are taking a danger; it both pushes you ten steps forward or bites you in the again. I look as much as only a few folks in movies, and even their careers have gone by way of lean phases,” he says.

It’s typically identified that issues first arose when Suriya — his long-time collaborator and pal — publicly walked out of Dhruva Natchathiram in late 2013, citing artistic variations. Suriya has since apologised for his open letter on the similar, and has reunited with Gautham for the upcoming Navarasa set to launch on Netflix in 2021. The 2 are additionally deliberating over returning to the big-screen with Kamal & Kadambari.

Gautham Menon with Suriya

Gautham Menon with Suriya

With out getting particular over the particulars of what precisely transpired over the years, Gautham explains that the ramifications of this flip of occasions spilt over into the movies that adopted.

“As a result of of the issues surrounding one challenge, I needed to then make different movies to repair the preliminary situation. Movies shouldn’t be made for such causes, proper? They need to be made as a result of you’ve gotten a narrative or an thought that’s begging to be informed, and solely that.”

But when the “enterprise of cinema” might in the end have an effect on even an achieved filmmaker like Gautham, what does that say about the trade?

“The distinction is that I discuss my issues, however no one else does. There are undoubtedly classes to be learnt right here for newcomers: make your self secure, work with producers who gained’t cite you accountable for the movie’s box-office numbers or maintain you accountable with a contract. That’s the way you get sucked into the vicious cycle of needing cash continually.”

“The world of cinema is totally a implausible place to be in when you have nice content material and know the right way to talk, but it surely’s vital to be cautious. I might do a masterclass on this, actually,” grins Gautham.

“I’ll provide you with an instance: Once you take cash from the market, you give away components of the movie. If a giant music label is prepared to provide you one crore in alternate for the audio rights of the album, you don’t assume twice about it, as we want that cash desperately to complete the challenge. Now, think about you keep the rights. You may monetise the audio on YouTube and different avenues, and revenue from it for perpetuity. You will need to study the dynamics of IP, possession, and the like, going ahead.”

He provides that this was the cause he launched the albums of each Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada and Enai Noki... on his personal Ondraga Leisure channel, a transfer that has paid off properly in the future.

“With Ondraga, although we get cash from the music, we don’t actually take a look at it as a enterprise enterprise. From commissioning our personal brief movies and movies, we at the moment are seeking to promote extra unbiased stuff by way of the channel. We’ve had folks approaching us to ask if they will launch their function movies on it, as an alternative of going to an OTT platform. We’re additionally establishing a writers’ room, and are actively searching for folks to collaborate with. Anybody — and I imply anybody — can method us with a script and I might like to see if I can work with them.”

Collaborations and altering perspective

However why would a seasoned filmmaker like Gautham direct a beginner’s script?

“Why not? One of my buddies gave me the most profound bit of recommendation lately after watching a brief movie of mine. He went, ‘Machan, I actually favored it, however it’s about time you informed a story; you don’t have to inform your story each time. It actually struck me then that I’ve solely been making stuff from my very own life experiences.”

Not that there’s something mistaken in it — Gautham says he nonetheless has over 15 tales from his private life to adapt into movie — however the author in him feels he wants to alter his recreation. “That’s the reason I need to work with different scriptwriters, as I do know I can direct it rather well. A director can put himself into the character, however the character needn’t be from his life essentially.”

Gautham and Trisha share a light moment on the sets of ‘VTV’

Gautham and Trisha share a light-weight second on the units of ‘VTV’

“In actual fact, Vetri (Maaran) and I are planning to collaborate quickly, however it’s a little too early to speak about it. There are additionally eight to 10 filmmakers coming collectively to create one thing and look out for one another. You’ll hear the announcement very quickly.”

The overall notion round GVM is that he’s nonetheless ready for the monetary crunch to be resolved. When will he lastly breathe a sigh of aid and transfer on?

“That point is now. I’m genuinely in a really completely happy house at the second. Individuals are calling me, and new doorways and home windows are opening each different day. A gathering with Anwar Rasheed and Fahadh for Trance has led to me turning into an actor! It has been such an attention-grabbing studying curve. As a director, Netflix’s Paava Kadhaigal was an experimental effort, and I sit up for tackling extra such difficult, totally different topics over the subsequent 4 to 5 years. I’ve the liberty now to put in writing a script and then solid an actor, not the different method spherical, as we now have grow to be accustomed to.”

“Additionally, I’m not in any respect insecure about my work and settle for everything taking place round me; I solely ask for robust shoulders to deal with it. I’ve learnt that from folks like Rahman sir,” he provides.

Fast takes:

  • You had years of your individual romantic experiences to attract from while you made Minnale in 2001. However the idea of love and relationships on-screen have since advanced with time. The place do you discover inspiration to put in writing a romance at the moment?
  • In fact I discuss to folks round me to get concepts, however there are quite a bit of experiences I’ve had, earlier than and after my marriage, conversations with my spouse, which might be nonetheless very related at the moment. In actual fact, a lot of Jyotika’s character from Kaakha Kaakha is derived from Preethi. She’s going to hate me for saying this (laughs). My household instantly noticed it once they watched the movie.
  • Even the genesis of VTV got here from watching two individuals who lived upstairs and in my home. As I write the story, I additionally put quite a bit of myself into these characters and take it ahead; you’ll discover that in Navarasa too.
  • Ought to aspiring filmmakers help a longtime director, earlier than taking the plunge on their very own?
  • Being an AD helped me quite a bit personally, significantly in shedding my inhibitions. I learnt that from Rajiv (Menon) sir. He’s such a cultured man, however extremely vociferous on set. I nonetheless bear in mind the capturing of Vennilave…from Minsara Kanavu. Think about Rajiv was truly telling Prabudeva, who’d choreographed the music, the right way to dance and do sure steps.
  • An often-heard criticism I get, even at the moment, is that I don’t discuss a lot. Even my spouse could be very stunned to see my interviews. That’s as a result of I’ve understood it’s vital to place your self out and be vocal to get issues performed.
  • I lastly give up Rajiv sir’s group as a result of of the confidence I’d gotten from him to maneuver on! Then I labored with G.B. Vijay (who’d directed Kalaignan with Kamal Haasan) who taught me quite a bit about the method and physicality of digital camera work. From coordinating with the actors to costume design, I used to be doing everything.
  • However the turning level was after I wrote the idea for a pal’s music video. On the day of the shoot, a state of affairs arose the place I needed to step in abruptly and take initiative, but it surely was like clockwork. If I’d nonetheless had that inferiority complicated of yore, I’d have simply stood by.
  • Concept is vital, sure (one e book Gautham extremely recommends is Joseph V. Mascelli’s The 5 C’s of Cinematography), however except you’re employed on a movie, deal with the manufacturing points and take it to upto launch, deal with actors, their tantrums, and so on, you don’t perceive the entire image.
  • How vital is it to look at movies from throughout, and be taught from them?
  • Very. In actual fact, I all the time watch a movie greater than as soon as. The primary time, I watch it as an viewers, and the second time, as a filmmaker. Not too long ago, I used to be blown away by Items of a Girl (on Netflix) and stored fascinated with how they cracked that unimaginable opening shot. Final week, I watched Guru (by Mani Ratnam) once more to review it.
  • Not solely do different movies encourage you, but it surely additionally tells you what to not do typically. Since Tamil cinema is pushed by stars, it additionally teaches me how a sure actor appears to be like at himself or herself, and the right way to get into that sample.
  • It helps that we’re all movie buffs in my household; my mother has been binging The Crown of late all the time. (laughs)
  • Do you’re employed on a number of scripts concurrently — and if that’s the case — would you advocate it?
  • I wouldn’t advocate it, however I accomplish that, and I like doing it. I attempt to capitalise on my ideas and what body of thoughts I’m in, and write accordingly. For example, I used to be in London for a gathering and discovered a while. So I went to a espresso store and quickly, I had 80 pages of Kamal & Kadambari. However the assembly didn’t go nice, so I stored Ok & Ok apart, and began writing one thing else extra darkish and intense. I’m in a position to swap between scripts and the feelings portrayed in them fairly simply.
  • How do you choose composers for movies, and will you flip music director anytime quickly?
  • I even have quite a bit of tunes prepared. However I’ve entry to folks like A.R. Rahman, Harris, Darbuka Siva, Karthik, and I additionally need to work with Anirudh and some new guys on the block… so it stops me from doing it myself.
  • How I select a composer for a selected challenge, occurs fully on a whim, similar to how the titles of my movies waft by way of the air and come to me.

There’s another person he calls his largest mentor in the trade, and that man impressed Gautham to grow to be a director in the first place.

“Chatting with Mani (Ratnam) sir has gone a good distance into serving to me deal with the tough patches. The most important lesson I learnt from him was to not learn evaluations — not simply of my movies, however of any movie — and allow them to have an effect on me. The final overview I learn was for Ek Deewana Tha in 2012. I bear in mind him telling me, ‘Gautham, you’ve made a movie with all of your coronary heart. The numbers matter to the folks, to not you. So why let it even attain you in the first place?’ Mani sir is as younger as you’ll be able to think about even at the moment. The person says belongings you can not imagine, and even small conversations with him encourage me enormously.”

On spouse Preethi, his sons and household being his spine

Gautham is as millennial as he can be, and it comes throughout in his character. The filmmaker, similar to the protagonists from his scripts, admits he’s all the time swayed by the thrilling chance of chemistry in the house that exists between two folks— be it amongst {couples}, buddies or a relationship. In different phrases, he all the time goes with his intestine.

“If I hadn’t fallen in love or been such a hardcore romantic, I wouldn’t be making movies at the moment. Everything I’ve performed in life has been based mostly on intuition. Proper from discovering my life accomplice, to getting married, to creating the movies that I’ve.”

“My unique profession selections had been to grow to be a full-time musician or a cricketer. Fortunately, I’ve handed that sporting gene on to my three boys who’re all wonderful cricketers. I imagine they will make it to the subsequent degree and play professionally even. It’s too early to evaluate if they’re in a profession in movie although,” he says, nearly wistfully.

Gautham says that wife Preethi is his “biggest critic”

Gautham says that spouse Preethi is his “largest critic”

It’s attention-grabbing to notice that one of the few points of Gautham’s life he has by no means opened up about — safeguarding them nearly zealously — is his household. “It’s as a result of they prefer it that method. Very not often have my spouse and the boys even come to audio launches. However they all the time rally behind me, it doesn’t matter what. Not too long ago, I needed to shoot a scene with a couple of youngsters, and my eldest, Arya, introduced in a couple of of his buddies to assist. However he insisted that he wouldn’t seem on digital camera. He is a good child, who balances his training and ardour for sport completely, I’ve learnt to let him determine it out on his personal,” says Gautham, with an air of fatherly pleasure.

Nonetheless, he does name spouse Preethi his “largest critic” and that each movie he makes additionally has to move his mom’s check. “My mother typically isn’t completely happy — with one thing like how ‘Thoothu Varumaa’ from Kaakha Kaakha was picturised — and I’ve internalised all this into my psyche. I feel this subconsciously goes a good distance into how I write girls and depict them on display screen.”

“I initially even used to indicate my scripts to Preethi. However when Vaaranam.. was being shot, I needed it to be a shock. I had recreated my home inside Prasad Studios, and my household didn’t know that the older Suriya character was a tribute to my late father. It was an actual emotional journey for all of them who watched it upon launch, besides my mother, who was her traditional stoic self and mentioned the movie was ‘good’,” he laughs.

Dancing with the stars

Lately, it’s unsurprising if a minimum of one main actor isn’t linked with a Gautham Menon script. And that’s comprehensible provided that, after years, a number of stars (from Rajinikanth to Vijay) are lastly in a zone the place they wish to experiment.

“I typically really feel that the big-name stars could have a priority that it’ll find yourself turning into my movie greater than theirs. However I actually want they’d belief me and give it a go. I don’t have an ego. I don’t yell, rant or rave. I’m not a filmmaker who doesn’t make motion pictures with his coronary heart. Why not take an opportunity then? I’m not going to make a disastrous movie by any stretch of creativeness, however even when it doesn’t work as commercially properly as they anticipate it to, it nonetheless goes out into the universe and will ring a bell with folks.”

Gautham provides that whereas he believes a big-budget challenge isn’t too distant from taking place, he’s trying ahead to working on smaller, much less difficult movies in the close to future, maybe a throwback into the realm of a rom-com musical like Minnale. Contemplating music is such a giant half of his journey and movies, would he ever do a full-fledged musical?

“I’d like to do it! We’ve truly pitched an thought like that to Netflix. In actual fact, Kamal & Kadambari could possibly be a musical. There’s a world-wide viewers for movies like this, and I’m positive a producer might be on board,” he responds, excitedly.

Minnale turns 20

Gautham hasn’t proven the slightest signal of impatience in the practically two hours since our dialog started. Contemplating the entire foundation of this interview was to rejoice 20 years of his first directorial, I ask him if a movie like Minnale, as quintessentially charming as it’s, could possibly be made at the moment. Would the ‘woke’ gene in him forestall him from writing a personality who primarily masquerades as another person to woo a woman?

“You understand, even again then, we spoke about this whereas making the movie. Sure, he does stalk her initially, however he by no means crosses the line at any level. Even at the finish of Vaseegara, there’s some extent when he might get bodily with her, however he chooses to not.”

Reema Sen and Madhavan in ‘Minnale’

Reema Sen and Madhavan in ‘Minnale’

“Having mentioned that, I feel criticism of movies at the moment for not being woke, takes it a bit too far. Attempting to be politically-correct typically hampers the artistic course of. Vetri, in reality, is somebody who is definitely very aware of this stuff, and I hold admiring him for it. My level is, it’s a movie and that’s all it’s all the time meant to be. Be careful for a scene in Navarasa, I make just a little dig at this,” he smiles.

Finally, Gautham’s profession will proceed to be fascinating, eventful and even irritating at instances, akin to the coming-of-age journeys his on-screen protagonists embark upon. For now, 20 years down the line, his legacy presents a tantalising combine of inspiration and warning to those that comply with in his wake, whilst he will get prepared, one suspects, to show his doubters mistaken once more.

The person loves motion pictures a lot, of course his life performs out like one too. Gautham could disagree, however he actually wouldn’t need it another method.

Down reminiscence lane

We ask GVM to undergo his (Tamil) filmography and listing the first picture, reminiscence or emotion that involves thoughts, when he thinks of the totally different titles in chronological order.

Minnale (2001)

I began writing the script with this primary picture that popped in my head: that of a woman stepping out of a automobile and enjoying with some youngsters on the avenue, whereas a man watches her.

Cue: Poopol Poopol!

Kaakha Kaakha (2003)

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

That of a wood cabin by the lake and the digital camera going in direction of it, however because it pans, somebody crashed out of the prime home windows and falls into the water under.

Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006)

Kamal sir in New York. The concept was to place his character in a overseas nation — in this case, the USA — however have Raghavan behave his old-school, typical method. I informed Ravi Varman too (the cinematographer) that the metropolis shouldn’t be in your face, and simply be half of the movie. So many of the scenes we shot had been candid; even the parts in the NYPD precincts had been very spontaneous and Kamal sir supported us enormously.

Pachaikili Muthucharam (2007)

Positively Jyotika’s character in it, and she was one who recommended we solid Sarath sir in it too. It’s additionally particular to me because it’s the final movie of mine my father noticed earlier than he handed away on February 14 that 12 months.

Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

Someplace alongside the method, it turned a bigger story of the relationship between a father and son. However initially, it was alleged to be only a coming-of-age saga of a easy boy from Anna Nagar going by way of life, heartbreak and an epic journey in direction of turning into a commando in the military.

So the most pertinent picture is of us capturing inside these huge aircrafts up in the air, and Suriya gazing into the skies heading in direction of a mission.

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)

Since I used to be a teen, the sight of this boy standing by the gate and trying up at the lady on the balcony has caught with me. That was my precise transient to A. R. Rahman sir to compose Hosanna.

Nadunisi Naaigal (2011)

I believed that if I used to be going to make a movie about serial killers, I would as properly go as excessive as I might. Nonetheless, folks got here into it anticipating a Vettaiyaadu… type of affair, and bought one thing totally different. I bear in mind all the rioting and picketing exterior my home, and the cops needed to come kind it out.

In a method, the movie was me questioning myself and pushing myself right into a zone the place I could possibly be experimental. Actually although, I’ve no regrets, I feel it was forward of its time.

Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012)

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

On the subject of NEP, working with Raja sir dominated everything else. The sheer gravity of the expertise I went by way of was unbelievable. We went to London to file the songs, and I witnessed first-hand how music unfolded as a music, and the way it was produced the method it needs to be.

Yennai Arindhaal (2015)

At the finish of Vettaiyaadu.. Raghavan (Kamal) marries a girl who’s a mom and accepts her little one as his personal. In Yennai… I needed a continuation of that. After Hemanika (Trisha) dies, Sathyadev (Ajith) takes accountability for another person’s daughter, offers up the job that he loves, travels with her, and is able to do something to guard her. The dad-daughter journey is the motif which involves my thoughts.

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (2016)

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

The film was alleged to be predominantly a couple of man and his bike, and the street journey he takes. I don’t assume that got here throughout in the end with the finish product, however I’m nonetheless glad that Simbu and I labored collectively on the movie.

Enai Noki Paayum Thota (2019)

The drama surrounding the movie. And to a big extent, it was nice working with Darbuka Siva and Megha Akash too.

Queen (2019)

Understanding that that is the method ahead, that OTT might co-exist with movies. Keep in mind Queen occurred method earlier than the pandemic. Tons of folks requested me if I didn’t have work and if I used to be promoting myself brief doing a web-series, however I didn’t take a look at it that method in any respect.

Karthik Dial Seytha Yenn (2020)

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

The truth that it took only one name every to Simbu and Trisha proper in the center of the lockdown, to get the challenge underway. There have been no again and forth, no whys or whats. It additionally took only one e-mail to Rahman sir, and 5 days later, he had composed the rating for the brief movie.

Putham Pudhu Kaalai (2020)

After I watched Nayakan, I promised myself I’d sometime collaborate with 4 individuals who had been half of it: Mani Ratnam, Ilaiyaraaja, Kamal Haasan and PC Sreeram sir.

Earlier than final 12 months, I’d labored with Raja and Kamal sir. With Mani sir, I’m continually connecting and talking with him, and having quite a bit of discussions on everything. In my thoughts, in my world, I’m associating with him.

So to have the alternative to work with PC sir lastly on PPK was phenomenal. Throughout the pandemic, we scouted a pair of places, however then he got here to my workplace to see me, took one go searching the place, and mentioned nice, ‘We’ll shoot it right here!’ And it was easy as that.

Paava Kadhaigal (2020)

We needed to be actually cautious working with the little one actors, because it was such a delicate topic to be portraying. Fortunately, I’ve a implausible group who know the right way to choose the expertise. Nonetheless we needed to make her snug, guarantee her mom was okay with the scene, and so on. I’m glad it got here out properly.

On that be aware, even working with Anikha in Yennai… and Queen was implausible. I’m telling you, that lady is rock-solid; she’s going to rule the trade sooner or later in the future.

And a fast phrase on his initiatives to return…

Dhruva Natchathiram

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

A chopper lands with an ensemble of 10 folks strolling in direction of the digital camera. They’re a group of epsionage specialists. However no one is aware of {that a} group like this exists. At some point, one of them is taken away and therein ensues the thriller.

Joshua Imai Pol Kaakha

It’s an out-and-out motion movie. The battle sequences in addition to the uncooked, visceral sort of motion in it will likely be an enormous spotlight.

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa 2

Even after I completed the first half, I knew — as did Simbu and Trisha — that there could be a continuation to it. The concept all the time was to take their story ahead, I used to be simply ready for the proper time.

VTV 2 is about Karthik, Jessie and one other girl in his life. Some persons are not meant to get collectively at one level or once they needed to, however what if there comes a second likelihood later?


4 buddies from faculty reunite after 10 years to go on a street journey to a different pal’s marriage ceremony. Alongside the method, their respective tales and points unfold. It’s in that Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara zone. One of the 4 buddies is the character Karthik from VTV. And sure, Jessie might be in the movie too.

Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu 2

20 years of Gautham Menon: A retrospective on his movies, romance and everything in between

The script is prepared, however we now have to attend for Kamal sir to complete the elections, and discover time in between his political commitments. Hopefully, it’s going to occur.

In VV2, we meet Kamal, Jyotika and their daughter’s characters round 15 years after the occasions of the first movie. The introduction scene is the similar as the Royapuram Mani scene from VV1. (grins)


All the proceeds from this initiative goes to charity, and all it took was one name to Suriya for him to return on-board. Every director needed to choose an emotion, and I selected love. Raja sir was additionally gracious sufficient to provide us one of his songs to make use of, and the movie revolves round the music.

Kutti Story

It’s a extremely enjoyable anthology on tales about love, as the title signifies. Vijay Sethupathi is a component of it, and Amala Paul acts in my portion, which is a narrative from my life. It’s prepared for a theatrical launch quickly.

Kamal & Kadambari

It’s a travelogue about two musicians who join, journey on world excursions collectively and open for large bands. They’ve their very own points, and it’s a movie which actually will get into how the minds of these musicians work, which I’m tremendous enthusiastic about. Will they get collectively in life and will music take them ahead?

I’m speaking to Suriya about this, and in a couple of months, assume we are going to attain some extent the place we’re able to collaborate once more.

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