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  1. 1. Gautham Menon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Page 1 of 8Gautham MenonFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaGautham Vasudev Menon (Malayalam: Gautham Vasudev Menon ; Tamil: ெகௗதவா ேத ேமன ) is an Indian film directorand producer. Mainly working in Tamil cinema, hehas also directed Hindi and Telugu films which areremakes of his Tamil films. Many of his films havebeen critically acclaimed, most notably his semi-autobiographical Vaaranam Aayiram (2008),romantic classic Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010),his action-thrillers Kaakha Kaakha (2003) andVettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006). Vaaranam Gautham speaking at a college in TrichyAayiram won the National Film Award for Best Born February 25, 1973Feature Film in Tamil. Ottapalam, Kerala, India Nationality Indian Contents Occupation Film director Film writer ■ 1 Early life and education Film producer ■ 2 Directorial career ■ 2.1 Early work and Years active 2001–present Minnale, 2001 Spouse Preethi ■ 2.2 Police duology, 2003- 2006 ■ 2.3 Experimentation and success, 2007-2011 ■ 2.4 Future ventures, 2011- present ■ 3 Filmography ■ 3.1 As a director ■ 4 References ■ 5 External linksEarly life and educationGautham was born to a Malayali father and Tamil mother on 25 February 1973 in Kerala. Although,born in Kerala he grew up in Trichy.[1][2] He did his schooling in Vailankanni Raj Mat. Hr., SecSchool at K.K Nagar, Trichy and did his Mechanical Engineering in Mookambigai College ofEngineering, Trichy, Tamil Nadu .[3][4]Directorial careerEarly work and Minnale, 2001Gautham Menon was a student of mechanical engineering at Mookambikai college of engineering inthe batch of 1993, and his time there inspired him to make his lead characters of Minnale andVaaranam Aayiram, students of the same course.[5] He claims to have been inspired by films such as 8/31/2011
  2. 2. Gautham Menon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Page 2 of 8Dead Poets Society and Nayagan and expressed his desire to his parents to change career path andbecome a filmmaker and consequently wrote his first film at his college hostel. His mother insisted hebecame an ad film maker by shooting various commercials and took an apprenticeship underfilmmaker Rajiv Menon. He went on to work as an assistant director for Minsaara Kanavu in 1997, inwhich he also appeared in a cameo role.[6]Gautham Menon launched a Tamil romantic film O Lala in 2000 with the project eventually changingproducers and title into Minnale with Madhavan, who was at the beginning of his career, being signedon to portray the lead role.[7] About the making of the film, Menon revealed that he found it difficultas the team was new to the industry with only the editor of the film, Suresh Urs, being a prominenttechnician in the industry.[8] Menon had come under further pressure when Madhavan had insistedthat Menon narrated the story to his mentor, Mani Ratnam, to identify if the film was a positive careermove after the success of his Alaipayuthey. Despite initial reservations, Menon did so and Ratnamwas unimpressed; however Menon has cited that he thought that Madhavan "felt sorry" and lateragreed to continue with the project.[8] The film also featured Abbas and newcomer Reemma Sen insignificant roles, whilst Menon introduced Harris Jayaraj as music composer with the film.[7] The filmwas advertised as a Valentines Day release in 2001 and told the tale of a young man who falls in lovewith the girl engaged to his ex-college rival and how he manages to get married to her. Upon releaseit went on to become a large success commercially and won positive reviews from critics with claimsthat the film had a lot of " lot of verve and vigour" and that it was "technically excellent".[9]The success of the film led to producer Vashu Bhagnani signing him on to direct the Hindi languageremake of the film, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, which also featured Madhavan with Diya Mirza andSaif Ali Khan added to the film. Menon was initially apprehensive but said it took "half an hour" toagree and against his intentions, the producer opted against retaining the technical crew of theoriginal.[6] He changed a few elements, deleted certain scenes and added some more for the version.However in comparison, the film gained poor reviews with a critic citing that "the presentation is notabsorbing" though stating that he " handled certain sequences with aplomb"; the film subsequentlywent on to become a below average grosser at the box office.[10] The failure of the film left himdisappointed, with Menon claiming in hindsight that the film lacked the simplicity of the original withthe producers intervention affecting proceedings.[11] In 2011, the producer of the film approached himto remake the film with the producers son Jackky Bhagnani in the lead role, but Menon wasuninterested with the offer.[12]Police duology, 2003-2006Menon returned in 2003 by directing the realistic policethriller Kaakha Kaakha featuring Suriya, Jyothika and Jeevanin the lead roles. The film portrayed the personal life of apolice officer and how his life is affected by gangsters,showing a different perspective of police in comparison toother Tamil films of the time.[11] Menon revealed that he wasinspired to make the film after reading of articles on howencounter specialists shoot gangsters and how their familiesget threatening calls in return, and initially approachedMadhavan, Ajith Kumar and then Vikram for the role without Gautham Menon and Suriya on thesuccess, with all three actors citing that they did not want to sets of Kaakha Kaakha in Sri Lankaplay a police officer. The lead actress Jyothika asked Menonto consider Suriya for the role, and he was subsequentlyselected after Menon saw his portrayal in Nandha.[13] He did a rehearsal of the script with the actors, acostume trial with Jyothika and then enrolled Suriya in a commando training school before beginningproduction, which he described as a "very planned shoot".[13] The film consequently opened to very 8/31/2011
  3. 3. Gautham Menon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Page 3 of 8positive reviews from critics on the way to becoming another success for Menon, with critics labelingit as a "career high film".[14] Furthermore, the film was described as for "action lovers who believe inlogical storylines and deft treatment" with Menon being praised for his linear narrative screenplay.[15]Gautham Menon subsequently remade the film in the Telugu language for producer Venkata Raju andwent on to claimi that the new version was better than the previous version and that his new lead actorVenkatesh was more convincing that Surya in the role.[16] The film also featured actress Asin andSaleem Baig in prominent roles and went on to earn commercial and critical acclaim with reviewersciting that "film redeems itself due to the technical excellence and masterful craft of Gautham",drawing comparisons of Menon with noted film makers Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma.[17] InJuly 2004, Menon also agreed terms to direct and produce another version of Kaakha Kaakha inHindi with Sunny Deol in the lead role and revealed that the script was written five years ago withDeol in mind, but the film eventually failed to take off.[18] Producer Vipul Shah approached him todirect the Hindi version of the film in 2010 as Force with John Abraham and Genelia DSouza, andMenon initially agreed before pulling out again.[19] Menon and the original producer, Dhanu, alsofloated an idea of an English version with a Chechnyan backdrop, though talks with a potentialcollaboration with Ashok Amritraj collapsed.[13]Gautham Menon was then signed on to direct a venture starring Kamal Haasan and produced by KajaMohideen, and initially suggested a one-line story which went on to become Pachaikili Muthucharamfor the collaboration.[13] Kamal Haasan wanted a different story and thus the investigative thrillerfilm, Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu, was written with Jyothika, Kamalinee Mukerji, Prakash Raj, DanielBalaji and Saleem Baig added to the cast. The film told another episode from a police officers life,with an Indian cop moved to America to investigate the case of psychotic serial killers beforereturning to pursue the chase in India. During the shooting, the unit ran into problems after theproducer had attempted suicide and as a result, Kamal Haasan wanted to quit the project.[13] Menonsubsequently convinced him to stay on as they had taken advance payments. He has since revealedthat unlike Kamal Haasans other films, he did not take particular control of the script or production ofthe film. The film however had gone through change from the original script with less emphasis onthe antagonists than Menon had hoped and he also revealed that scenes for songs were forced him andshot without him.[13] The film released in August 2006 and went on to become his third successive hitfilm in Tamil and once again, he won rave reviews for his direction.[20][21] Menon later expressedinterest in remaking the film in Hindi with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role without the love angle,though the project fell through after discussions. He has stated his intent on making a trilogy of policeepisode films, with a possible third featuring Vikram in the lead role.[13]Experimentation and success, 2007-2011His next project, Pachaikili Muthucharam, based on the novel Derailed by James Siegel, featuredSarath Kumar and Jyothika in the lead roles and was released in February 2007. Initially the lead rolewas offered to Kamal Haasan who passed the opportunity, while actors Cheran and Madhavandeclined citing date and image problems respectively.[22] Menon met Sarath Kumar at an event wherehe cited he was looking to change his action image and Menon subsequently cast him in the leadrole.[22] During production, the film ran into further casting trouble with Simran dropping out herassigned role and was replaced by Shobana after another actress, Tabu, also rejected the role.[23]Shobana was also duly replaced by a newcomer, Andrea Jeremiah to portray the character of Kalyaniin the film. The film was under production for over a year and coincided with the making of hisprevious film which was largely delayed. The film initially opened to positive reviews with a criticciting that Menon is "growing with each passing film. His style is distinctive, his vision clear, histeam rallies around him and he manages to pull it off each time he attempts".[24][25] However the filmbecame a financial failure for the producer, Venu Ravichandran and in regard to the failure of the 8/31/2011
  4. 4. Gautham Menon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Page 4 of 8film, Menon went on to claim that Sarath Kumar was "wrong for the film" and that he tweaked thestory to fit his image; he also claimed that his fathers ailing health and consequent death a weekbefore the release had left him mentally affected.[22]His next release, Vaaranam Aayiram, saw him re-collaborate with Suriya, who played dual roles inthe film. The film illustrates the theme of how a father often came across in his sons life as a hero andinspiration, and Menon dedicated the film to his late father who had died in 2007.[26] The pre-production of the film, then titled Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikaalam began in 2003, with Menonplanning his a romantic film with Suriya as a follow up to their successful previous collaboration,Kaakha Kaakha.[27] Abhirami was signed and then dropped due to her height before a relatively newactress at the time Asin was selected to make her debut in Tamil films with the project. The firstschedule of the film began in January 2004 in Visakhapatanam and consequently romantic sceneswith Suriya and Asin were shot for ten days and then a photo shoot with the pair.[27] The film wassubsequently stalled and was eventually relaunched with a new cast including Divya Spandana,Simran and Sameera Reddy in 2006 with Oscar Ravichandran stepping in as producer, who opted fora change of title. Menon has described the film as "autobiographical and a very personal story and ifpeople didn’t know, that 70% of this [the film] is from my life".[22] The films production processbecame noted for the strain and the hard work that Suriya had gone through to portray the differentroles with production taking close to two years.[26] The film released to a positive response, withcritics heaping praise on Suriyas performance while claiming that the film was "just a feather inGautams hat" and that it was "hardly a classic".[28] The film was made at a budget of 15 crore rupeesand became a commercial success, bringing in almost 22 crore rupees worldwide.[26] It went on tobecome Menons most appreciated work till date winning five Filmfare Awards, nine Vijay Awardsand the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for 2008 amongst other accolades.In 2010, Menon made a return to romantic genre after nine years with the Tamil romantic filmVinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, starring Silambarasan and Trisha Krishnan.[29] The film explored thecomplicated relationship between a Hindu Tamil assistant director, Karthik, and a Syrian ChristianMalayali girl, Jessie and their resultant emotional conflicts. The film featured music by A. R. Rahmanin his first collaboration with Menon whilst cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa was also selectedto be a part of the technical crew. Menon cited that he was "a week away from starting the film with anewcomer" before his producer insisted they looked at Silambarasan, with Menon revealing that hewas unimpressed with the actors previous work.[8] The film was in production for close to a year andthroughout the opening week of filming, promotional posters from classic Indian romantic films werereleased featuring the lead pair.[30] Prior to release, the film became the first Tamil project to have amusic soundtrack premiere outside of India, with a successful launch at the BAFTA in London.[31]Upon release, the film achieved positive reviews, with several critics giving the film "classic" status,whilst also become a commercially successful venture.[32][33] Reviewers praised Menon citing that"credit for their perfect portrayal, of course, goes to Gautam Menon. This is one director whos got thepulse of todays urban youth perfectly" and that "crafted a movie that will stay in our hearts for a long,long time."[33] The film was simultaneously released with a Telugu version, titled Ye Maaya Chesavefeaturing a fresh cast of Naga Chaitanya and debutante Samantha in the lead roles. Like the Tamilversion, the film won critical acclaim and being given "classic" status from critics.[33][33][34] Both filmsalso went on to become large commercial successes, and the films have received awards from awardcommittees.Menon had also made progress over the previous two years directing the psychological thrillerNadunisi Naaygal featuring his assistant and debutant Veera Bahu and Sameera Reddy in the leadroles. Menon claimed that the film was inspired by a true event from the USA, while also claimingthat a novel also helped form the story of the film.[8] During the making, he explicitly revealed thatthe film was for "the multiplex audience" and would face a limited release, citing that "it will not caterto all sections of the audience".[8] He promoted the film by presenting a chat show dubbed as Koffeewith Gautham where he intereviewed Bharathiraja and Silambarasan, both of whom had previously 8/31/2011
  5. 5. Gautham Menon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Page 5 of 8worked in such psychological thriller films with Sigappu Rojakkal and Manmadhan. The film, whichwas his first home production under Photon Kathaas and did not have a background score, told thestory of a victim of child abuse and the havoc he causes to women, narrating the events of a particularday. The film opened to mixed reviews with one critic citing it as "above average" but warning that"don’t go expecting a typical Gautham romantic film" and that it "is definitely not for the familyaudiences", while criticizing that "there are too many loopholes in the story, raising doubts aboutlogic".[35] In contrast another critic dubbed it as an "unimpressive show by star director Menon, as it isneither convincing nor appealing, despite having some engrossing moments".[36]Future ventures, 2011-presentSince July 2010, Menon has been involved in pre-production work on the Hindi language remake ofhis film, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, with delays still forcing the film to postpone its first schedule.Workshops and rehearsals for the film were held in early 2011 with Prateik Babbar and Amy Jacksonplaying the lead roles in the version given the working title of Prem Katha.[37] Furthermore, he willkick start his new Tamil film produced by R. S. Infotainment with Jeeva and Samantha in the leadroles which is likely to be dubbed in Telugu also after Kos success. Gautham has also revealed thathe has agreed to direct Yohan, a detective story set in New York, with Vijay in the lead role.Meanwhile Menon has gone on to confirm that he will direct a television weekly serial featuringParthiban in the lead role as a police officer in 2011. A.R.Rahman is said to be composing for boththe projects.FilmographyAs a directorYear Title Language Notes Minnale Tamil2001 Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director2003 Kaakha Kaakha Tamil (Tamil)2004 Gharshana Telugu2006 Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu Tamil2007 Pachaikili Muthucharam Tamil Winner, Vijay Award for Favourite Director2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director - Tamil Vinnaithaandi Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Director Tamil Varuvaayaa Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Director2010 Winner, Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer Ye Maaya Chesave Telugu Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu Nadunisi Naaygal Tamil2011 Prem Katha Hindi Post production Nithya Tamil Pre-production 8/31/2011
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  8. 8. Gautham Menon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Page 8 of 8 amy-jackson-gautham-vasudev-menon) . Times of India. 11-19/news-interviews/28263435_1_hindi-version-amy-jackson-gautham-vasudev-menon. Retrieved 2011-04-28.External links ■ Gautham Menon ( at the Internet Movie DatabaseRetrieved from ""Categories: Indian film directors | Tamil film directors | Telugu cinema | Malayali people | Indianpeople | Living people | People from Tiruchirapalli | People from Kerala | 1973 births ■ This page was last modified on 31 August 2011 at 05:45. ■ Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of use for details. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. 8/31/2011