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Interview with Gowtam Menon
Date: November 8, 2008, Hyderabad
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Gowtam Vasudev Menon is all set to entertain the crowds in Telugu and Tamil with his latest offering Surya s/o Krishnan (Vaaranam Aayiram in Tamil) which features Surya is two roles. The music of the film is a huge chartbuster. had an exclusive interview with Gowtam Menon. Here are the excerpts -

What is Surya s/o Krishnan all about?
Surya s/o Krishnan is about the life journey of a youngster and what he saw in his life. There is also a father character that influences his son. It is a semi-biographical film that is inspired by incidents in my own life and from the lives of the people I know.

We do generally see these films of biographical nature mostly in Hollywood?
Yes. But I feel that audiences are universal. A film that’s hit in Hollywood is also becomes a hit in India. Surya s/o Krishnan is an emotional film that would be identified by everybody.

What is the reason for casting Surya?
I saw the film a couple days back. I can confidently say that no other actor would do justice to the character like Surya does. That is the reason why I can’t remake this film in Hindi and Telugu as we don’t have Surya in other languages. I don’t need actors like Kamal Hassan and Aamir Khan as this film does not need heavy histrionics. It needs very subtle acting which Surya is extremely good at. Surya is a director’s actor.

What is reason for choosing Sameera Reddy as heroine?
I am looking for a tall girl whom Surya would feel inferior and intimidated to approach and propose. Sameera is the right choice for that character. She has a brief role in this film.

Which one is your favorite song in the album?
I love all songs. A lot of work has gone into making them. The album incorporates the music I grew up with. If I shall pinpoint any particular song, I prefer Nalonu Pongenu Narmada which is dominated with guitar strings. My next favorite is ‘Monna Kanipinchavu’, which also has guitar domination. However, the instant hit of the album has been ‘Edane Koyyake’ which has lead guitar dominating it.

Edane Koyake has been shown on Channel V repeatedly. How do you feel about it?
They say that it is the first south Indian film song to be featured that way. I feel proud about it. The credit should go to the music director Harris Jayaraj.

Your films have Hollywood tinge. Are you inspired by Hollywood flicks?
I grew up watching a lot of Indian films especially that of Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt. I can tell you each and every dialogue of all Raj Kapoor films. I also love all good films made by south Indian directors like Mani Ratnam and K Viswanath. If I have to name any Hollywood director, it is Martin Scorsese who influenced me a lot. I also love Dead Poet’s Society (1989) film.

But none of my films were inspired by Hollywood in terms of storylines. For example, people commented that my film Pachaikili Muthucharam is inspired by Hollywood flick Derailed. But I adapted it from the book ‘Deraild’ which is also the base for the Hollywood flick. I made it before the Hollywood version is made.

I sit and write my own scripts and taken some inspirations from real life. All my films have original thoughts.

What is your next project?
I am directing and producing my own film with Trisha as heroine. It is a yuppie city based film that features incidents between four boys and three girls. The story of the film is about the youth who pass out from college and they were about settle down.

What is your next straight film in Telugu?
My next straight film in Telugu is with Mahesh Babu as hero. Manjula produces the film on Indira Productions banner. AR Rehman will compose music for the first time to a film of mine. It is a yuppie and trendy love story. I gave the bound script to Manjula. They are getting the dialogue version ready in Telugu.

What about a film with Ram Charan Teja?
It will happen during the end of year 2009.

Can you sum up what people can expect from Surya s/o Krishnan?
Come to the film expecting an emotional ride/trip. You can see a part of you in the character of Surya. This film will make you cry, smile and fall in love. You will leave the theater with a heavy heart (in a positive sense).

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