Goutham Vasudev Menon had just finished watching the first copy of his much awaited Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram when he sat down to talk about it.
"It was an emotional experience for me," he said of the film which marks the coming together of Menon and Surya after the huge success of Kaakha Kaakha. Surya will be seen portraying the life of a man -- from his teens to adulthood -- who achieves something big in life. The three women in his life are played by Divya Spandana, Sameera Reddy and Simran.
You've never said watching your films was an emotional experience for you, and I have been talking to you from the time you made your second film Kaakha Kaakha...
I know that. Yes, every film is close to it's maker. But this time, it is very personal. It happened after my father passed away. Somewhere along the way, I wanted to pay a small tribute to my father and all the fathers in the world. I would say it is semi-auto biographical. This can happen not only to me but everyone.
In Vaaranam Aayiram, when the protagonist's father passes way, his whole life unwinds before him. The way his father influenced him in small ways throughout his life is there. Yes, mothers are always there for you but you get influenced by your father. I think 90 per cent of the men agree with me.
But the film is the story of the young man, from the day he was born till he achieves something in life, and not actually about the father and son.
Was it painful writing the screenplay?
Yes, it was. After I got the news that my father passed away, I started my journey back from where I was shooting. That 10-hour journey was an ordeal for me because I was feeling miserable and guilty as I was not there with him when he breathed his last.
Secondly, I was trying to talk to him in my mind. That is what Vaaranam Aayiram is all about. It starts with the protagonist travelling to his father's funeral and certain memories flood his mind. Even my first film Minnale is close to me but this film is very emotional and personal to me.
Text: Shobha Warrier
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