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Gautham Menon hires script consultants

changing times:Two filmmakers have helped Gautham Menon with the story of the much-awaited Ajith-starrer ‘Yennai Arindhaal’—File Photos

changing times:Two filmmakers have helped Gautham Menon with the story of the much-awaited Ajith-starrer ‘Yennai Arindhaal’—File Photos  

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In the past, filmmakers have been reluctant to work with screenwriters

Two talented filmmakers — Sridhar Raghavan and Thiagarajan Kumararaja — have been roped in as script consultants for filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon’s much-awaited film with actor Ajith Kumar, Yennai Arindhaal .

This is quite uncommon as filmmakers, both in the past and present times, have been reluctant to work with screenwriters.

So, why now? “I knew the film was going be a ‘star vehicle’ but I didn’t want to write it like a ‘star vehicle’. But then, my ears were ringing with words such as ‘mass’ and what fans would expect. I needed someone to clarify and show me the way,” says Gautham.

When asked to describe his latest film, he says it can be considered the story of a 13-year-old boy, in the mould of his earlier, much-acclaimed superhit, Vaaranam Aayiram , which starred actor Suriya in a double role.

“Sridhar is a good friend, who has always been supportive. When I started writing the film, I discussed it with him and he liked what he heard. He suggested a number of ways in which I could take the narrative forward. At every stage, he opened several doors for me to explore,” Gautham says.

Thiagarajan’s help was sought to resolve the climax of the film.

“He is a great filmmaker. He too liked what he heard. When I couldn’t resolve the climactic portions of the film, he suggested I emphasise on certain moments in the script, which I had overlooked. Again, he opened some doors for me,” says the director.

This is not the first time Gautham is sharing credits with another writer.

“Well, the story of my last film, Neethane En Ponvasantham , was written by Reshma. In this film, both the filmmakers have helped me take the narrative forward. I thought they should be credited as ‘script consultants’ for the film,” he says.



Yennai Arindhaal

narartes the story of

a 13-year-old boy,

in the mould of Gautham’s earlier, much-acclaimed superhit, Vaaranam Aayiram



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