He went on to work as an assistant director for Minsara Kanavu in 1997, in which he also appeared in a cameo role.Menon launched a Tamil romantic film O Lala in 2000 with the project eventually changing producers and title into Minnale (2001) with Madhavan, who was at the beginning of his career, being signed on to portray the lead role.Menon had come under further pressure when Madhavan had insisted that Menon narrated the story to his mentor, Mani Ratnam, to identify if the film was a positive career move after the success of his Alaipayuthey.
– Drink it fresh, you should be better – he handed me the juice and took a pleasant coolness from the back, touched.
– Yes, the bump will still be, but thank God you are not injured.
His concern was pleasant to me, his hands were gentle and caring, and her voice caressed. – Yes, I did not introduce myself, my name is Vlad, Vlad just, but if you hesitate, you can “you” – A Xenia me – I said.
Menon produces films through his London Stock Exchange-listed Photon Kathaas film production company and his production Thanga Meengal (2013) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.
Menon was a student of Mechanical Engineering at Mookambigai College of Engineering, Trichy in the batch of 1993, and his time there inspired to make his lead characters of Minnale, Vaaranam Aayiram and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, students of the same course.
He claims to have been inspired by films such as Dead Poets Society and Nayagan and expressed his desire to his parents to change career path and become a filmmaker and consequently wrote his first film at his college hostel.
His mother insisted he became an ad film maker by shooting various commercials and took an apprenticeship under filmmaker Rajiv Menon.
Gautham Vasudev Menon (born 25 February 1973), more commonly known as Gautham Menon, is an Indian film director, producer and writer who works predominantly in Tamil cinema.
He has also directed Hindi and Telugu films, which are remakes of his Tamil films.
Many of his films have been critically acclaimed, most notably his semi-autobiographical films Vaaranam Aayiram (2008) and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) and his thrillers Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006) and Yennai Arindhaal (2015).
Vaaranam Aayiram won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.