Gautham Vasudev Menon talks about why people should watch Neethane En Povasantham, which is releasing on December 14
They say winners don’t do different things, they just do things differently. Gautham Vasudev Menon has been doing just that, right from his first film, Minnale.
The director hasn’t changed one bit, if one is to go by what he has attempted in his next film, Neethane En Ponvasantham (NEP).
Says the popular director: “Neethane En Ponvasantham is a love story. Some people may wonder why I am still making love stories when new types of films are emerging. . But why not? Everybody still loves a good love story. What is important is the treatment; it will be new in NEP.”
What’s new about it? Simple, till now, audiences are introduced to the characters in a film only when they watch it in a theatre. Gautham, for a change, has attempted to introduce his characters to audiences even before they come to the theatres.
“When you watch this film, you will notice a title card that says ‘Moments from Varun-Nithya’s love story’. That’s what stands out in Neethane En Ponvasantham. The camera captures glimpses of these two people, right from the time they are kids, to the time they enter school, college and later.”
Gautham chose to disclose details about his lead characters, their names and looks through ads and trailers put out right from the time he started filming NEP — a refreshing move in an industry in which most directors try to keep even the looks of their characters a secret.
“From the time Varun and Nithya get introduced to each other till they are about 25, all the interesting moments in their lives cannot be encapsulated in two-and-a-half-hours. So, what I’m putting out now are some of the moments you might not see on screen. I want audiences to know who Varun and Nithya are even before they come to the theatres. The audience that wants to watch this film would have checked the trailers online and on TV,” says Gautham.
But what about those who haven’t watched the trailers? Will they be able to relate to the story? “Absolutely, it is not rocket science. It’s a simple, down-to-earth film which has friendship, love and travel in equal measure. Anybody will be able to relate to it.” Gautham says a number of factors have contributed to the delightful way NEP has shaped up. “The first is Raja sir’s music. The audio has fetched a good price and has created a buzz. The film, packed with songs, can be regarded as a musical. Next, I’ve got three very good actors — Jiiva, Nani, (who play the lead in the Tamil and Telugu versions) and Samantha, who is outstanding in the film. If things go well, there might be a sequel.”
Gautham is known for showcasing the finer aspects of relationships. Are they inspired by his life?
“Not every moment is from my life. But when I put the lead characters in a situation, I go back to what I have done in a situation like that, or think what I would have done,” says Gautham. But what is NEP about? “This film is about two people who are crazy about each other but somewhere things are not working out. It is about that 10 crucial minutes after a break up. What one does then assumes significance, with regard to making or marring the relationship.”
Finally, ask Gautham why people should watch NEP, and he says, “To know what love is.”
source: The Hindu
Talented actor Jiiva is riding high on success.
Though his last film Mugamoodi didn’t succeed as expected at the box-office, Jiiva has some very interesting projects on hand.
Neethane Enn Ponvasantham, a trilingual directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon is one of them.
While the Tamil and Telugu versions of the young love story are releasing this Friday, the Hindi version will release much later.
In this interview, Jiiva talks about the experience of acting in the film.
What was your initial reaction to being asked to act as a school boy?
I was very surprised. I had put on a lot of weight at that time — around 90 kilos — and I wondered how I was going to look like a school student.
But I was also aware that I would get to work with a director who knows his craft very well.
I was shooting for Shankar’s Nanban at that time. When I met Gautham Menon, the first thing he told me was that I had to lose weight.
Luckily, I started playing the CCL matches at that time. I also went on a strict diet and lost a lot of weight.
Was it the toughest role you’ve had to play — a school student, then a college student, and then a young man in his 20s?
Not at all. In fact, I would say it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career.
I had a great time acting in the film. Pon vasantham means beautiful autumn and it was really a pon vasantham for me.
What was the most enjoyable part?
Though all the three parts were enjoyable, I think I liked the college portions the most. We shot the college days first and at that time, I was really fit and felt really good.
When the first stills of the film were out, everybody was surprised to see your new and young look. Did you get a lot of compliments for the look?
I am only 29 but people have seen me looking older and in ill-fitting clothes. I’ve played my age in a film for the first time.
So, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As an actor, this movie is a great exposure for me.
What do you still remember about the school and college portions?
I enjoyed delivering the funny dialogues. At 29, it was funny to talk like a 16-17-year-old!
I haven’t been to college, but I enjoyed the college portions in the film. I could relate to what Varun did when he was 21-22.
Gautham Menon is very good at picturising romantic scenes. How was it doing the romantic scenes?
He made sure that I wasn’t uncomfortable normally I am a bit uncomfortable doing romantic scenes. But in this film, I didn’t feel that way.
The dialogues I had in the film, I might have said 10 years ago! Today, I am a married man with a kid!
I had a great co-star in Samantha so the romantic scenes came out well. Before each scene, I used to crack a joke so that she felt comfortable.
The scenes were so well executed and the dialogues beautifully written, that as an actor I had no problem doing them.
Is it not your first out-and-out romantic film?
Yes, it is. It is a pure love story. Like my life story. When Gautham narrated the story, I could connect to many of the situations. That made a big difference.
All three versions of the film were shot simultaneously. Did you watch how the others did the same scenes?
No, I didn’t stay back to watch others. There was no question of me comparing my acting with the others. I am not that kind of guy.
I am not good at dancing, but Nani is. That didn’t make me jealous or uncomfortable. I enjoyed playing Varun Krishnan.
I used to make fun of Samantha about the romantic scenes, as one after another, we were saying or doing the same thing to her!
I was the one who gave Samantha a tough time, teasing her all the time. Nani is a silent guy, and the guy who did the Hindi version (Aditya Roy Kapoor) was more focused. So, I was the one who did all the fooling around.
If there was a kissing scene, I would tell Samantha that I was going to do the first kissing that day!
How much are you looking forward to the release of Nee Thane En Pon Vasantham?
I am really looking forward to the release because everyone says I look young and smart in the film. I hope to have more girl fans after this film! (laughs)
You have come a long way from your Katrathu Thamizh days, when you had unkempt and unruly hair and an uncouth beard.
Yes, in those days girls looked at me with disgust (laughs). In the films that followed, I used abusive language and slept on the road. But many women liked me in Ko, which was not an out and out romantic film.
Varun is one of the most memorable characters I have played in my career. I have never enjoyed myself so much playing any character.
I really feel positive about the film.
Everybody is expecting another Vinnaithandi Varuvaya from Gautham Menon.
I can confidently say that this is better than Vinnaithandi Varuvaya.
One more feather in Jiiva’s cap from team Neethane En Ponvasantham!!!! NEP, which has created worldwide expectation, is taking everyone by storm with its songs, posters and excellent promotion is all set to mesmerize the audience from this Friday. This movie, comprising of some of the best in the industry is all geared up for a worldwide release and the number of prints for this movie is so high that it’s the highest ever in Jiiva’s career. Jiiva is obviously elated and is on cloud nine!!!
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Gautham Menon’s Neethaane En Ponvasantham, starring Jiiva and Samantha, has been censored and awarded with a clean U certificate. The film’s heroine Samantha, happy over this development, said that finally people will understand that there
are no steamy scenes in the film and realise that these are rumours which is the handiwork of some rumour-mongers.
NEP, slated for release on December 14th, is an out-and-out romantic film from Gautham.
Neethane En Ponvasantham is the latest film to be submitted before the censor board.
The movie has been successful in getting a clean ‘U’ from the Censor board. An official press release from the film-maker’s end also reveals that some members have been highly appreciative about the film and some have gone the distance to call it ‘The Best Romantic Movie Ever’.
Director Gautham Menon’s much awaited movie, Neethaane En Ponvasantham (NEP), has received a clean U certificate from the Censor board. The film is all set to hit screens on December 14! The master of romance Gautham Menon, and the King of Melody Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, have come together for NEP, and there is no doubt that it is a musical extravaganza, celebrating love on celluloid, with Jiiva and Samantha portraying it!
It’s now only a matter of days before Gautham Menon’s Neethaane En Ponvasantham comes to your nearest theatres, and the promotions are in full swing. Several snippets introduce us to the personalities of Varun and Nithya played by Jiiva and Samantha. Santhanam too has spoken out about his role saying that his style and delivery will be totally different in the film.
Another interesting piece of information that’s cropped up about the film is that the film’s climax is set to be nearly 22 minutes long. We hear that the director has managed to script a lengthy yet engaging climax for the film.