Gautham Vasudev Menon has expressed his anguish over media reports, which claimed that he blamed his actors for the dismal show of his Hindi projects (Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Ek Deewana Tha) at the box-office
While Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein is the remake of the Gautham Menon’s maiden venture Minnale, Ek Deewana Tha is the Bollywood version of his Tamil super hit Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya. Both Bollywood versions flopped and there were rumours that the director blamed his actors for his failure.In a statement, Gautham said, “I have not blamed my actors for my films not doing well. In a recent interview to a Tamil weekly, I spoke about all that went wrong with my Hindi films. There were a whole lot of reasons I had talked about, beginning with the direction, the translation to Hindi, the script not being liked, the critics reviews, my own choice of casting that finally went wrong and Prateik not being as adept as Simbu. Similarly, with my first Hindi film, I had mentioned that I had no clue what I was doing in Hindi that early in my career. I had also said that I went completely with Madhavan’s conviction about the film although I kept telling him that it won’t work. There were reviews that talked about Madhavan’s look in the film and the critics called him overweight. Lots of reasons for the audience to stay away from the film.”
“So it’s unfair to state that I had only blamed my actors for my films being flops. I also thought it was pointless to speak to people in the film industry and get their views on a non-issue especially when nobody bothered to take mine,” Gautham added. “It’s unfair to put out an article based on hearsay and constructed out of another article and to not use the exact words I had used,” he said.
We hope what Gautham is saying is true, or else no actor would want to work with him!