Noted filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon recently found himself in a difficult situation when young director Karthick Naren accused him of using money meant for Naragasooran to complete his own directorial ventures, The young man even added that GVM had not cleared Arvind Swami’s dues.
“ When I signed Naragasooran for Gautham Menon sir, everyone asked to reconsider my decision. But I had immense faith and admiration in Gautham sir and we started the shoot. Though Gautham sir’s Ondraga banner is associated with Naragasooran on paper, he hasn’t invested anything into our project. What really hurt me is that he has gone ahead and borrowed money pledging my film (Naragasooran) and invested in his own films —Dhruva Natchathiram and Enai Noki Paayum Thota. The main issue now is that Gautham sir has to settle the remuneration of Arvind Swamy sir and other actors. Though Arvind sir is sweet enough to dub the film for me, I don’t want to take him to be taken for granted,” he told Sify.
Karthick Naren also took to Twitter and claimed that the filmmaker had treated him like ‘trash’.
“While everybody advised against it I had the pair to trust you & collaborate sir. In return we were treated like trash & made to invest on our own. I think its better to whine & confront instead of running away. Please don’t do this to any other young filmmaker sir. It hurts!“ he added.
Now, just hours after the explosive claims, producer Siddharth Rao too has accused GVM of mismanaging his funds and delaying Nenjam Marapathillai. Replying to Karthick Naren’s tweet, he said that his case was the same.
In case you did not know, Nenjam Marapathillai is a gothic-horror drama and features SJ Suryah-Regina Cassandra in the lead. It initially went on the floors in 2016 and is yet to see the light of the day.