“Just when lots of positive movement was happening on Naragasooran, a tweet from my director Karthick Naren upset me and even though good sense prevailed through most of the day, lots of calls from the media upset me and I tweeted a reply. In retrospect, I feel I shouldn’t have. I apologise to Karthick for that,” begins the veteran director and producer’s note posted today on Twitter.
Saying that the tweet was more in response to the incessant phone calls and ‘unnecessary’ attention to the film from the media, GVM further went on to say that throughout the production of Naragasooran, he has not interfered or even discussed the script with Karthick and had only insisted with his team and the investors who came on board to give Karthick what he wanted.
Addressing Karthick’s claim that although Gautham menon had promised to fund his film, he hadn’t invested any money, and allegedly used the title of producer to get funds for his own films Enai Noki Payum Thota and Dhruva Natchithiram which are yet to hit the screens, GVM says in the letter “We’ve spent a lot on the film through investors for which I’m liable and the business is not big enough to divert funds to another film like Dhruva Natchathiram, which is seven times bigger in size and is produced by someone else. I’ve not asked for 50% share of the profit on Naragasooran and I know I have no share on the film.”
Stating that he would happily opt out of the film if Karthick wanted him to leave, Gautham Menon said, “I understand that Karthick’s angst and rant is coming from some miscommunication by vested interests and a non-understanding of how the market works. Nobody can stop the release of a film, and we haven’t made films to be kept on the shelf.”
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Gautham Menon also claimed that ‘every other producer goes through this.’ And that, “When a team does good work, there will be somebody trying to bring the team down. That’s all this is. In a few days, all issues will be sorted. And we’ve never held back Karthick from beginning work on his next film. He’s free to do so and he has begun work also,”
The letter also claimed that actor Arvind Swamy had refused to dub his part till his entire payment was made, while Karthick had claimed that the Actor had continued to dubb without being paid fully.
GVM, however, concludes the note by saying that the misunderstanding has been sorted out and that Karthick and he are working towards making this film see the light of day or ‘the darkness of a movie hall’ very soon.