For a day I thought I was going to direct Rajinikanth: Gautham Menon

Gautham revealed that he was hopeful of signing Rajinikanth for his next film before the actor green-lit Pa Ranjith's film Kabali.

Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published:November 27, 2016 3:46 pm
Gautham Menon keen working with Rajinikanth Gautham Menon keen on working with Rajinikanth

Working with superstar Rajinikanth is every filmmaker’s dream and director Gautham Menon is no exception. The director, who is now basking in the success of two back-to-back hits, is very keen on doing a film with the Thalaivar and efforts to make it happen are also underway.

During a special television talk show, Gautham revealed that he was hopeful of signing Rajinikanth for his next film before the actor green-lit Pa Ranjith’s film Kabali. When asked who would he pick between Rajinikanth and Mammootty to play the lead role in his next film, Gautham, without thinking twice, named the Enthiran star.

“I am keen on working with Rajinikanth sir. I have even met him a few times and narrated stories,” he said on the show aired on Sun TV that discussed the success of his latest film Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada. “Before Kabali, I had narrated a story to Rajinikanth and for a day I thought I was his next director. But later that evening, I got the news that Rajinikanth was doing Ranjith’s film.” Kabali, the gangster drama, went on to become the biggest money churner for its Kollywood filmmakers this year.

AYM has emerged as a winner at the box office despite the ongoing nationwide cash crunch and also gave its lead actor Simbu the much-needed success. The actor’s career had been going through a rough patch for over three years now. However, now things are looking up for the actor.

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The lead role played by Simbu in the romantic thriller is named after Rajinikanth. It was one of the surprises in the film as Gautham kept the name of the protagonist a secret till the climax. AYM was the second hit in a row for Gautham after last year’s Yennai Arindhaal, which had Ajith in the lead.

Gautham is currently shooting for his next directorial outing Enai Noki Paayum Thota, in which actor Dhanush is playing the lead. The film has Megha Akash as its female lead and Yuvan Shankar Raja has scored music for the film.