War of words between veteran director Gautham Menon and young film maker Karthick Naren has shocked the fans of both. It all started when Karthick posted a tweet saying “Sometimes a misplaced trust may kill you. People should think twice before taking it for a ride. The last thing you want to see is your passion getting butchered from all the directions for a mistake you did not commit. Threshold!”.
Later, Gautham Menon shared a video directed by a young team and subtly attacked Karthick by tweeting “While some young filmmakers whine about their passion getting butchered instead of growing a pair, here’s a young team that makes an interesting short about girls, women, cricket, CSK and liberation.What a connect. So very nicely done!”
Karthick boldly hit back the filmmaker with a tweet: “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 it's better to whine & confront instead of running away. Please don't do this to any other young filmmaker sir. It hurts!”.
To know more on the issue, we caught up with Karthick Naren, who told us “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”.
Karthick also added “ I invested all the money that we earned from Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru in Naragasooran and when Ondraga Entertainment says that they are associated with my film, they shouldn’t back out but in reality, they haven’t spent anything for us. Naragasooran is actually funded by Badri Kasthuri sir’s Shraddha Entertainment and me, but financiers who gave money to Gautham Menon are targeting our project. When we tried to reach Gautham through phone calls and messages, he didn’t have the cortesy to respond so I had no other option. Someone has to bell the cat”.
When we asked sources close to Gautham Menon say that Karthick should’ve waited for the issue to be solved. But Karthick says “I believed Gautham sir and when he backed out, it really hurt. Now as all money has been locked in Naragasooran, and I am unable to start my new film Nadaga Medai-