Pachchaikili Muthucharam, Gautham Menon has become
very vulnerable to allegations that his movies
are remakes of English originals. Pachchaikili
Muthucharam was based on the novel Derailed, a
fact admitted by Gautham himself. However, most
people took it for granted that the movie was
a frame to frame remake of an English movie of
the same name starring Jennifer Aniston. Though
both movies were based on the same novel, there
were differences that went largely unnoticed due
to a predetermined notion amongst the viewing
public. Needless to say, this half baked propaganda
became one of the factors that affected the performance
of the movie at the box office. Pachchaikili Muthucharam
has been unable to live up to the expectations
that were generated by the Gautham-Oscar Movies
the same combination is getting ready to bring out another
movie. It will be the Surya starrer Vaaranum Aayiram.
Already there have been talks about this movie too being
a remake, or at least inspired by another. Buzz started
going around that the movie is based on a Russian film
titled ‘Character’, a story of ego clashes
between father and son. Gautham too had earlier stated
that his movie would be based on a father-son relation.
Add to this, the synopsis of the story that had been
read out at the official launch of Vaaranum Aayiram
is said to resemble that of Character.
No one knows how far this is true. One thing is for
sure; there would not have been too many people present
at the launch who are in the habit of watching Russian
movies. Even if there was someone then they better be
wise enough to reserve their judgment till Vaaranum
Aayiram releases. It is simply not acceptable when anyone
but the director of a movie calls it a remake even before
a single shot has been taken.
But when Gautham Menon was asked to comment on these
allegations, “I am still working on the script.
Nothing is finalized. I am not sure from where people
get all these kind of news. Vaaranum Aayirum will be
my interpretation of Forrest Gump”, said the director
Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks, had won the Academy
Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor for the year
1994 and is considered one of the best inspirational
movies of Hollywood.