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Gautham Blows the candle

IndiaGlitz [Monday, February 25, 2013]

The man who crafted and retold the legacy of love and its appulse in a random life, celebrates his birthday in the month of love. In under a decade, Gautham Vasudev Menon has undoubtedly become one of the stalwarts in South Indian films. He made his debut as an independent director, with a brand new team in 2001, with the Maddy starrer 'Minnale'. He also launched the bilingual in Hindi, titled 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein'. And then there was no looking back.

WIth a career of 13 films to flaunt, GVM has become one of the leading directors in South India to describe the inevitable emotion - love. After the success of 'Minnale', this mechanical engineer by qualification, crafted many other lores like 'Kaakha Kaakha', 'Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu', 'Pachaikili Muthucharam' and the evergreen 'Vinnathaandi Varuvaya'. He has done numerous cameo roles in the movies that he directed and also those in which he worked as an assistant director ('Minsara Kanavu').

Meanwhile, he has also gifted the Tamil cinema with a semi-autobiography, 'Vaaranam Aayiram'. Recently, he wooed the Tamil audience, rendering his voice to actor Jiiva for a song in his 'Neethaane En Ponvasantham'. The Telugu parallel of this flick, 'Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu' was also a grand success. Not just that, he has tried his hand at production too. 'Nadunisi Naaygal', 'Veppam' and 'Neethaane En Ponvasantham' are products of his money, in Tamil; while in Hindi, he has produced 'Ekk Deewana Tha', the remake of 'Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya'.

There is, virtually, no ceiling to his success. He was won 5 FIlmfare Awards and 3 Vijay Awards, among many others. Currently, he is directing a Hindi flick, 'Assi Nabbe Poorey Sau', and his production gifts 'Thanga Meengal' and 'Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum' in Tamil, and 'Courier Boy Kalyan' in Telugu are still in the making.

So here goes, to the gem of a director, a bunch of love for his contributions to entertainment and a bouquet of blossoming wishes, for a very happy birthday!

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