Gautham Vasudev Menon is an Indian film director and producer. Mainly working in Tamil cinema, he has also directed Hindi and Telugu films which are remakes of his Tamil films. Many of his Tamil films have been critically acclaimed, most notably his action-thrillers Kaakha Kaakha and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. Gautham Menon was an ad film maker, shooting various commercials after an apprenticeship under filmmaker Rajiv Menon. He worked as an assistant director for Minsaara Kanavu, in which he also appeared in a cameo role. He soon started his own ad agency "Photon Kathaas" which is now a film production company.
He made his directorial debut in 2001 with the Tamil romantic film Minnale with R. Madhavan, Abbas and Reema Sen playing the lead roles. Menon received the chance to remake the film in Bollywood, retaining Madhavan as in the lead role, while having Diya Mirza playing the female lead role. The remake was titled Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein. Menon returned to Tamil cinema in 2003 with the action thriller Kaaka Kaaka, starring Surya Sivakumar, Jyothika Saravanan and Jeevan.
Menon appeared in a cameo role as a senior police officer. With R. D. Rajashekar on the camera, Anthony in editing and again with Harris Jayaraj handling the music. Menon again got offers from various quarters to remake the film which he did in Telugu with Daggubati Venkatesh in the lead. After that, Menon made the investigative thriller film Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu with Kamal Hassan. The unit faced a lot of problems due to the producer's suicide attempt. Menon played a cameo dancing at the back in the song, Manjal Veiyil. Menon's next project, Pachaikili Muthucharam, based on the Movie /novel Derailed, with Sarath Kumar and Jyothika Saravanan, was released in 2007. It's a blatant plagiarism. His next release, Vaaranam Aayiram with Surya Sivakumar, Simran Bagga, Sameera Reddy and Divya Spandana got released in late 2008 which received 5 Filmfare Awards and the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for 2008.
In 2010, his next project, the Tamil romantic film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, starring Silambarasan Rajendar and Trisha Krishnan which was filmed simultaneously with the Telugu version, titled Ye Maaya Chesave with Naga Chaitanya and debutante Samantha Ruth Prabhu as the leading cast. The video for the song, Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam, the theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010 was conceived and directed by him. The video showcased the evolution of the Tamil script over time as well as aspects of Tamil culture, Tamil education, and the aesthetic beauty of Tamil locales. The song was penned by M. Karunanidhi and composed by A. R. Rahman. Menon is now working on Nadunisi Naaygal, starring Sameera Reddy, which supposedly will have no film score.