With the success of his most recent release, Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu, Gautham Menon is currently enjoying himself. The Silambarasan-starring film, which released in theatres on Thursday, September 15, has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from viewers. At the box office, the film is likewise doing incredibly well and has already achieved blockbuster status. The director is currently in the news, though, for a humorous reason. Recently, during a Telugu promotional interview, the anchor confused veteran director Mani Ratnam with Gautham Menon. He questioned the filmmaker about how he handled an ensemble cast in his previous movie that featured Silambarasan, Vijay Sethupathi, and others. It was clear from the anchor's query that he was referring to Mani Ratnam's 2018 film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Gautham Menon, a devoted supporter of the Ponniyin Selvan director, handled this error amicably.
Gautham Menon identified himself as Mani Ratnam and answered: “It was very difficult to work with Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, and Arvind Swamy. You know to get their dates; they all are such busy actors. But then, I am Mani Ratnam, and they will easily come when I call them. I start shooting at 4:30-5 in the morning, and they will all be there. If you heard Simbu doesn’t come to Gautham Menon’s films at 7 in the morning, for Mani sir, for me, he was there at 4:30 in the morning. It was a great experience.”
In numerous interviews, Gautham Menon has expressed how much he admires Mani Ratnam and his work. He even made an attempt to work as an assistant director on the seasoned director's team earlier in his career, but it never happened. However, he eventually worked with the seasoned director on the Netflix series Navarasa. A section of the anthology web series, which Mani Ratnam produced under his in-house name Madras Talkies, was directed by Gautham Menon.