Gautham Menon has hinted in an interview with the Hindu that his next film will feature the protagonists of his 2010 film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, Karthik and Jessie. The film is likely to star Puneeth Rajkumar, Jayam Ravi, Sai Dharam Tej, and Prithviraj. Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia are also in talks to join the lead cast.
Menon said, “I’m doing a film about four friends from the southern states coming together for a wedding. It takes off from Karthik’s life eight years after Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa… he’s finished his third film. He has lost the love of his life and that has changed his entire concept of women. He has become a playboy. Now, any film that has Karthik should have Jessie too right?”
Gautham Menon is reportedly producing the film through his company, Ondraga Entertainment.
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya was about a romantic relationship between Karthik (STR), an aspiring filmmaker, and Jessie (Trisha Krishnan), a software engineer. Their romance hits highs and lows until the day Jessie decides to leave it behind for the sake of her family. The movie’s Telugu version Yemaya Chesave, which starred Naga Chaithanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, depicted a positive ending for the couple and was more successful at the box-office. Menon however feels the original film was better: “When I had shot both Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and its Telugu version Ye Maaya Chesave, the latter turned out to be a bigger hit because of its happy ending. But Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa was always the film. Ye Maaya… was just its poorer cousin.”