Gautham Menon recently pruned Neethane En Ponvasantham by ten minutes following a worrying response regarding the slow pace of his movie. In spite of being the most awaited release of the year it received a cold response in comparison to the Vikram Prabhu starrer Kumki which is doing good business at the box office.In fact, sensing that Kumki is a family entertainer the promoters have now released a new poster which claims that NEP too is also a family movie. However it was a double blow for Gautham as his home banner Photon Kathaas has produced the movie and he directed it.
The director recently sought help from Mani Ratnam post a mixed bag of reviews he received from fans and critics alike. It is a known fact that Gautham is a big fan of Mani Ratnam and has previously mentioned that Mouna Raagam and Alaipayuthe are his all time favorite romantic tales. A close source mentioned that Gautham sent a message to the veteran director expressing that NEP was his best effort.
In response Mani Ratnam said that he should not worry of what has bygone but instead look forward to his next project. Furthermore Mani consoled him and disclosed that he saw there was a sincere effort on Gauthams part right from the movies pre release promotions to its theatrical release.