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Movie Review: Super Deluxe

Banners: Tyler Durden and Kino Fist, East West Dream Works, Alchemy Vision Workz

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil, Ramya Krishnan, Mysskin, Gayathrie, Bucks, Ashwanth Ashokkumar

Writers: Thiagarajan Kumararaja; Nalan Kumarasamy, Neelan K Shekar, Mysskin (Additional Screenplay)

Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja

As the opening credits of the film begin, you can hear the conversation between a man and woman. You can gauge that they are former lovers. She invites him to her home and their secret rendezvous has an unexpected ending. Now she has to face her husband and his questions!

In another part of the city are five desperate teenagers, who decide to do ‘group study’. Of course don’t we all know the purpose of this study is! They hoped for a ‘happy ending’ but due to some unforeseen circumstance end up with a broken TV instead which has to be replaced.

Then there is a mother and son who are waiting for the father of the boy to come back home after nearly seven years. The household is full of relatives eagerly waiting to welcome back the man of house, but they are in for a shock when he finally arrives.

Finally, there is this god man. Having survived the tsunami, he thinks that he has the power to cure anyone, as he is God’s chosen one. He receives the news that his son has been in an accident and needs immediate medical help.

All these four storylines are interwoven. How these four connect with each other and how the extraordinary circumstances lead to even more extraordinary solutions is what Super Deluxe is all about.

The strength of the film is its writing and the casting. Written by Thiagarajan Kumararaja, Super Deluxe has additional writing by Nalan Kumarasamy, Neelan K Shekar and Mysskin. But it is impossible to imagine that four different writer-directors with different sensibilities have created this magnificent canvas. Sex, relationships, family, values, politics, gender, corruption, discrimination, morality, religion, god, humanity, life; Super Deluxe comments on all of these. But at no point does the narrative lose its grip. The drama, thrill, comedy everything is maintained.

PS Vinod and Nirav Shah’s cinematography enhances every frame. Irrespective of what is happening on screen, the brightness in the scenes keeps on reminding us that this is a quirky film. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is a major highlight. The way he has used his father Ilaiyaraaja’s songs and the disco tune of Bappi Lahiri is amazing. Not just music, the use of noise and every other sound adds to the moment we see on screen.

Talking about the performances, Vijay Sethupathi is the ultimate uninhibited actor. The way he made Shilpa, a transgender, his own, is unimaginable. At a time when actors are worried about image and how they appear on screen, here is an actor who embraces the character with open arms. Samantha as Vaembu gives one of her best performances till date. She has successfully broken the norm of what kind of role married actresses can do. Her breakdown in the climax moves you. Fahadh Faasil as Mugil is endearing. He is funny, honest and once again proves why he is one of the best actors we have today. Ramya Krishnan as Leela and Mysskin as Arputham are a treat to watch. Bucks, Gayathrie and Ashwanth Ashokkumar make the film spectacular.

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