Verdict: Super Deluxe scores in each department including performances and direction.
Director Thiagarajan Kumararaja is back from an eight-year-long hiatus after his first movie Aaranya Kaandam. He scores again with an amazing movie named Super Deluxe, which features many newcomers as well as renowned stars including Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Ramya Krishnan, Mysskin, Gayathrie, and Bagavathi Perumal. The film is an amalgamation of separate segments that intersect some way or the other and it has been written by Mysskin, Nalan Kumarasamy, Neelan Sekar, and Thiagarajan Kumararaja. Produced by Tyler Durden and Kino Fist. East West Dream Works and Alchemy Vision Workz, Super Deluxe is a must-watch this season.
What’s Super Deluxe About:
Super Deluxe has four stories that run parallel to each other. On one side, there is Vaembu (Samantha) who is in an arranged marriage with Mugil (Fahadh Faasil), who’s meeting her ex-boyfriend at her house when her husband is not around. A couple of unexpected events take the couple in a perplexing situation and they are now running around to get rid of a dead body. On another side, Rasukutty is waiting to meet his father who had run away seven years ago. To his surprise, what comes to him is a transgender named Shilpa (Vijay Sethupathy) who wishes to meet her son Rasukutty. Somewhere else, five adolescent boys decide to watch porn, and one of the boys discovers something…rather…disturbing. And lastly, there is Arputham (Mysskin), a tsunami survivor who considers himself to be God’s right hand, goes through a situation that questions the existence of God. These stories are interwoven, yet independent of each other. The characters from each story have morally “sinned” and they find answers through characters of other story/stories directly or indirectly.
First and foremost, let’s discuss about the performances and they are nothing less than mind-blowing. Vijay Sethupathy is excellent and essays the struggles of a transgender woman quite effortlessly. Fahadh Faasil’s Mugil might look like an easy one because he makes it appear that way. He is truly one of its kind. Super Deluxe would be one of Samantha’s career best; her performance in the climax – the fear and confusion – it’s just too good. Ramya Krishnan and Mysskin score as well, especially in the climax. The three newcomer boys are amazing too, so is the little boy who plays Rasukutty. Bhagavathy Perumal’s role could be considered as a very strong antagonist in Tamil cinema, no matter how subtle his moves are. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s score, P. S. Vinod and Nirav Shah‘s cinematography, and Sathyaraj Natarajan’s editing are the highlights of the movie. The writers and the director have made sure that the audience thinks of the same questions that the characters ask themselves and that is quite visible with the applause. Super Deluxe is a socially relevant film, questioning the flaws of nationalism, blind beliefs, morality so on and so forth. It won’t be surprising if it receives many accolades.
What Could’ve Been Better:
To be honest, the movie is perfect the way it is. However, lack of songs, fights, and the usual masala elements might disappoint some. To enjoy the film properly, watch it with this in mind: Super Deluxe is not your conventional movie.
Why You Should Watch:
You should watch this film for its performances, the content and for the way it is made. Super Deluxe is a total package which also gives you different perspectives about movie making and also life, in general.
Need more reasons to watch Super Deluxe? Here are 5: