Super Deluxe: Why We Should All Be Paying Attention To This Tamil Film

Coming out with Jordan Peele's Us, Super Deluxe's shrouded-in-secrecy production has built up the right amount of intrigue before its release this Friday.

Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe is making all the right noises before its release this week. Putting together an ensemble cast (comprising regional actors whose fandom has crossed over to different parts of the country), an intriguing trailer and a bunch of visibly interesting characters, Super Deluxe has evoked plenty of intrigue over the course of its production.

And with its release this Friday alongside Jordan Peele’s Us, here are the following reasons why this Tamil film should be on your radar:

1. Ensemble cast
Starring Fahadh Faasil, Samantha, Vijay Sethupathi and Ramya Krishnan, Super Deluxe has managed to bring together some amazing acting talent under one roof. The film has Vijay Sethupati playing the role of a trans woman, named Shilpa. One of the most interesting actors in Tamil cinema at the moment, Sethupati has gone to town, talking about his interpretation of Shilpa and how much work was put into finding her voice during his conversations with director Kumararajan. Also, after the monster success of the Baahubali films, it will be a welcome change to see Ramya Krishnan going back to her indie roots in this.

2. Mind-bender of a trailer
Film trailers around the world have been dissed for giving away ‘too much’, but that’s not a problem faced by the makers of Super Deluxe. Intentionally shrouded in secrecy through the course of its production, the trailer of Super Deluxe isn’t conventional by any means. A fable is repeated thrice in the trailer, with increasing intensity and speed. As it quickly cuts between its ensemble cast, there’s a sense of confusion almost as if to show how the best of human beings unravel when faced with duress. None of the film’s punch-lines, no introduction to characters, the makers give out nothing and everything, based on how one chooses to look at it.

3. The director’s street-cred
Thiagrajan Kumararajan made a sensational debut with 2011’s Aranya Kaandam, even going on to win a National Award for the Best Director (on debut). Starring Jackie Shroff as the only recognisable names amongst a bunch of newcomers, the film was called as one of the seminal gangster films to have come out of Tamil cinema in recent memory. Enjoying a cult following similar to that of Sriram Raghavan, Kumararajan’s latest might turn out to be a hit purely based on the interest around the film. Much like Raghavan’s Andhadhun from last year, which became a hit based on the word-of-mouth following the film’s release.

Super Deluxe releases on March 29, 2019.