Director Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe starring Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil and Samantha is all set to release worldwide on March 29.

Thiagarajan Kumararaja is an enigma in K-Town. He has made only one film titled Aaranya Kaandam, which was released in 2010, and it was a box office failure. Yet, it won a National Award for Best Direction. The director then went AWOL, and had remained so for the past nine years. But his upcoming film Super Deluxe is currently the talk of the town, which is releasing this week.

Aaranya Kaandam is now streaming on a popular OTT (Over The Top) service, but earlier there used to be a joke among ardent fans – that even Thiagarajan doesn’t have a good print of the film! How did this underdog become the talk of the town now? It was predominantly through word-of-mouth reviews of his debut film. in an industry where directors vanish in just years of churning out numerous hits, Thiagarajan stayed with the fans; fans who were left wondering for a long time what this filmmaker was up to.

Now, he is all set to put out his second film, Super Deluxe, which boasts of a big star cast comprising Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Ramya Krishnan, Samantha and Mysskin in key roles. The film has certainly set a tone for itself with the trailer and the promos. Take a look at some of the most intriguing things about the upcoming film.

FOUR PEOPLE FOR THE SCRIPT

Thiagarajan has roped in three directors to write the script for the film, which is unprecedented in Tamil cinema. Nalan Kumarasamy of Soodhu Kavvum fame, director Neelan and Mysskin have all worked on different segments of the film. On top of it, the director himself has also written a portion for Super Deluxe. Another intriguing thing about the process was that except Thiagarajan, the rest didn’t know what the other person was working on.

CAST AND INTRIGUING CHARACTERS

It is now common knowledge that Ramya Krishnan is playing the role of a porn star in the film. But not much has been revealed about the other characters. Vijay Sethupathi is playing the role of a transperson called Shilpa. In a recent interview, Sethupathi spilled some beans about his role. Shilpa’s story is about her return to her house after many years. Now, it could be about how she is received by her parents and acquaintances; but with Thiagarajan, you never know. Samantha’s character Vembu, it is said, is a role that has negative shades. Not much is out about Mysskin’s role.

 

THE PUPPET MASTER IS BACK

Samantha said in an interview that Vijay Sethupathi and Mysskin went for more than 80 takes while shooting for the scene. Similarly, Ramya Krishnan called Super Deluxe the toughest film of her career. Mysskin said, “In a scene, I get slapped by someone and I was made to do it 160 times.”

Talking about the strenuous workload, Samantha said, “There will be some magic that will be there in the final take. It won’t be there in 17 takes, but it will be there in the 18th take. I can’t do more than 3 takes. I put my 100 per cent in the first 3 takes then I switch off. I think this was the first film in which I was able to do more than that. Mainly because of the person behind the camera, who is almost like a puppet master.”

NADHIYA OVERWHELMED

Nadhiya was first roped in to play the role of Ramya Krishnan. She even shot a few scenes for the movie and walked out of the film since she thought her family audience wouldn’t accept her in such a bold role. Despite Thiagarajan’s efforts to convince Nadhiya, she walked out of the film. Later, Rajamatha Ramya Krishnan came on board.

Super Deluxe is hitting the screens on March 29. Hope Thiagarajan doesn’t turn out to be a one-film wonder.

 

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