Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Where: Super Deluxe

Why: When Aaranya Kaandam was released, we thought it was the beginning of a career. When Super Deluxe was released, we discovered that the (earlier) film was actually the beginning of a universe. We speak of MCU and suchlike, but Thiagarajan Kumararaja was apparently thinking about it (quietly, like he does everything), and with only the script as the superpower. Aaranya Kaandam bombed, but it gained a cult following. But Super Deluxe really broke out amongst cinephiles all over India. It was unlike anything anyone had seen – or maybe we should say it was alien to our experience. The film disrupted the notion of Tamil mainstream cinema, and its director disrupted what a “Tamil mainstream filmmaker” should do. He isn’t explaining his film. He isn’t bothered with whether you get it. He’s just thinking about how to fuck with your head in his next movie.



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