Vijay Sethupathi

Where: Super Deluxe

Why: It’s an accepted truth that Vijay Sethupathi likes to go where no actor has gone before. Still, the transwoman he played in Super Deluxe – with a paunch, without hair (and with a fabulous wig for a cover), without remorse (at first) – was something that left the industry searching for its jaw on the theatre floor. It wasn’t just the performance or the writing of the character that was disruptive. (Trans people are usually... nice. Or they end up victims.) It was the guts, the utter lack of vanity, the conviction inside him that did not say “I will play this character but make it a double role, so I can be macho in that other character...” It may be the most anatomically correct description, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a more balls-out performance anytime soon.



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