Taapse Pannu is the current generation’s thinking actress, for sure. Her recent film choices, both in Hindi and in the South, show how mature and seasoned she has become, compared to the days of her debut in Vetrimaran’s Aadukalam (2011.) The amount of varied genre movies in which she stars these days is really heartwarming to see. Game Over, as Taapsee mentioned in many of her interviews, is a gamechanger in Indian cinema. The highlight of the film lies in Ashwin Saravanan’s screenplay, which is both terrifying and fantastic at the same time.
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vinodini, Ramya Subramaian and Anish Kuruvilla
Direction: Ashwin Saravanan
Music: Ron Ethan Yohann
Cinematography: A. Vasanth
Swapna (Taapsee) is a video game programmer, who generally works from home. She lives alone in her apartment with her servant, Kalamma (Vinodini.) Swapna is an avid retro game enthusiast too. She meets with a gruesome incident during New Year’s Eve, which leaves her wheelchair bound and traumatises her for years. She is diagnosed with an illness known as the anniversary effect, a recollection of a bitter day in a year by a person who was a part of the traumatic incident. The incident which haunts her has a strong connection with the way she solves her mental illness. Swapna sees the intrusion of a stranger in her house and behaves as though she is possessed by a ghost. The way she, with the help of her servant and psychiatrist (Anish Kuruvilla,) solves her illness is told through the prism of women empowerment, bringing out the current problem of stalking and molestation of women.
Game Over stands on its feet right from the beginning. Ashwin Saravanan, along with A. Vasanth, the cameraman, builds a tightly woven screenplay, dealing with a lot of topics like mental illness, homesickness, the reliability of medicine and various issues. Taapsee literally makes this film her own, with a restrained performance till the end. The way she moves in a wheelchair with a tense look on her face—sustaining that for a duration of two hours or so is nothing short of a miracle. Vinodini, the veteran Tamil actress, plays a non stereotypical servant role, who understands Swapna and takes care of her. The duration of Game Over may be an issue, but it does not make the movie a bore. Ashwin Saravanan is a true genius in writing and deserves more adulation from the audience.
Game Over is easily the best of the lot, as far as mid 2019 releases are concerned.