Director: Ashwin Saravana
Producer: S. Sashikanth
Production companies: Y NOT Studios, Reliance Entertainment
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan
Stars – 4 star out of 5
Ashwin Saravanan’s, Game Over, is actually a Telugu film dubbed in Hindi. It is one of those films that gets you on the edge of the seat almost immediately as it starts.
Game Over, a splendid heart-in-the-mouth suspense thriller which turns the concept of women’s empowerment on its head. The film opens with a chilling murder wherein a young girl Amrita’s (Sanchana Natrajan) who lives alone in her house on a lonely street. Someone is watching her. From a distance. The perpetrator breaks into her house, ties her up and wraps her face with a plastic cover. She dies a tragic death. Beheaded and body set on fire. This introduction sequence explains the intensity of Ashwin Saravanan’s Game Over.
Meanwhile, Swapna ( Taapsee Pannu) is a video game designer who works from home because of her dark past. Her past induces so much trauma into her that she gets panic attacks when ever she is in a dark room. As she is on her way to recovery, she is bogged down by flashes of her dark memories which push her to maim herself.
This incident initiates a dark effect in Swapna’s life, which ultimately leads her to uncover the truth about Amutha’s life and hers.
Director Ashwin Saravanan and writer Kavya treat Game Over like a video game. They offer multiple lives, probable situations in real world, to their protagonist. Game Over is a well-made, layered film, which touches upon a lot of sensible issues. With power-packed performances from Taapsee and Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, the film is trippy and engaging till the last frame.
The screenplay, penned by Ashwin and Kavya, is the hero of the film. It uses the ‘video game’ theme to the fullest. From multiple lives to power-ups, one can relate to the film quite easily. Swapna’s room is filled with cassettes and video game-related posters. One particular post reads, “Life is a video game and deja vu are just check points.” This particular poster defines the entire film
Taapsee Pannu slips into the role of the depressed Swapna quite effortlessly. From expressing her trauma to discovering her bravery, her expressions are on point. Overall, Game Over is an intelligent film that uses the video game concept in a smart manner. Just like in video games… the game is not over until all the lives are lost. It’s not really over until it’s over.