Game Over: Taapsee Pannu scores high in this sensitively-made psychodrama


But that’s not Swapna. We need more directors like Ashwin Saravanan who show people with depression and anxiety are “socially-acceptable and normal”. You don’t often see a protagonist attending therapy sessions. That’s why it’s important to have a woman writer on board. Game Over lives up to its tagline, ‘You’ve seen nothing like this’. Undoubtedly, Vinodhini, Sanchana and T Parvathi are the additional lifelines to this film. There is blood and gore. She doesn’t live with her parents. We get to see only four male characters in the film. Her body is burnt. We need more films like Game Over that have a realistic portrayal of protagonists who have mental health issues. Three masked men and a psychoanalyst (played by Anish Kuruvilla). Swapna doesn’t treat her as a housemaid but trusts her completely. I like the way the film ended. Advertising

There is also another story of Amudha (Sanchana Natarajan) and her mom Dr Reena (T Parvathi) helping Swapna overcome her fear. I like how Ashwin Saravanan made me root for his powerfully-written female characters. That too in a no-nonsense character playing Pac-Man. Taapsee contributes equally by carrying off the role admirably well. Her head is chopped. Game Over treads unfamiliar terrains and is Ashwin Saravanan’s second film after Nayanthara’s Maya. You don’t often see a woman video-gamer. Game Over could have been crispier and avoided the whole ‘tattoo angle’. What is interesting is Game Over has many well-defined women characters—the tattoo artist, housemaid, et cetera, who outnumbered men. It’s interesting how he chose to cast Taapsee Pannu in a pan-Indian project. You get to know her likes, dislikes and lifestyle, but you never judge her for her ‘flaws’. Swapna has a tattoo of a joystick on her wrist. Advertising

Swapna works from home. Again, you don’t often see a supporting character, a cancer survivor. You get interesting lines —‘fight like a girl’, ‘Seththaalum paravaala; sanda podarom’ and so on. The makers portray Swapna with utmost empathy and sensitivity that I even welled up a little. 0
Comment(s) A few minutes into Game Over, we are shown a woman getting murdered à la Hitchcock. Ashwin Saravanan takes the audience straight into Swapna’s world. She has Kala (Vinodhini) to help her out with household chores. Most of the events happen inside a house and Ashwin manages to hold the audience’s interest throughout, without losing grip on the narration. “What if life is a video game and déjà vu are just checkpoints?” and “Real life makes me want to kill people in video games!” You see those words on posters stuck to her living room. Ashwin gives Swapna closure and hope. (Credit equally goes to co-writer Kaavya Ramkumar). But overall, it works well, along with contribution by music composer Ron Ethan Yohann and Director of Photography A Vasanth. I like the universe that the film is set in.