Selfie movie review: GV Prakash Kumar’s film is gripping thriller on education mafia

Selfie movie review: GV Prakash Kumar plays the lead role in a thriller about an engineer who walks the murky streets of corruption.

Debuting director Mathimaaran, a former assistant to filmmaker Vetrimaaran, makes a sure debut with Selfie – a film that explores the dark mafia world of the educational mafia with a focused narrative. Based on some real-life incidents, the film serves as a gripping story that presents a place on the front row for college admission fraud and the price some students have to pay for it. The film also talks about the obsession that parents have built up around the need to enroll their children in the engineering college without regard to their own interests. (Also read: Morbius movie review: Jared Leto’s MCU vampire feels like an expensive April Fool’s joke, the worst Marvel movie ever)

GV Prakash Kumar plays Kanal, a village boy who has been pressured by his father to take an engineering course. After a few weeks, Kanal realizes that he has to earn extra money by taking a part-time job to cover his expenses. But when he finds out that the easy way to make quick money is to earn commission on selling college places, he does not think twice before jumping in. He does not realize the risk of getting dirty in this industry which is entirely. managed by Ravi Varma (Gautham Menon), a local thug who has contacts far and wide. Kanal’s life is turned upside down when he is included in the university admission.

Selfie, which shows GV Prakash Kumar in one of his most serious appearances in recent times, works largely because it keeps the focus on the scam. If it were not for the racing script, the film would have struggled to engage the audience with most of the story set against a college background. The choice to cast Gautham Menon as the antagonist also works in the film’s favor. You do not get major conflict scenes between Gautham and Prakash, but the way these characters are written compensates for the great clash that usually awaits between the hero and the villain in mainstream film.

Despite the initial lag, the film picks up speed after Kanal’s character becomes involved in the chaos. The film has a strong hangover of Vetrimaaran’s Pollathavan, especially in its style and certain action scenes. Two action sequences that take place inside a room stand out and serve as conversation points in the film. The climax feels hasty, but the fact that the film does not try to glorify Kanal’s character in the end deserves some praise.

Director: Mathimaaran
Throw: GV Prakash Kumar, Gautham Menon

ott: 10

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