This gripping action drama explores college admission scams

On the centre of Mathi Maran’s debut movie Selfie, is the burgeoning admission racket rampant in medical and engineering schools in Chennai. The movie deftly explains how swiftly a school seat is crammed— money flows like water from the palms of rich dad and mom to fee stealing brokers, in flip to cash funnelling institutes — all of this in a matter of some minutes. Selfie, true to its theme, is as fast-paced because the transaction itself.

The movie follows the lifetime of GV Prakash Kumar’s village lad Kanal, who unwittingly joins a B-grade engineering school within the metropolis. When he finds out that his dad (performed by the superb Vagai Chandrasekhar) went on to pay a hefty quantity as “donation” to get him the seat, the liquor-swigging scholar is launched to the underground world of the admission racket system in schools. Quickly after that, he takes the trail of a scholar dealer, who entices wealthy dad and mom into getting a seat for his or her kids at medical schools. Kanal quickly fosters a bond with classmate Nazir (DG Gunanithi), who then collectively tackle the system with irreverence, incomes fast bucks and fast hassle alongside the way in which.

And the chief of the racketeering pack is Ravi Varma, a former scholar of the faculty, performed menacingly by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Like Kanal, Ravi, too has his personal set of enemies ready to crumble his system—this contains the administration chairman’s son-in-law, who’s vying to dethrone the henchman.

The movie’s motion moments are crammed with a way of sleekness due to editor S Elayaraja. The bounce cuts add to the narrative type, typically conserving audiences on the fringe of their seat. Mathi Maran, a former affiliate of Vetri Maaran, is keen on infusing uncooked motion moments into the movie, like Vetri Maaran himself. Whereas the actors dole out spectacular performances, the supporting forged, together with Vagai Chandrasekhar, stand out in emotional scenes.

Whereas the primary half of the movie flows easy, the second half does encounter just a few hits. As a lot because the movie tries to discover an unexplored subject, it generally falters to maintain up with the tempo it begins off with—that is obvious particularly within the climax, the place the much-awaited unfastened ends are tied up with rushed sequences.

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