Super Deluxe director Thiagarajan Kumararaja on bringing Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil aboard

Filmmaker Thiagarajan Kumararaja made heads turn with his stellar directorial debut Aaranya Kaandam, which went on to bag two National Awards, including one for him (Best First Film of a Director). Although the film was celebrated as a cult classic a few years after its release, it didn’t do well commercially when it saw the light of day in 2011. Anurag Kashyap celebrated Aaranya Kaandam, and a few other filmmakers rapturously raved about the film and Kumararaja as a promising upcoming talent.
It’s been nearly eight years since Aaranya Kaandam took movie buffs by surprise in theatres.

Kumararaja has now replicated the success with Super Deluxe, which features an all-star ensemble comprising Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil, Mysskin and Ramya Krishnan in lead roles. “After Aaranya Kaandam, I wrote a film. It turned out to be an expensive production. So, I kept it aside and penned another story, which again demanded a lavish budget. That’s when the idea of Super Deluxe originated. In fact, I had eight ideas in total and gave away one of the ideas to the indie film X: Past Is Present. The rest of the ideas are what make Super Deluxe,” said Kumararaja, adding that the long gap was not intentional at all

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