If you watch any movie on Netflix, ever, please, please, watch this.
((I know I’m late but))
Super Deluxe relates 4 converging stories:
1. Three teenage boys get involved with gangs while trying to rapidly collect money to replace a broken TV
2. A family struggles between faith and medicine as their son is dying
3. A couple rush to dispose of a dead body, in the middle of a marital dispute
4. A transgender woman returns to her family after 7 years to meet her son
The movie is comedy gold when it chooses to be, but it is also intense, honest, and at times extremely raw, tackling dark and often taboo themes head-on. Certain scenes left me uncomfortable and scared in a way I haven’t felt while watching a movie in years.
This movie explores so many themes that are deeply relevant to India today - and to the broader world, as well. It puts these dark subjects on display, without hiding, and yet the movie’s message is ultimately an uplifting one, not allowing itself to wallow in existential misery (which, in my opinion, is the easy way out).
Watch this movie. If for no other reason - try to understand how incredible it is to see a movie come out of India that sincerely and unflinchingly tackles the struggle of being a trans woman in my country, and has an uplifting message too.
And, I can guarantee you, if you watch this movie, this kid will steal your heart: