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Selfie Movie Review

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Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Selfie Movie Review : This gripping action drama explores college admission scams

At the centre of Mathi Maran’s debut film Selfie, is the burgeoning admission racket rampant in medical and engineering colleges in Chennai. The film deftly explains how swiftly a college seat is filled— cash flows like water from the hands of wealthy parents to commission stealing brokers, in turn to money funnelling institutes — all of this in a matter of a few minutes. Selfie, true to its theme, is as fast-paced as the transaction itself.

The film follows the life of GV Prakash Kumar’s village lad Kanal, who unwittingly joins a B-grade engineering college in the city. When he finds out that his dad (played by the excellent Vagai Chandrasekhar) went on to pay a hefty amount as “donation” to get him the seat, the liquor-swigging student is introduced to the underground world of the admission racket system in colleges. Soon after that, he takes the path of a student broker, who entices rich parents into getting a seat for their children at medical colleges. Kanal soon fosters a bond with classmate Nazir (DG Gunanithi), who then together take on the system with irreverence, earning quick bucks and quick trouble along the way.

And the leader of the racketeering pack is Ravi Varma, a former student of the college, played menacingly by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Like Kanal, Ravi, too has his own set of enemies waiting to crumble his system—this includes the management chairman’s son-in-law, who is vying to dethrone the henchman.

The film’s action moments are filled with a sense of sleekness thanks to editor S Elayaraja. The jump cuts add to the narrative style, often keeping audiences at the edge of their seat. Mathi Maran, a former associate of Vetri Maaran, is fond of infusing raw action moments into the film, like Vetri Maaran himself. While the actors dole out impressive performances, the supporting cast, including Vagai Chandrasekhar, stand out in emotional scenes.

While the first half of the film flows smooth, the second half does encounter a few hits. As much as the film tries to explore an unexplored topic, it sometimes falters to keep up with the pace it starts off with—this is apparent especially in the climax, where the much-awaited loose ends are tied up with rushed sequences.

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