Some stories end on a tragic note. For the movie unit of Super Over, it was a day of mourning. Director Praveen Varma left everyone shell shocked when he met with a fatal road accident in October last year. A filmmaker’s dream snuffed out in prime. It was an emotional moment for the cast and crew during the press screening of Super Over at Prasad Labs recently.
“Well, it’s unfortunate for the industry to lose such young talent. It’s a personal loss for both his family and for us. We had worked together during the lockdown and after, discussing the idea, concept and executing it on-screen. The entire cast associated with him for over a month.He left us teary-eyed, abandoned the project only midway only to leave a trail of memories behind. Mustering courage to rework on it was a daunting task. We ensured that his vision and imagination of Super Over’s execution is intact throughout the end.
It was completed on time, under the budget, without making changes to the script. If there is any flaw in it, critics should blame me,” said Sudheer Varma, who took the complete responsibility of Super Over soon after Praveen’s death.
Super Over deals with three youngsters Kasi, Madhu and Vasu, played by actors Naveen Chandra, Chandini Chowdary and Rakendu Mouli respectively. Kasi, who is jobless has debts mounting on his head. His parents owe some Rs 40 lakh to a financier in his village.
His ancestral property is mortgaged due to non-payment. He notices something weird in his friend’s lifestyle (Bangaru Raju), who becomes rich overnight in cricket betting.
So, Kasi realises that he has an opportunity to earn big and quick bucks in sports betting. The only idea that he can change the tide in his way, he thought. His research and thorough understanding of the game get better, thus giving him the confidence to invest a safe bet of Rs 30,000, initially.
The one-and-a-half hour run time, Super Over has surely put up a decent effort keeping audiences glued to the screen till the end. Praveen’s narrative gives a clear picture of how the advent of the shorter format of cricket — Indian Premier League (IPL) led to the mushrooming of cricket punters in the Telugu States and Hyderabad as its hub.
Portrayal of issues such as officials’ attitude towards bookies paints a partly realistic picture of the thriving sports betting in the city. The screenplay and the performances of Ajay as Circle Inspector and Viva Harsha are highlights of the film.