Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, “Game Over” is not a typical Bollywood venture as it transcends the regional barriers with its plot that’s akin to Hollywood home invasion dramas. It is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual thriller dubbed in Hindi that stars Taapsee Pannu, as Swapna, the protagonist dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD) and is set in Gurgaon, India.
Frankly, the location really doesn’t even matter as the film is mostly shot in a swanky bungalow and involves only two characters – Swapna and her caretaker Kalamma (played by Vinodhini), until the narrative switches gears and camouflages into an edge-of-the-seat thriller post intermission.
20 years ago, Ram Gopal Varma made “Kaun” that forayed into this territory of cinema and was deemed experimental. Saravanan’s effort is commendable here but it is sustainable only due to the compelling performance of Taapsee Pannu. The actor has an incredible range that salvages the film from getting derailed into occasional lapses. Vinodhini plays a perfect foil to her sinusoidal mood swings, a wave of calmness, and balance to the film’s tonality.