Growing up in a small space, every little thing taught to me made me realise that what we do is what we get. In school, I learnt about some theories that really amused me. One amongst them was the “chaos theory” which is also known as the butterfly effect that talks about a hypothetical situation where a small event like the flap of a butterfly’s wing can cause a major disaster.
Although weird for normal film watching audience, this theory has inspired several movies which comes from science and its breakthroughs. Hollywood has already done it's bit of experimentation with this theory in “Blind Chance” and “Me Myself I”.
When it comes to Kollywood, the first movie that strikes my mind with respect to the Chaos theory has to be Ulaganayagan’s “Dasavathaaram”. Well he never failed to confuse the audience (I was in 4th grade when I watched this film and had no idea about what a natural disaster is!). Govindh’s (Kamal) voiceover tell us how the movie is about the butterfly effect with the visuals of a butterfly flying through every incident that happened after the tsunami. Like how people died and survived, telling us that the flapping of a butterfly and the earthquake under the sea is interconnected. The film is all about this connect and how the lives of 10 characters are interlinked to it.
Vikram Kumar's 24 is another film that brilliantly talks about the chaos theory. Watching this film in the theatres was an absolutely stunning experience. From the beginning of the movie when the eagle’s feather falls into the solution of Suriya’s experiment, the spark in the electricity, the acid falling on the floor to Mani (real time Surya) spitting the chewing gum are all interconnected to each other, further justifying the theory. These small scenes are placed for a duration of about a second or two which many of us fail to note. Which concludes that every single frame can cause a different situation.
Coming to Super Deluxe directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja, it was a totally new experience as our audiences were never exposed to issues considered as a taboo, with such honesty before. The 4 stories which take place in and around the same location are connected to each other. The whole butterfly effect and the final connect between all the characters is revealed in the climax and oh-so beautifully that one can't but feel satisfied.
The whole concept of this butterfly effect was alien to our industry long back but films like these have beautifully incorporated this theory into their storylines. Kudos to the directors and the crew for being able to pull it off while keeping it exciting for the audience.
- Kavi Swetha.S