Direction : Venkat Prabhu
Production : Studio Green
Starring : Suriya, Nayantara, Parthiban, Samuthirakani, Pranitha, Premgi Amaren
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography : R. D. Rajasekhar
Editing : Praveen K. L.
Horror-fantasy has been something a non-experimental in Tamil film industry and Venkat Prabhu really deserves the best appreciations for spearheading with it. The film Masssu Engira Maasilamani has been generating the right buzz from the time everything started rolling and nojw finally the big release happens today. The film stars Suriya in dual roles with a star-cast of Nayantara, Pranitha, Parthiepan, Samuthirakani, Premgi Amaran, Karunaas, Sriman and many others.
The film is about two friends Masss (Suriya) and Jettu (Premgi Amaran), the small time thugs looting the money from every side of the corner from Rich men stores. While things are happening their way, Masss irresistibly falls in love with a gorgeous girl (Nayantara). Eventually, he is urged by situations to help her out on a financial aid of 3.5lacs for getting her higher promotion. But sooner, both Masss and Jettu meet an accident and things turn to be unpredictably, surprisingly quite shocking indeed with twists and turns.
Venkat Prabhu is known for offering lots of surprises over his twists and turns in the screenplay. Apparently, he has worked the same way in his usual paradigms with some gripping moments. The first half proceeds in a jet-speed with lots of racy drama happening there and things get pepped up with the powering entry of other Suriya. Be his makeovers or the way he has been shot, he looks bewilderingly herculean. But sooner during the post-intermission sequences, there seems to be things getting slowed down. This is not merely because any unworthy scenes, but few characters, performed by great actors like Parthiepan and Samuthirakani get introduced during this time, where the crucial situations have already happened. If Venkat Prabhu had tried introducing them by initial moments of the film, then there wouldn’t have been any drop in momentum. The flashback sequences slightly have some stereotypical, but has the emotional depth conveyed everywhere. The climax is convincingly done and the characters coming together during the climax is very well dramatized.
Musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is good, but it’s ‘Piravi’ song that matches up to the best with emotional punch. In fact, it’s a song that melts our hearts unconditionally. The background score in many places has its best spell and cinematography by RD Rajashekar keeps the film lively. There is a different dimension of colours in scene to scene.
Suriya as mentioned earlier, the dual roles enacted by him are overwhelmingly extraordinary. Especially, his role as Eelam Tamilian top-notches his very own previous performances and you would go transfixed with his mind-boggling performance. Revealing more scenarios about his iconic performance would break the suspense, so it’s best that you catch over the screens. Nayantara and Pranitha don’t have much to perform here and they are rarely seen in the movie. Parthiepan is best with his scope that has a blend of humour indeed. Samuthirakani looks dangerously perfect. Premgi Amaran doesn’t appear for humour alone, but has some emotional encounters as well. Sriman is good and his comedy situations with Karunaas and Shanmugha Rajan are laughter riots.
1. Double avatar of Suriya
2. First half with racy moments
3. Humour and Twist in screenplay
4. RD Rajashekar cinematography
What doesn’t work?
1. Few sluggish moments in second half
2. Female characterisations are bleak.
3. Placement of songs except ‘Piravi’
Overall, Massu Engira Maasilamani arrives a stupendous treat of celebration for Suriya fans as his double avatar would surely enthrall them vividly. Although, there are some little sluggishness over the screenplay during second half, they remain to be a wholesome entertainer with fantasy and thrill elements.
Verdict : Suriya’s Sixer wins the match
Rating : 5.5/10
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