Reviewed by Madhukar KR
Planet Movies Rating: (3.5 out of 5)
Massu Engira Masilamani, previously known as Masss, is a 2015 Tamil supernatural comedy thriller film directed by Venkat Prabhu. Produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja under his newly formed studio Aadnah Arts, it features an ensemble cast including Suriya, Nayantara, Parthiban, Samuthirakani, Premgi Amaren and Praneetha Subhash. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the music and cinematography was handled by R. D. Rajasekhar. A Telugu dubbed version, titled Rakshasudu, was released in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The film was released worldwide on 29 May 2015 to positive reviews.
The story revolves around a conman called Masilamani aka Mass (Suriya) who is an orphan who grows up with his childhood buddy called JetLee under poor conditions. Suriya had earlier played a similar role in Movie Ayan with Tamannah but the similarities end there. Nayantara plays a nurse with whom Suriya falls in love with. As this is an out and out Suriya film there is not much scope for Nayantara’s performance in this film. There are no song sequences as well of Nayantara. There is one melodious romantic number between Suriya and Praneetha Subhash.
During a heist adventure Mass and Jet meet with an accident after which Suriya gains supernatural vision to see ghosts around him. Soon he realises that his friend Jet has actually now turned into a ghost after dying during the accident. The ghosts start to follow Suriya as they hope that he can help them with their unfulfilled last wish. He starts to take advantage of the ghosts by using them to scare the rich and pretending to be an exorcist he extracts money from the rich. He happens to meet a ghost who looks just like Suriya. Who is this ghost and how does Suriya fulfil the last wish of each of the ghosts forms the rest of the story.
There are many comic elements in the film as it is a comedy horror genre. The scene where Suriya discovers that he has supernatural power and when he discovers that his friend is actually a ghost have been well composed. The film is really about human emotions with father and son sentiment thrown in. There are many surprise elements in the film with interesting twists in the plot.
The songs are melodious and soulful which adds to the positives of the film. Praneetha Subhash from Sandalwood has got a better role in terms of scope for performance and a romantic song sequence thrown in. she looks gorgeous in romantic scenes with Suriya. Nayantara looks good but has not been utilised much in the film.
Suriya is in supreme form in this flick with some great dance moves which remind us of Micheal Jackson in Bad music album where he dances with the ghosts in the backdrop of a haunted place. There are many emotional scenes as well as action scenes to portray the supreme talent of superstar Suriya. We give a three thumbs up for this flick where Suriya shines brightly.