In December 2013, Venkat Prabhu announced that his next film after Biriyani (2013) would feature Suriya as the male lead which would be produced by 2D Entertainment and Studio Green. The film was officially launched with a pooja on 14 April 2014. Principal photography was reported to start from July 2014. Venkat Prabhu announced in July 2014 via Twitter and Facebook that the film has been titled as MASSS. In May 2015, the film was renamed with a Tamil title MASSU ENGIRA MASILAMANI, to be exempted from the State Government’s 30% entertainment tax. Nayantara was signed to play one of the female leads along with Amy Jackson, while the director’s brother Premgi Amaren, Actor-director R.Parthiepan and Samuthirakani were confirmed to be a part of the project. In November 2014, Amy Jackson opted out of the project and was replaced by Pranitha Subhash. The film’s teaser trailer which touted the film to be a horror thriller, created much hype among the audience. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film will be released in around 1900 screens worldwide, including 425 in Tamil Nadu, the largest release for a Suriya film. After ANJAAN – a box office diasater which was criticized heavily by the audience and critics, Suriya is in a pressure to prove him to the neutral audience. Has Venkat Prabhu delivered a good entertainer after the average BIRIYANI? Read on, to know!
Masilamani alias Mass (Surya) and Jet Li (Premji) are friends who do small-time forgeries. While trying to escape from a gangster whom Massu cheated earlier, Massu and Jet Li mets with an accident. The accident changes both their life in many ways with incredible happenings. What happens then forms the crux of the story.
After a small slip in his last flick BIRIYANI, Venkat Prabhu has come up with a decent entertainer. The film has everything that is routine in Venkat Prabhu’s films (including Hollywood references – say the scene where a lady is hit by a car and killed); for a change, no Partying or girls alone in this film of Venkat Prabhu. He has tried the genre HORROR for the first time, infact HORROR, FANTASY, REVENGE, DRAMA – all for the first time in one film! There are dull moments, however VP has been successful in delivering the final product that will be liked by the audience targeted.
The film started off so usually and the first 45 minutes was uninteresting, the film takes off after the entry of an important character. The interval block was impressive and the second half was the saviour of MASSU with enjoyable action & comedy and good emotions. Few dragging scenes in second half and the CG in some scenes were the minus. Scenes like where the Chief Doctor and his family are frightened by ghosts could have been much better, where the laughter quotient is very less. There are few usual, templated scenes in the second half, but those are presented in a likable format by Venkat Prabhu. There are logical lapses here and there; to enjoy this entertainer, you got to be ignorant to them.
Surya has proved once again that he can elevate a film to a different height with his screen presence, and that he can carry the whole film on his shoulder provided a good support from the director. Surya scores high in every other area, with nothing left to complain. Nayanthara and Pranitha has nothing much to perform or emote, but has got a good role as for a masala entertainer. After a very long time, Premgi Amaren is seen in a role that is relatable and delievring a performance that is likeable; his comedy portions are also enjoyable. Samuthira Kani, Jayaprakash, Karunas, Sriman and other supporting actors have done their part decently. The cameos by Jai and Vijay Vasanth are interesting, whereas Parthiban does an impressive job as like always. Technically, R.D.Rajasekhar’s cinematography and Yuvan’s background score has been the biggest plus point of the film. However, the songs are just average (the neat picturisation is what saves it!) Praveen.K.L’s cuts are sleek ensuring the flow is perfect all-through.
On the whole, MASSU is a VENKAT PRABHU brand Horror comedy film that has everything to satisfy a masala film lover. Venkat Prabhu hits a sixer with a usual story and interesting screenplay that has a perfect mix of sentiment, comedy, action and thrills. Despite several minuses, the film is thoroughly engaging and MASSU can be listed as one of the enjoyable entertainers of 2015.
VERDICT: Definitely, worth a watch. Summer recommendation for family and kids!
RATING – 3.5/5
Review by: Rahman
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