Massu Engira Masilamani review: Suriya impresses, rest predictable

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: May 30, 2015 11:29 IST

Director: Venkat Prabhu
Cast: Suriya, Nayanthara, Samuthirakani, Parthiban, Premigi Amaren
Rating: 1/5

Venkat Prabhu's Massu Engira Masilamani seems like a collage of several films. It begins like Neeraj Pandey's Special 26 with Suriya's Masilamani and his friend, Jet (Premigi Amaren), posing as vigilance officers and raiding a liquor shop selling the drink on Gandhi Jayanti. The two loot the money there and escape, before taking a ship to impersonate Coast Guard men to intercept a vessel at sea carrying smuggled goods and currency notes. With bags full of loot, the two are so deliriously happy that they burst in a song and dance, not one but two!

A little later, when their car crashes, Jet is killed and Masilamani survives, but acquires the extra-sensory perception to see ghosts. One of them is his own friend, Jet, and the other a carbon copy of Masilamani himself called Shakthi. Both help the living man -- much like the Patrick Swayze character in the 1990 American movie, Ghost (by Jerry Zucker), who helps his wife, essayed by Demi Moore.

Prabhu narrates the rest of his film through a series of extraordinarily illogical and utterly unbelievable incidents that include Masilamani's romance with Nayanthara (essaying a hospital staffer, Malini).

Tamil cinema has been talked about because of its ability to present novel themes, but Massu Engira Masilamani turns out to be a mishmash of movies that have been seen earlier. Suriya does appear plausible in some sequences, so does Nayanthara -- but given such a storyline and script, they struggle to keep the film afloat.

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