Actor Suriya wants a hit after not so great last movie Anjaan, and his attempt for one is “Massu Engira Maasilamani” (மாசு என்கிற மாசிலாமணி). It’s directed by Venkat Prabhu and Suriya is joined in the cast by Nayanthara, Pranitha Subhash, Premgi Amaren, Samuthirakani and Parthiban.
Massu is an orphan, along with his buddy Premgi earns their living by doing cheating acts impersonating as police and custom officials. For some relief there is a brief love episode with Nayanthara, I felt disappointed as there was no dedicated duet song with gorgeous Nayan. After one cheating episode Massu & Premgi get into an accident, rest is what happens due to the accident. To please every audience segment Director Venkat Prabhu has given a movie which is a potpourri of Action, Horror, Comedy & Drama genres. Suriya has done a double action, in one as a Srilankan Tamilian living in Quebec, Canada with Pranitha Subhash as his wife.
Premji has got a prominent role coming along with Suriya throughout the movie, Premji’s signature mannerisms in the climax fighting was enjoyable. After a long time we get to see R.Parthiban on screen who appears a corrupt Police Assistant Commissioner, he has done his given role well. There were few signs of highlight which were enjoyable like the one where Jai appears, the song sequence in which Suriya helps out various families – instead of telling each one’s flashback elaborately, each story is told in just few frames and we are able to figure out the rest. The comedy scenes reminded me of Jayaram and Vadivelu’s comedy track in Naina (2002) film.
None of the songs by Yuvan Shankar Raja were memorable, most of the lyrics felt like a prose reading from textbook. Why should the master villain in all Kollywood movie needs to be a Government Minister?. And yes, this movie too has a Tasmac Bar scene where Suriya and Premji go for drinking.
Overall, Massu is not going to be ground breaking film to Suriya but that itself is its big plus, it’s a good family entertainment. Massu is a mass market film.