Dass starts off well as the story is set in Tirunelveli against a College campus. Antony Dass (Jayam Ravi) is a middle class student who is also the captain of football team of his college. He has a soft corner for Rajeshwari (Renuka Menon) daughter of Annachi (Shanmugharajan) the owner of the college and is also a rich caste leader.
Rajeshwari too has a sneaking admiration for Dass though both don’t express it. Soon Annachi gets a sneaky feeling that Raji admires Dass and gets him dismissed from College. Meanwhile Raji’s cousin sister Puneeta falls in love with Dass’s best friend Guna, a lower caste guy and when Annachi comes to know about it, the lovers are burnt alive though Dass tries his best to save them.
A shattered Dass goes to Annachi’s house to seek revenge and in the process he runs away with Raji to Madurai. The lovers stay with Nasir (Krishna) with Annachi and his men close at their heels. With the help of a local minister (‘Pitamagan’ Mahadevan) and police officer (Fefsi Vijayan) Annachi tries to trace the lovers. How Ravi goes about it and decides to get married to Raji at any cost forms the rest of the story.
The first half of the film is racy but the second half peters out to a clichéd commercial potboiler like a group of terrorists planting a bomb, a Muslim wedding and a bunch of new characters thrown in to create a stage managed climax. The idea of director Babu Yogeswaran is to project Jayam Ravi as a super-hero who bashes up a dozen thugs single-handedly. He is a one-man army fighting against casteism and finally getting his girl.
Ravi is hundred percent convincing as an action hero. His performance is impressive and has improved on his dialogue delivery and voice. The plus point of Dass are the five well-choreographed action scenes by Rocky Rajesh especially the scene when Ravi dribbles with the football as the baddies chase him. Renuka Menon is good and has done her part well though her dancing has to improve. Vadivelu’s comedy evokes some laughter.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is soothing especially the Samy Kittay…” number. The Camera of Vijay.K.Chakravarthy has beautifully etched the rural landscape of Tirunelveli, Theni and Kutralam. On the downside, the film drags in the second half and is lengthy with a predictable climax and needs some trimming. But in spite of all this Dass is entertaining and engaging.
Verdict: Time Pass