It's been a long time since Suriya played a role which has solid screen presence. Venkat Prabhu has made sure that die hard fans of Suriya should enjoy Masssu Engira Maasilamani and one can say that he has achieved it to an extent.
Massu aka Maasilamani (Suriya) is a small time con in the company of his close friend Jetli aka Jetu (Premgi Amaren). Massu falls in love with Manini (Nayanthara) who needs Rs 3.5 Lakhs to bribe her hospital doctor (Brahmanandam) so that she can become the head nurse. Massu promises her that he will get the required money.
Meanwhile, Massu and Jettu snatch a large amount of cash from a powerful don named Reddy. Trying to escape from the goons, their car overturns in a road accident. From that point onwards, Massu gets a supernatural power through which he sees a group of ghosts who want Massu to fulfill their wishes.
In turn Massu starts using them to deceive people who believe in paranormal activities and runs a successful business as a ghostbuster.
Everything goes fine, till Massu meets a ghost called Shakthi (another Suriya) who looks exactly like him. Now Shakthi deceives Massu to take revenge against people who killed him and his family. Who is Shakthi? Why he is using Massu to take revenge against his enemies? What’s the relationship between Massu and Shakthi? To know the answers, watch the film on the big screen.
Massu Engira Maasilamani is a no-holds barred entertainer with all essential ingredients. There are twists and turns galore. Suriya sporting a ponytail as the Sri Lankan Tamil living in Canada, is the highlight of the film. He comes in at the interval point and steals the show. Nayanthara has a brief romantic track with Maasilamani while Pranitha is Sakthi's pair in the flashback.
Venkat Prabhu has once again given his brother Premgi a meaty role as a friendly ghost. He simply rocks. Parthiepan who comes as a corrupt cop steals the show. The rest of the actors including Samuthirakani, Rajendran, and Karunas are adequate.
Technically, RD Rajasekar's cinematography is commendable and Yuvan Shankar Raja's background score acts as another hero in the film while Praveen KL's editing has helped the film to flow at a fast pace. The end-credits bloopers make you laugh.
Despite the above said positives, the film doesn't have a big story-line and is sluggish in the first half. Had the director spent more time on writing, Massu would have been a better entertainer but now it’s yet another mass masala film with feel good spooky elements and the powerful Shakthi as bonus points.
Verdict: Spooky entertainer