Maasilamani is a Tamil film released in 2009, distributed by Sun Pictures. It stars Nakul, Sunaina, Pavan, Santhanam, Srinath, Karunas, M. S. Baskar, Delhi Ganesh, and others. The film is a tribute to yesteryear movies, as it follows an old kind of plot.
Masi (Nakul) is an orphan living in a lower middle class colony. With a heart of gold, he is a popular guy who takes up local issues, fights for them and is considered as a rowdy by those who don’t know him. Enter the heroine Divya (Sunaina), a rich upper middle class girl who is a dance instructor and with whom Masi falls in love at the first sight. But Divya shows aversion to his rowdisam and gets offended with his proposal. Masi doesn’t loose heart and attempts to win Divya’s family by being a goody boy and dons another name, Mani. Except Divya, all are aware that both Mani and Masi is one person. Later when Divya finds out the truth, she gets into dilemma as whom she has to choose.
Bhoopathy (Pawan), the local corrupt Sub Inspector who is also behind Divya, is determined to flop the hero’s plans and seeks to uncover his disguise of Mani. He is always on look out to prove that Mani is none other than Masi, the rowdy. How Mani wins over Divya against all odds serves as the climax of the movie.
- Nakul as Maasilamani, the hero and well known do-gooder who falls in love with Divya.
- Sunaina as Divya, a beautiful dancer, who abhors Maasi's aggressive ways.
- Pavan as Bhupathi, a new police officer who wants to marry Divya but hates Maasi.
- Santhanam as Pazhani, one of Maasi's friends.
- Srinath as Kathir. one of Maasi's friends
The age old formula in Tamil cinema is given a new coat of paint with R.N.R Manohar’s Maasilamani. Don’t expect anything great, just sit back and watch the film as a mass masala entertainer meant strictly for a particular section of the audiences.
The film is plain silly at the same time funny in parts. It’s etched from various earlier films, and at times it looks like a sequel to the lead pair’s earlier film Kathalil Vizhunthen . The opening Nakul introduction song itself look similar to the famous Nakku Mukka…, even in picturisation and sets.
The wafer thin storyline is straightforward. Massi (Nakul) an orphan lives in a lower middle class colony, where everybody dotes on him. He is a mass hero who you see only in Tamil films- a popular guy in his colony who takes up local issues, fights for them, and has a heart of gold though those who don’t know him thinks he is a rowdy.
Massi falls in love at first sight with Divya (Sunaina), a rich upper middle class girl who is a dance instructor. She thinks that Massi is a rowdy and a creep and will not fall for him under any circumstances. Urged by his friends (Santhanam & Srinath) Massi becomes Mani, the soft spoken sophisticated guy with the clean look. He wins over her large family (Delhi Ganesh and others), due to his smooth talking and winning ways.
Though initially, Divya refuses to believe that he is Mani, a look alike of Massi the rowdy, soon he has her eating out of his hands. Enter Bhoopathy, the local corrupt Sub Inspector, with an eye on Divya and a determination to prove that Mani is none other than Massi, the rowdy. All this leads to a twist in the tale climax.
The film has all mass elements like larger than life hero, his introductory song, duets in foreign locations, sentiments, comedy and a predictable action scene inside a go-down. The comedy track of MS Bhaskar and Karunas where they pay tribute to all larger than life Tamil superstars and mass films is hilarious. D.Imman, after a long time has come out with some peppy music with Dora, Dora… being the pick of the lot.
Nakul is a fine dancer but has a long way to go to become a mass hero, while Sunaina proves she has it in her to make it big with a performance where grace and maturity are the keywords. On the downside, the film moves at a leisurely pace in the first half devoted mostly to songs and comedy tracks. The second half the film slowly picks up speed as the story unfolds leading to a thrilling climax.
Review by "Sify Movies - Movie Buzz"