Massu Engira Masilamani

Massu Engira Masilamani (transl. Masilamani alias Mass),[5] also known by its former title Masss, is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language horror-comedy[6] film directed by Venkat Prabhu.[7] The film was produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja under his Studio Green banner alongside his then-newly formed studio Aadnah Arts,[8] and was distributed by Eros International and Dream factory. The film features an ensemble cast including Suriya, Nayantara, Parthiban, Samuthirakani, Premji and Pranitha Subhash in prominent roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film's soundtrack and score, whereas cinematography and editing were handled by R. D. Rajasekhar and Praveen K. L. respectively.[9]

Massu Engira Masilamani
Masss Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVenkat Prabhu
Produced bySuriya Sivakumar
K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Written byVenkat Prabhu
Madhan Karky
(Dialogue)
Screenplay byVenkat Prabhu
Story byVenkat Prabhu
StarringSuriya
Nayantara
Premji
Pranitha Subhash
Parthiban
Samuthirakani
Riyaz Khan
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja[1]
CinematographyR. D. Rajasekhar
Sakthi Saravanan (1 song)[1]
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Production
company
Distributed byEros International
Studio Green
2D Entertainment
Dream Factory[2]
Release date
  • 29 May 2015 (2015-05-29)
[3]
Running time
152 minutes[3]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget550 million[4]
Box officeest. 790 million[4]

The film was launched in April 2014, and the principal photography was commenced in July 2014 and completed in April 2015. Filming took place in various locations of India and Bulgaria. The film's title Masss, was announced in July 2014, however in order to receive exemption from entertainment tax, the film's title was changed to Massu Engira Masilamani.[5] The core plot of the movie is based on the 1996 movie The Frighteners and 2010 Korean movie Hello Ghost.

The film was released worldwide on 29 May 2015. A Telugu dubbed version, titled Rakshasudu, was released simultaneously in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[10] It is remade into Bengali as Naqaab.

PlotEdit

Former Police Commissioner, Shanmuga Sundaram, is murdered by an escaped prisoner named Kamal Ekambaram. The story then shifts to Massu and his friend Jettu who are small-time con artists. Massu meets Manini, a nurse, and they subsequently fall in love. While trying to escape after a heist gone wrong, Massu and Jettu meet with a car accident, post which Massu starts seeing dead people, with whom he can communicate. Jettu had died in the accident and is now a ghost, too. Massu forms a group of loitering ghosts to earn money by performing fake exorcisms and extorting money from scared, rich people, while promising the ghosts that he would fulfill their last wishes in return. Meanwhile, Manini, who thought Massu was working in a finance company, gets to know about the fake exorcisms and leaves him in a heist.

One day, Massu meets a ghost called Shakthivel, a Sri Lankan Tamil and lookalike of Massu. Shakthi initially seems to help Massu to pull off a large heist. However, he wants to use Massu for his own needs. He sabotages the plan and tricks Massu into running over Anthony Xavier, a hawala broker. Corrupt Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vikram Lakshman takes charge to investigate the case and finds out that Massu is somehow involved in the murder. Meanwhile, the ghosts start striking against Massu as they assume that he would cheat them. Massu yells at them and orders them to go out. Just then, Shakthi arrives as the ghosts have called him. The ghosts go with Shakthi, but Jettu manages to convince Massu, and he agrees to fulfill the wishes of the ghosts. He starts fulfilling the wishes of all the ghosts. He first fulfills the wish of the ghost of a woman named Padma which is to see her son, who is blind. Massu is frustrated to learn that he is accidentally responsible for Padma's death. As a sort of seeking forgiveness, he guides her son, takes care of him, and gets his eyes operated upon. Her wish fulfilled, Padma attains salvation. This incident moves Massu, and he fulfills the wish of every ghost. Meanwhile, Shakthi manages to use Massu to kill another person, Madhi, an Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and associate of Anthony. While Massu is furious with Shakthi for having made him a double murderer, Kamal meets Massu and starts telling him Shakthi's past: Massu is Shakthi's son.

Shakthi was a police officer in Quebec City, Canada. He married Anu, who is a teacher of his daughter Megha's school, just for Megha's wish. Shakthi secretly learns that Anu really loves and takes care of Megha. Anu and Shakthi fall in love, and Anu gives birth to a son, Massu. Anu owned land in India, which she wanted to donate to an orphanage so that a new orphanage could be built there. Kamal was the only friend of Anu in India and agreed to help with the registration. Sakthi and Anu, along with Megha and infant Massu, came to India to complete the registration but got to know that industrialists Radha Krishnan alias R. K. and Anthony forged documents and planned to take the land away to construct flats there. Since Shakthi remained undeterred and did not give way, R. K., Anthony, and their henchman Madhi and Sundaram killed Shakthi, Anu, and Megha and pinned the murders on Kamal. Massu had escaped because Megha had left him safe in a small house with a family nearby.

Shakthi, through Massu, wanted to kill all the people who were responsible for his family's demise. Knowing the truth, Massu decides to kill the last person, R. K., himself. R. K. knows who Massu is and tries to kill him, but Kamal saves Massu. However, because he was hit on the head by R. K., he loses the ability to see and converse with the spirits any more. With the help of Vikram, who double-crossed R. K., Massu finally kills R. K.. As Shakthi's last wish is fulfilled, he goes to heaven and joins with Anu and Megha. Manini now reunites with Massu, and they get married, while Jettu remains with Massu forever.

CastEdit

  • Suriya in a dual role as Masilamani "Massu", a criminal, and Shakthivel, an intelligence officer and Massu's father
  • Nayantara as Malini, a nurse, Massu's love interest who leaves him after discovering he was cheating people but later after knowing his good deeds reconciles with him
  • Pranitha Subhash as Anuradha Shakthi "Anu", Shakthi's wife, Massu's mother, and Megha's teacher and stepmother who dies saving Megha and Massu.
  • Premji as Jet Li "Jettu", Massu's best friend who dies in an accident and becomes a ghost
  • Parthiban as ACP Vikram Lakshman lPS , a corrupt police officer from Sembikkarai who investigates the case and double-crosses R. K.
  • Riyaz Khan as Kamal Ekambaram, Anu's family friend and an escaped prisoner who tells Shakthi's past to Massu
  • Samuthirakani as Radha Krishnan "R. K.", a real estate owner and the main antagonist who, along with his accomplices, kills Shakthi, Anu, and Megha
  • Sharath Lohitashwa as Anthony Xavier, R. K.'s partner and a hawala broker
  • Charles Vinoth as MLA Madhivadhanan "Madhi", R. K. and Anthony's henchman
  • Subbu Panchu as Police Commissioner Shanmuga Sundaram, R. K. and Anthony's henchman who gets murdered by Kamal
  • Jayaprakash as Kothandaram Reddy
  • Aravind Akash as Anthony's henchman
  • Yuvina Parthavi as Megha, Shakthi's daughter
  • Karunas as Azhagu (ghost)
  • Sriman as Salesman Sripathy (ghost)
  • Rethika Srinivas as Padma (ghost)
  • Jasper as Chinna (ghost)
  • Rajendran as a ghost
  • Sanjay Bharathi as a ghost
  • Daniel Annie Pope as a ghost
  • Shanmugasundaram as a ghost
  • V. Gnanavel as a ghost
  • Susheela Neethi as a ghost
  • Vidyullekha Raman as Julie, Malini's friend
  • Brahmanandam as Dr. Gnanaprakasham, Hospital Dean
  • Madhusudhan Rao as Reddy
  • Sonia as Gnanaprakasham's wife
  • Manobala as Arnold
  • Stunt Silva as Prince, Reddy's henchman
  • Prinz Nithik as Mahesh, Madhi's henchman
  • Ramya Subramanian as Reporter
  • Badava Gopi as Registrar
  • Ramya Ramakrishnan as Ramya
  • Vikramadithyan as Siddhar
  • Srilekha Rajendran as Orphanage Caretaker

Cameo appearancesEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In early December 2013, Sify reported that Venkat Prabhu's next film after Biriyani (2013) would feature Suriya as the male lead and would also be produced by the actor himself under his newly launched company 2D Entertainment.[11] Three days later the project was confirmed by the director, who however clarified that Studio Green would co-produce it along with 2D Entertainment.[11] Subsequently, lyricist Madhan Karky was signed to write the dialogues for the film.[9] As with Prabhu's earlier films, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja[12] and editor Praveen K. L. were added to the technical crew, while R. D. Rajasekhar was signed as the cinematographer, replacing Prabhu's usual cinematographer Sakthi Saravanan.[13] The film was touted to be the first Tamil film to be shot in 3D from the beginning,[14] but Venkat Prabhu later informed that it was not true.[15] It was reported to be a horror comedy,[16][17][18] while Venkat Prabhu stated that he was "trying something new" and that he could not reveal the genre.[19] The film was rumoured to be titled as Poochandi,[20] however Venkat Prabhu announced on 5 July 2014 via Twitter and Facebook that it had been titled Masss.[21] On 25 May 2015, the film was renamed with a Tamil title Massu Engira Masilamani, to be exempted from the State Government's thirty percentage entertainment tax.[5]

CastingEdit

Reports in January 2014 indicated that Suriya would be playing a dual role in the film.[22] Further more, he was said to be given two different looks, one of them having him sport long hair.[23][24] After completing the film, Suriya stated that he had played two characters, Masilamani, a conman, and Shakti.[25] Venkat Prabhu went on to add that Shakti was a Sri Lankan Tamil.[26] Nayantara was signed to play one of the female leads along with Amy Jackson,[27] while the director's brother Premji was given a significant supporting role as in all of Prabhu's films.[28] Mohan was reported to be playing the villain,[29] but the director stated that Mohan was not approached for any role in the film.[30] Actor-director R. Parthiepan informed that he had "a special character to essay in Masss, a very significant one".[31] In August 2014, the Times of India reported that Jayaram, who had worked with Venkat Prabhu in Saroja (2008), had been added to the cast and would be playing a prominent role, however, he was replaced by Parthiban.[32] Actors Sriman,[33] Karunas and Daniel Annie Pope of Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara (2013) fame were reported to be playing the roles of spirits in the film.[34] On 10 August 2014, actress Vidyullekha Raman informed that she would be a part of the project.[35] The next day, actor-director Samuthirakani was announced to be part of the project.[36] Sanjay Bharathi was given a supporting role and participated in the Hyderabad schedule.[37]

In November 2014, Amy Jackson opted out of the project,[38] explaining that the makers had changed her character and the script, which would have resulted in her shooting only for half the number of days than she was initially committed to.[39] She was replaced by Pranitha Subhash who joined the film's cast later the month.[40] In October 2014, Riyaz Khan was named to be a part of the film, and was said to be playing "a very important role with a unique characterization".[41] Prinz stated that he played one of the villains in Masss and that he would appear for a short duration but share screen space with Suriya.[42]

FilmingEdit

The film was officially launched with a puja ceremony on 14 April 2014, coinciding with Tamil New Year.[43] Principal photography was reported to start from 11 July 2014,[44] but commenced three days earlier in Chennai.[45] The first schedule was shot in a house on the ECR stretch for 15 days.[34][46] The crew with Suriya and Nayantara shot some scenes at a hospital in Chennai.[23] The first and second schedules of the film were completed by early September 2014.[47] The team reportedly continued filming in Ooty, Kerala and Kullu-Manali in North India.[48] Forty per cent of the filming was completed by the end of September 2014.[49] In November 2014, the first song was filmed, which was choreographed by Ajay Raaj.[50] By early December, the team shot crucial portions including a duet song sequence involving Suriya and Pranitha in Bulgaria.[51][52] Following the schedule in Bulgaria, filming continued in Puducherry by January 2015.[53] The makers shot few scenes in Tuticorin in February 2015.[54] A crucial ten-day schedule was filmed on 11 February 2015, at the Krishnapatnam Port in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.[55] In March 2015, the team headed to Bangalore to shoot some important scenes for 14 days.[56][57] Later the team headed to Chennai on mid-March to choreograph a song sequence.[58] On 23 March 2015, Suriya started dubbing for the film.[59] After the shooting of the song sequences, Suriya wrapped up shooting for his portions on 5 April 2015, with sources revealed that a few patchwork scenes of Samuthirakani and R. Parthiban needed to be canned.[60] Later, the makers completed the film's principal photography on 20 April 2015.[61]

MusicEdit

Masss
Soundtrack album by
Released8 May 2015
Recorded2015
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length32:10
LanguageTamil
LabelEros Music
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Idam Porul Yaeval
(2014)
Masss
(2015)
Yatchan
(2015)
External audio
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's soundtrack album features seven tracks composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, with two instrumentals and a remix done by Premgi Amaren. The lyrics for the songs were written by Gangai Amaran, Madhan Karky and Viveka. Yuvan Shankar Raja began working on the film's music in August 2014 and stated that the soundtrack would be "completely wacky".[62] In November 2014, Tanvi Shah had recorded a song for the soundtrack,[63] which was however, not featured in the album. At an award function later that month, the composer told that he was working on a special track that would be a tribute to Michael Jackson and be on the lines of Jackson's "Thriller", later revealed to be "Poochandi".[64][65]

In March 2015, Sify reported that Yuvan Shankar Raja was no longer part of the project and that he had been replaced by S. Thaman as the film's composer, who will also hold for the film's background score.[66] Venkat Prabhu denied the news,[67] and Yuvan Shankar Raja later clarified that, because of time constraints, he composed a tune and gave it to Thaman to work on the orchestration part only, since the team needed to finish the shoot quickly.[68] He also confirmed that he will compose the film's background score.[69]

The film's soundtrack was initially scheduled to be released in April 2015.[70] Yuvan Shankar Raja submitted the master copy of the album on 24 April 2015.[71] in which the makers unveiled the audio release date as 8 May 2015.[72][73] The album was released through online in all streaming platforms, without hosting any audio launch.[74] The songs were aired live through FM stations, on the day of the launch.[75]

Thaman had remixed the tune of the song "Gandi Baat" from the Hindi film R... Rajkumar (2013), which was titled as "Sema Masss" in Tamil and "Super Masss" in Telugu.[76] The song was included in the film's Telugu version, but not featured in the Tamil album altogether. However, it was separately and officially uploaded in YouTube, and also as a bonus track, after the film's release.[77][78]

Tamil version

Masss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Therikkudhu Masss"Madhan KarkyYuvan Shankar RajaShankar Mahadevan, Ranjith, Yuvan Shankar Raja04:43
2."Naan Aval Illai"Madhan KarkyYuvan Shankar RajaChinmayi, Karthik04:36
3."Poochandi"Gangai AmaranYuvan Shankar RajaYuvan Shankar Raja, Pooja Vaidyanath04:55
4."Con Man Theme"Yuvan Shankar RajaInstrumental02:23
5."Piravi"Madhan KarkyYuvan Shankar RajaVaikom Vijayalakshmi04:37
6."Masss Theme"Yuvan Shankar RajaInstrumental02:02
7."Sema Masss" (Additional Track)VivekaS. ThamanM. M. Manasi, Nivas03:28
8."Therikkudhu Masss" (Gasa Gasa Mix)Madhan KarkyYuvan Shankar Raja, Remixed by Premgi AmarenShankar Mahadevan, Ranjith, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Premgi Amaren05:51

Telugu version

Rakshasudu
Soundtrack album by
Released14 May 2015
Recorded2015
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length29:06
LanguageTelugu
LabelEros Music
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
External audio
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack for the Telugu version of the film titled as Rakshasudu, was released on 14 May 2015.[79] The launch was coincided with a grand event held at Hyderabad, with Nagarjuna, S. S. Rajamouli and Prabhas attending the event as chief guests.[79] The additional track of the film "Sema Masss", in Telugu titled as "Super Masss", composed by S. Thaman, was included in the film's soundtrack album.

Rakshasudu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Masss"Ramajogayya SastryYuvan Shankar RajaKarthik, Sooraj Santosh04:43
2."Nee Needavutha"VennelakantiYuvan Shankar RajaKarthik, Chinmayi04:36
3."Boochi Boochai"Rakendu MouliYuvan Shankar RajaRakendu Mouli, Pooja Vaidyanath04:58
4."Jananam Nichi"VennelakantiYuvan Shankar RajaMalathy Lakshman04:37
5."Masss" (Remix)Ramajogayya SastryYuvan Shankar Raja, Remixed by Premgi AmarenKarthik, Sooraj Santosh, Premji Amaren05:51
6."Super Masss"Sri ManiS. ThamanM. M. Manasi, Nivas03:28
7."Masss Theme"Yuvan Shankar RajaInstrumental02:02
8."Con Man Theme"Yuvan Shankar RajaInstrumental02:23

Reception

The soundtrack received positive reviews from critics.[80] Behindwoods rated the soundtrack 3.25 out of 5 and said "The successful combination of Venkat Prabhu & Yuvan Shankar Raja strike again, this time with more experimentation and vivacity!"[81] Indiaglitz gave it 3 out of 5 and said, "To quote YSR, the album is 'completely wacky'. Promise of surprise element – check, tribute to Michael Jackson – check, high energy – check... This album is a reviving, soulful and definitely a chart-topper material".[82] Bollywoodlife gave the soundtrack 3 stars out of 5 stating "Yuvan's album has one or two standout numbers like Therikkudhu Masss and Piravi which will stay with you even after a while you are done listening. As for the rest, the songs are not so special or different that would make for an interesting album."[83] Milliblog commented "Masss is the weakest soundtrack among all Venkat Prabhu-Yuvan combos."[84] Moviecrow gave 2.75 out of 5 to the album and stated This album provides the right amount of coolness one would expect from a Yuvan Shankar Raja-Venkat Prabhu collaboration, but it just doesn't pull off the "awe" that these two have been providing all over the years. Not the powerhouse we wanted, but definitely the fun we needed."[85] Onlykollywood gave the album 3 out of 5 stating "In an attempt to churn out hit numbers with the central theme of the film intact, Yuvan comes up with a compelling album, packed with his trademark touches. Though it is far from his best, Masss is an eclectic mix of electronic music."[86]

ReleaseEdit

The film was initially scheduled to release in March 2015.[87] However the makers officially announced that the film would be released on 1 May 2015.[88] Later, the makers have postponed the release to avoid clash with Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain.[89] On mid-April 2015, the makers confirmed that the film would be released on 15 May 2015.[90] However, to avoid clash with Jyothika's 36 Vayadhinile, which was also produced by Suriya,[91] the makers pushed the release to 29 May 2015.[92] On 21 May 2015, the film received a U certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification.[93]

The film was released in around 1900 screens worldwide, including 425 screens in Tamil Nadu, 570 screens in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 143 screens in Kerala, 100 screens in Karnataka, 140 screens in North India and nearly 600 plus screens in overseas territories, thus becoming the biggest release in Suriya's career.[94][95]

MarketingEdit

The worldwide distribution rights of Masss were sold to Eros International for approximately 610 million (US$8.6 million).[96] Dream Factory, a subsidiary of Studio Green was confirmed to distribute the film in Tamil Nadu.[2] Sopnam Films bought the Kerala distribution rights for Masss as well as two other Studio Green productions, Komban and Darling.[97] The rights to Karnataka region were sold to distributor Srikanth.[98]

The first poster of Masss was released on 22 October 2014, coinciding with the Deepavali festival.[99] The official teaser was released on 25 April 2015 after midnight.[100] The teaser crossed 1 million views upon 24 hours of its release.[101]

Home mediaEdit

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV for 150 million (US$2.1 million).[96]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Behindwoods gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and said, "It has the expected Venkat Prabhu elements, the crowd-pleasing supernatural factors treated in a slightly different way and of course, Suriya in all his glory."[102] International Business Times also awarded the film 3.5 stars and said, "One thing obvious throughout the film is the effort taken by the director to make his movie watchable for audience [sic] of all age groups. It has romance, some spooky elements, comedy, witty one-liners, action, songs and dance."[103] Oneindia rated it 3 stars as well and wrote, "Thanks to Suriya's brilliant performance and Venkat Prabhu's intriguing story telling ability, Masss will surely be enjoyed by the masses albeit poor VFX hindering the quality of the movie."[104] Indiaglitz gave 3 stars out of 5 too and stated, "Venkat Prabhu has been stereotyped as the director who loves party hard movies, a bit of adult humor and all that, but in Masss he has steered clear of those elements and has given a wholesome family entertainer with an interesting storyline."[105] The Times of India also rated the film 3 out of 5 and added, "The film lacks the raciness of Biriyani or Mankatha, but there is enough inventiveness and joie de vivre to the scenes to keep us entertained."[106]Sify rated 3.5 out of 5 and described Massu Engira Masilamani as "a no-holds-barred entertainer with all the essential ingredients."[107] Rediff gave the film 3.5 stars on a scale of 5 and commented, "There is non-stop excitement, with all the characters in the film being on some kind of high, literally bursting with energy."[108] Deccan Chronicle rated the film 3.5 out of 5 as well, saying that "the film drives up to an intersection where one sign says horror and another, entertainment, and firmly decides on the latter while paying just a passing reference to the former."[109] The Economic Times also gave the film 3.5 stars and wrote, "The paranormal twist in Massu... is what keeps you interested but there are too many twists; some predictable and some good."[110] Writing for The Hindu, Baradwaj Rangan stated, "The idea behind the supernaturally themed Massu is terrific, even it feels like a mashup of many spirit-driven films...the thing with Venkat Prabhu's films these days...(is)...they're all ideas and no follow-through...It's only in the last hour or so that Massu begins to score."[111] Malini Mannath from The New Indian Express wrote, "Not very funny, not very scary, and not very original, Venkat Prabhu's attempt at crafting his first supernatural-comic-vendetta flick, turns out to be a disappointing and a boring affair...The director weaves in a hotchpotch of situations, the screenplay is sloppy and narration is jerky. The characters are one too many and the genuinely appreciative moments are few and far between."[112]

Box officeEdit

Masss collected 165 million on its first day in Tamil Nadu alone, where the collection of next two days were 4.90 crore and 75 crore taking its first weekend gross to 95 crore in Tamil Nadu and collected nearly 300 million in Kerala on its first weekend.[113] It collected 1 crore from Bangalore alone on its first day, the Telugu version Rakshasudu collected nearly 40 crore on its first two days in AP-Nizam centres.[114] The film grossed around ₹49 worldwide in its opening weekend,[115][116] including 180 million (US$2.5 million) net in Tamil Nadu alone with 18.4 million from Chennai alone.[117] From the overseas markets, it reportedly earned 160 million (US$2.2 million) in its first three days.[115] The film has grossed approximately 870 million (US$12 million) worldwide from both Tamil and Telugu versions in its lifetime, not adding the entertainment tax in India.[118]

Masss was listed as one of the top 10 highest grossing Tamil films of the year.[119]

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