It’s a role that fits him like a glove, and one which he has essayed innumerable times.
That of the upright cop who takes on criminal elements.
But, you’ve got to hand it to the action king.
For, though there is not much variation in etching of the roles, Arjun each time has returned with renewed enthusiasm and vigour to replay it.
In Maasi he plays an encounter specialist who tries to cleanse the system by breaking the underworld-policepolitician nexus.
A role which he performs with practised ease.
Only, this time it’s more about guns blazing than muscle flexing.
The plot is the usual one.
There are the two rival politicians and their survival games, and their nexus with two rival gangsters, the latter fighting for domination in Chennai.
Rawat and Ponnambalam, loud and flamboyant, play the typical gangsters.
Rawat holed up in Mumbai, does return much later to Chennai walking into the trap laid down for him.
Meanwhile Maasi with his juniors relentlessly pursue and gun down the criminals one by one.
Losing a loved one in the crossfire earlier had only added to his angst.
At one point Maasi finds himself discredited and packed to prison.
And then come the volte face, where he succumbing to pressure and the lucre, consents to help out the criminal elements in return for relief from the prison sentence.
But of course film buffs familiar with the scenario, have no problem guessing what the cop is up to.
Maasi has two women in his life.
Losing one in the earlier scene, he however has no qualms in romancing the second one who enters his life.
Considering that the two female leads are mere props in Maasi’s world, they could at least have been attractive ones.
Mayilsami’s antics as the two-wheeler thief who innocently asks the grim Maasi to start a stolen vehicle for him is mildly funny.
If the director has made an effort to bring in any variation here, it’s in the way the cop eliminates his tormentors.
There is less flexing of muscles and oneto- one fights here.
It’s more of shootouts, with guns blazing noisily as Maasi and gang stalk, pursue and gun down the baddies all over public places and roads.
At times we do get the feel of being transported to some lawless town in a wild wild western flick.
What goes for the film is Arjun’s screen presence, and the film’s speedy pace which doesn’t allow much time for mulling over flaws or loopholes.
‘Maasi’ is a film strictly for fans of the action king.