Anand aka Bruce Lee [Jeeva], as friends call him is a martial arts specialist, who tries to make his passion as his profession, as he doesn’t want to do a regular salaried job. In the meantime he happens to see Shakthi [Pooja Hedge], daughter of a commissioner Gaurav [Nasser] and falls for her. Bruce Lee tries to impress Shakthi and her sister’s children with his martial art skills in the process he puts on mask, which brings trouble for him.
Intervening to this Anand come across Dragon [Narain] and his gang, who fights with formers master Chandru [Selvaa] and also involved in a mass robbery and murder cases in the city. Finally Lee aka Mask [Jeeva] decides to help police to catch the Dragon and his gang. Dragon who plans to take revenge on Lee and the commissioner, convenes a plan that eventually frames Lee as a robber and the attempter to kill Gaurav.
How will Bruce Lee manage to get out of this problem? How does he win his lady love Shakthi forms the crux.
Jeeva has given best performance as Anand aka Bruce Lee and his transition from a common man to a masked superhero is quite admirable. He is at his ease in action sequences which is utmost important for such films.
Hero turned antagonist Narain tried his best to play the baddie for Jeeva, but couldn’t show the utmost needed nastiness in his role through his.
Debutant Pooja has matched the role best, and looked glamorous. Nasser, Selva and Girish Karnad have done their roles best as ever they do.
Mysskin has narrated the plot well according to his script, which he tells is his childhood dream, but the screenplay is quite slow. Compared to earlier films of Mysskin, Mask is a different and unique attempt. Director’s idea to shoot most of the scenes in the night adds novelty but few of the scenes failed to justify logic.
Cinematography by Sathya is appealing and the martial art sequences are well captured. Tony Leungs should be given a tap for awe-inspiring stunts, which are one of the highlights of the movie. VFX scenes are good. K’s music fails to impress while the background score is fine. Gaugin’s editing is jerky and few unwanted scenes could have been trimmed in the second half. Dubbing could have been better. Production values are lavish.
Mysskin has well tried to narrate us the story of right v/s wrong through Bruce Lee’s perspective, but the narration is quite slow and the romantic track between the leads fails to connect to audiences. The dubbing for the Telugu version is not good.
The positives of Mask are well-choreographed action sequences and good technical values. First half entertains you a bit while the second half falls flat with neither entertainment nor racy or interesting screenplay. VFX scenes were good. Despite being technically strong, the script was superficial and lacks in emotional depth.
‘Mask’ does not offer enjoyable experiences like other superhero flicks.