Critic Rating: 3 / 5
Aryan (Arun Vijay) is a young and honest officer in the Narcotics Control Bureau. He joins the department after his brother, a drug addict, goes missing.
A narcotics operation takes place and a few drug users are nabbed. However, Aryan’s boss and his neighbour (Thalaivasal Vijay), who is also an activist, get killed.
But the latter leaves behind some clues, which lead Aryan to businessman Divakar (Prasanna), who is the head of the drug supply syndicate in Tamil Nadu.
The cat and mouse game between the two starts. And, at a time when Aryan nears Divakar, the former comes to know that the latter is just a tip of a mighty iceberg.
Though Mafia is actually the third film of Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru fame Karthick Naren, it is technically his second release, as Naragasooran is still lying in the cans.
As the title suggests, Mafia is about the underworld and its drug dealing operations. Karthick has packed the script with glossiness and brought the words alive on screen.
However, he has missed it out on characterisation and strong screenplay. But the second half is far better than the first half and the climax deserves special mention. It makes wait for the second half.
Performance wise, Arun Vijay and Prasanna have both competed with and complemented each other. Priya Bhavani Shankar appears as Arun Vijay’s colleague and has nothing much to do.
Stunt choreography, cinematography and music add to the glossiness of Mafia, bankrolled by Lyca Productions. But the real hero is the editor, as the film runs for just 112 minutes.
Mafia: Don & Den