The makers of the Maari promoted it as a 'Thara local' movie which implies that the film is actually catered for the masses. I thought it's a nice way to promote one's film to the target audience but only after watching the movie, got the real motto behind the 'Thara local' tag--it's actually a disclaimer for people who seek quality entertainment and the film is strictly for audiences who prefer watching mindless mass masalas.
Maari is a local rogue and passionate pigeon racer. There is an interesting gossip about Maari which says that as a teen, he murdered a lethal gangster. So naturally, general public and cops are afraid of Maari and to be precise, they never come in his way. But Sub Inspector Arjun (Vijay Yesudas) is an exception, he badly wants to arrest Maari but sadly there is no evidence.
To Arjun's luck, he uses Sridevi (Kajal) who hates the sarcastic behavior of Maari and co. Sridevi slowly makes Maari to fall in love and at one point of time, he reveals the truth about the murder attempt.
Now Maari gets arrested and we are shown that Arjun is actually a corrupted cop who works along with other ruffians to mint money. The rest of the film is a mere tale of the typical hero vs villain clash with minimum entertainment and maximum heroism.
As a performer, Dhanush steals the show with his splendid screen presence. The coolers, gold chains and colorful costumes exactly project him like a real local don. The actor performs with so much ease and it's a treat to watch his uninhibited performance.
Robo Shankar is actually the second hero of the film, his comic dialogues help the movie to move forward from the stagnant screenplay where almost all the scenes are predictable. Vijay Yesudas is a total misfit for Machiavellian role and he couldn't emote well for the powerful character given to him. Kajal Aggarwal comes as another good looking heroine in Tamil cinema who couldn't score not even in a single scene.
Director Balaji Mohan's idea of making a typical commercial movie is understandable but his story and screenplay are highly predictable hence the film will satisfy only people who like mindless masala films.