Director Karthick Naren who made the Tamil film industry turn towards him with his debut film D16, returns with a stylish gangster film Mafia. Aryan ( Arun vijay) is a lead investigating office in the Narcotics Bureau who is hunting down a major drug cartel who is supplying to the city. Though they are able to track the drugs on the streets, they are not able to reach the main source which is coming into the city. When his superior dies and social activist die mysteriously Aryan and team begin to look for clues left behind by them which takes them to a Diwakar ( Prassana) a entrepreneur to the outside world but head of the major drug cartel. How Aryan takes down the shrewd Diwakar is the rest of the story.
The story is laid down simple by Karthick , but the way he presents it to the audience has its advantage and disadvantages. The stylization of the characters, the way they are portrayed and the presentation is top notch. But the same importance is not given to the screenplay as it’s very slow (even more dragging as majority of shots are in hi-speed). Character intro takes quiet a lot of time, though he movie only clocks 112mins, seems very dragging due to this presentation. Arun Vijay and Prassana are to their best and score in their screen presence. Though the second half has more to offer it is pushed towards the end, and by that time the audience are half asleep. Mafia gets 4/10 purely for presentation.