Critics Review


High On Swag And Technicalities!

Mafia might seem like a very usual story that we have witnessed numerous times in all languages of cinema. However, the factor that helps Mafia stay unique is the making and the treatment. The film starts off in a star hotel and this is followed by various events that have relevance only towards the climax. This non-linear screenplay has helped director Karthick Naren in D-16 and it does add value to Mafia as well. (more)

Source: Akash, MovieCrow


Mafia is an action flick that is majorly uplifted by the stylish treatment and a smart climax for the sequel.

Karthick Naren once again shows a lot of promise, like what we saw in his previous film. The film starts engaging you slowly as it progresses. If the energy of the climax sustains throughout the sequel, we might get a quality homegrown franchise.(more)

Source: Behindwoods Review Board,


The way the film ends makes us eagerly wait for the next chapter

As the title says, this is the first chapter of Mafia, and the way the film ends makes us eagerly wait for the next chapter, thanks to the fabulous twist in the climax, which is one reason why the latter half comes across as quite engaging. The former half doesn't offer much surprises and takes some time to elaborate the characters and set up. The presentation and narration, at times, remind you of web series format as you feel certain cinematic elements seem to be missing. The number of slow motion shots and spoon-feeding in some scenes could have been avoided. Mafia would appeal to fans of action movies, especially those which have stylish narcotics backdrop. All said and done, here's waiting for Mafia: Chapter 2.(more)

Source: Thinkal Menon, Times Of India


All style and no substance

Mafia sinks under the weight of too much attitude and lack of good script. The actors try hard but it's impossible to infuse life into such a mindless film. Watch it at your own risk! (more)

Source: Moviebuzz,


Arun Vijay's thriller is an uber-stylish film with a wafer-thin plot

On the whole Mafia: Chapter I is stylishly cut but has very little substance. But the climax has kindled the expectation meter for Chapter II. In fact, just for the seven minute climax surprise twist we are going with a higher rating than it would have deserved.(more)

Source: Sreedhar Pillai,


Karthick Naren's film is a smart, ultra-stylized gangster drama

Mafia makes for an exciting watch as it pits two genuinely good looking men (Arun Vijay and Prasanna), oozing with charisma and good fashion sense.(more)

Source: Haricharan Pudipeddi, Hindustan Times


Mafia: Chapter One is high on style and gunshots, but low on substance!

The execution part has been neatly handled by Karthick and team and the action sequences are well choreographed. (more)

Source: Galatta Review Panel,


A wonderfully ordinary movie with a great presentation

Karthick is a good filmmaker. He has the vision to execute ideas. But all he needs, at the moment, is a writer to collaborate.(more)

Source: Srivatsan , The Hindu


Arun Vijay and Prasanna film is high on style, low on substance

This is where Karthick Naren's inexperience creeps in. While we get that the film is all about the two main characters, the other characters need not really be so easily replaceable. Gokul Benoy's cinematography and Sreejith Sarang's editing are a huge plus, though. Karthick Naren's Mafia could have been a brilliant action thriller if only it had more redeemable moments featuring Arun Vijay and Prasanna.(more)

Source: Janani, India Today


An Indulgent Thriller Whose Sequel Will Perhaps Be More Engaging

Arun Vijay's Aaryan makes some progress by the end of the film, when a baffling revelation is made, sending him back to square one. That sets the stage for what looks like a promising second chapter.(more)

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Source: PRasanth, Prashanth