Mugamoodi English The Mask is a 2012 Indian Tamil superhero film, written and directed by Mysskin that features Jiiva, Pooja Hegde and Narain in lead roles. It is the first Tamil superhero movie. The film was declared an Average grosser by the Box Office, grossing around Rs 55 crores on a budget of Rscrores, with additional revenues from music and TV sales. The film is about a man who cannot tolerate injustice and corruption and hence turns into a vigilante to fight against it for a better society. This film was dedicated to Bruce Lee. With mixed critical response the film was released onAugust 2012, along with its dubbed Telugu version titled Mask. It has also been dubbed in Hindi as Mahabali Ek Super Hero.
In September 2008, UTV Motion Pictures agreed to produce Myshkins script, Mugamoodi Mask, and subsequently signed on leading actor Suriya to play the role of the protagonist. Preproduction work for the film began in late 2008, with the film also being referred to by the media as Agni Puthran. The film was reported to be made at a cost of 450million with A. R. Rahman as music composer and Surya portraying a Karate fighter in the film. However, in July 2009, Surya opted out and unsuccessful discussions were held with Vishal to replace him, forcing Myshkin to stall the project. As the project remained dormant, Myshkin temporarily shelved the project and moved on to script a horror film.In October 2010, Arya signed on for the film with N. Linguswamys Thirupathi Brothers production house replacing UTV as producers. However within months Arya had pulled out as had Linguswamy. In June 2011, a new Mumbai based company had taken the production reins whilst Jiiva, after the commercial success of his political thriller Ko, had signed on to portray the lead role. Later that month, it was announced that Narain, who had worked with Myshkin in both Chithiram Pesuthadi and Anjathe, would portray the role of the lead antagonist with reports suggesting that the role would be reminiscent of The Joker from the 2008 English film, The Dark Knight, Narain claimed that that his villainy in the film would be totally brutal. His character in the movie has no shades and is absolutely negative. In early July 2011, sources reported that Amala Paul had been signed up to portray the lead female character in the film, which the actress dismissed, with Dhananjayan of UTV also confirming that Amala was not approached for the role. Pooja Hegde, second runner up of the 2011 Miss Universe India beauty pageant was eventually finalized as the female lead. K, who had scored for Mysskins Yuddham Sei 2010 previously, was selected as the film composer