Genre: Action, Comedy
Release Date: 13th January, 2021
Cast: Joseph Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan
Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Producer/s: Xavier Britto
Master Box Office Review: Star Cast: Thalapathy Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das
Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Producer: Xavier Britto
Master Box Office Review: Expectations
South filmmakers and actors treat the masses very dearly. Not just they frequently make big-screen entertainers they treat them more like films and less as projects. That’s the reason, the industry is flourishing every year and is reaching pan-India.
The grand success of Baahubali and KGF has proved that the audience all over the country is ready to lap up big south films. And what could be the best time to test that?
It has been 10 months and a huge section of the audience hasn’t visited cinemas. While the cinemas were closed for 7 months due to lockdown, the audience refrained to go in past 3 months due to lack of big desi films. Solo Brathuke So Better & Krack did their job pretty well but these films released in South India only.
Now Thalapathy Vijay & Vijay Sethupathi starrer Master has released all over India and some other countries as well. The expectations are definitely big and there’s not one reason behind that. It’s true that the Hindi market has been more receptive for South content in the past few years, what makes Master really big is the presence of both Vijays in the film. And on top of that, it’s that mass entertainer for which people have been desperately looking forward to.
Master Box Office Review: Impact
During the pandemic, when most of the Bollywood filmmakers are scared to release their films in cinemas if a Tamil film in the non-dubbed version is making the cinema halls housefull in Chandigarh then you already know what kind of impact it has on the audience.
Just CBFC certificate of Master appears on the screen and the audience in the cinema hall starts screaming and hooting. It was something which I had never seen happening in a multiplex here. Not just students, people had come with their families to watch the film and before every action scene and dialogue, I could see them welcoming it with whole heart and enthusiasm.
Master is a celebration of cinema. The film brings two Vijays of South Industry together and proves to be a festival for those who worship big-screen entertainment. Watching one Vijay is already a wholesome experience and it’s indeed double bonanza for everyone. Everytime one of the two is on screen, it’s a moment of joy for the audience. And guess these moments are in abundance in the film and you just need to be prepared for a huge dose of entertainment.
All the action scenes and dialogues will make the cinematic fan go crazy inside you. Although being a Punjabi, I couldn’t understand even a single dialogue (subtitles were also unreadable), it was an emotional experience to see people enjoying so much. I was just happy to see them happy. LOL seriously!
But I definitely enjoyed all the action scenes, swag and performances of both Vijays and their epic face-off.
Master Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Master is here to revive the box office in India. Krack & Solo Brathunke So Better have already done it Down South and now Master will do it all over India. The film will be huge in the South and will do well in the rest of the parts too.
The Tamil, Telugu and other regional versions of the film will enjoy a 5-day extended weekend and Hindi version will have a 4-day weekend. The film has already taken a big start at the box office and it will be interesting to see if it can breach 50 crores mark by Sunday. After the weekend, the film will have to remain steady and since it’s a totally different and unpredictable time, nothing is certain about the audience behaviour.
As per estimates, the film should do a lifetime business of 75-100 crores all over India.
Master Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a Half Stars)
Star Cast: Thalapathy Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malvika Mohanan, Arjun Das, and ensemble
Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
What’s Good: Two biggest Vijays coming together and putting their best foot forward. The distinctive swag of the two gets equal limelight and what more does a fan crave for?
What’s Bad: While Vijay (Thalapathy) gets the maximum screentime, we fail to connect to his past life, thus diluting the purpose. There is predictability too.
Loo Break: Maybe 1 when the film gets a bit too predictable and make it fast, you might just miss a ‘paisa vasool’ action sequence.
Watch or Not?: I would suggest watch it. It has been ages since we have seen a home-grown masala entertainer on the big screen, 10 months for me. You have to treat yourself. Also Thala dances in here, I gave you one more reason.
A college professor JD (Vijay) is posted to a correctional facility that is doomed by the bad man Bhavani (Vijay Sethupathi). Events lead to JD knowing the grimy business run under the disguise of a reform home, and takes the reign to stop it.
Master Movie Review: Script Analysis
Lokesh Kanagaraj, one of the members of the new wave cinema, has chosen a story perfect to pull the audience back to the big screens. Though borderline staple, he unites masala with sensibility and gives it a perfect balance. Add two of the South cinema’s biggest stars, and Kanagaraj owns the best deal one could get.
In Master, he creates two different worlds, not just metaphorically but visually. Not that the storyline is something we haven’t really witnessed. What saves the day is the execution. To create an impact that stays with the audience, Kanagaraj first introduces his antagonist. A devil in human skin Bhavani, who has been a victim of torture in a foster home and makes that same thing his weapon. At the time when we as an audience and the people in the frame are confused who can save them, we meet JD. A professor or ‘master’ who has his way of schooling students. Thalapathy’s entry is a celebration in itself. About that later.
What does this do? First, it makes us root for the protagonist more than ever, since we have seen the monster of a human the antagonist is. Second, it gives both its characters the same footage regardless of the shade. Kanagaraj is clever when it comes to providing the two screen time. He keeps the track poles apart until the last cross over. A smart view when the weightage is high on both the sides.
There is action, emotion, dance and amazing dialogues, everything the respective fans of the two have signed up for. This a Vijay gala and you must learn how to whistle before you enter the cinema hall.
What Lokesh Kanagaraj’s writing does not do justice to is JD’s back story. He focuses too much on his college chronicles, that have too less an effect on the end product. There is no enough justification for why he is a drunkard, or what his real story is. The plot twist at times gets too predictable. A villain targeting near ones of the hero to break him is now done to death.
There is referencing to the hero’s past characters, and it adds a good layer. But there is also blatant messaging about addiction in a scene which gets preachy and drags you out of the complete experience.
Master Movie Review: Star Performance
This is a show of the Vijays and worth every single penny you spent for them. Both Sethupathi and Thalapathy are in the best zones. Starting with Thalapathy, he brings a breezy charm on screen. The way he dances, or punches the baddies, or even wipes his lips with the corner of his shirt, there is swag and an abundance of it. It is not new for a South hero to have all of the above, but Thalapathy for some reasons sells it with utmost skill here. His dance routines deserve an altogether different review. Is he giving classes?
What more can I say about Vijay Sethupathi that isn’t already said. The actor who definitely might have put a lot of effort in getting into the grey character, makes it look like a cake walk. His devil attitude, the gaze or just the movement of his hand reflect dominance and then he mouths those lines and you know why he is one of the greatest.
Talking about the supporting cast, Kanagaraj fails to write them as a whole. They are one tone people who don’t have anything other than the purpose they are introduced with. Shanthnu Bhagyaraj who I loved in Paava Kadhaigal recently, doesn’t really get much to do here. Not just him, the leading lady Malavika Mohanan also ends up being a vehicle to take the plot from one twist to another.
Arjun Das deserves a special mention here. In a nicely edged out part compared to others, he does justice to his role. Also a question if he reads this, is that voice for real? It is so powerful! I am looking out for an answer since Andhaghaaram.
Master Trailer Review: Ever since films like Baahubali, KGF & Saaho have exploded the Hindi market, the audience has become more open and receptive for South India’s regional cinema. The next Tamil film which is building up craze all over India is Thalapathy Vijay’s Master. After being pushed due to pandemic, the mass entertainer is finally releasing on Pongal 2021 and the makers have recently released its Hindi dubbed trailer.
The 1:30 min trailer of Vijay The Master is a celebration of Vijay’s swag. Fans of the superstar will go crazy after watching the trailer because every little action or movement by him oozes so much style and charm. Even when he is just opening a door, he looks killer and that’s where the trailer hits the first sixer. Every frame in which he is present is like an entry sequence.
The background music is so damn good and makes you excited in less than a second. Then the film promises a clash between two of Thalapathy Vijay & Vijay Sethupathi which is capable of giving the audience a high of another kind. The trailer captures the showdown pretty well and promises more in the film.
The action scenes and Hindi dialogues are a bit let down and that’s where the makers could’ve done well. But it’s just a trailer and I hope things are better in the film. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film also stars Malavika Mohanan, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Nassar and others.
Meanwhile, According to the CBFC website, the film is 2 hours 58 minutes long. It has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with a U/A certificate.
Upon release, the film is expected to bring the audience back to cinemas. A lot of single screens and small centres have shut down permanently due to pandemic and others are on the verge of shutting down. Master if will well be a sigh of relief for the ailing exhibition sector in India.
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