Directed by: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Produced by: Xavier Britto
Screenplay by: Lokesh Kanagaraj, Rathna Kumar, Pon Parthiban
Story by: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Starring: Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi
Music by: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Edited by: Philomin Raj
Production company: XB Film Creators
Distributed by: Seven Screen Studios
Release date: 13 January 2021
Running time: 179 minutes (theatrical)
Budget: ₹135 crore
Vijay’s Master was supposed to release last year but due to lockdown, the film is out now during the Pongal festival. Read our review to find out if the film has any worth to live to all the hype created.
Bhavani(Vijay Sethupathi) is a crook who uses kids to do all the bad stuff in the city. He runs a gang from the kids’ jail and is aiming big in his political career. This is the time, JD(Vijay) is sent to the jail to set right the kids and bring them back on track. So, thus starts the tug of war between the hero and the villain, and who wins the war forms the main crux of Master.
Vijay is in his elements in Master. He has worked towards his body, looks, and is superb in all the action blocks. his fans will surely love his lean and mean avatar. He has given what his fans wanted and his scenes with Vijay Sethupathi are solid. Vijay Sethupathi reaches all the expectations of Bhavani. Barring his troubled dubbing, his role was amazing and he brings a fun element in his role as well. Malavika is subdued in the film and has nothing much to do. Shantanu and the other cast of Arjun Das do well in the film.
Master, from day one, was promoted as the fight between Vijay and Vijay Sethutapthi. But that is not at all the case and do not go in looking for that. The film starts off well, showcases the character of JD aka Vijay nicely. Things are forced into the film as it shifts to the correction center where the actual drama starts.
The villain is not at all visible in the film to the hero and for that, a man who is handling stuff in jail should have been strong. But that is not the case. The hero and villain hardly see each other and this is where the writing goes for a toss. Lokesh Kanagraj, who is known for his strong plots has taken things easy. In order to manage the big stars and their roles, he has left the storyline weak.
The build-up to the film is huge but the actual story only stars during the interval part. The second half works well when compared to the first and solid fights keep coming in. But the real emotion and drive-in story is missing. In a nutshell, Master is a film that one should watch for the star attraction and nothing else.