CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 58 Min
Release Date: 13-01-2021
Banner: XB Film Creators
Cast: Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Andrea Jeremiah, Arjun Das, and others
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Editing: Philomin Raj
Producers: Xavier Britto
Written and Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraju
JD (Vijay) is an alcoholic professor who doesn’t care about his profession. Many of his colleagues don’t like him for this reason. When they get a chance, JD is transferred to a juvenile correction facility as a teacher. The carelessness of JD leads to a tragedy.
The following situations bring JD against Bhavani (Vijay Sethupathi). What happens next is the basic plot of the movie?
Vijay is terrific in his role as JD. It is filled with his usual swag. But, it comes with a difference. He plays a drunkard and adopts a unique body language for it. He is back to his natural self in the second half. He lights up the screen like always does. Many moments are designed to let him showcase different emotions. Vijay makes the best use of them.
Vijay Sethupathi playing the antagonist is excellent. Right from the first frame, he stamps his authority. His growth in confidence is mirrored with the character’s development as the movie progresses. It finally turns explosive when both the Vijay’s come together.
Malvika Mohanan playing the female lead is a lovely addition to the cast. She isn’t the typical heroine one expects in a biggie. She appears as par the requirement of the script. It is the same case with Andrea Jeremiah. She features prominently in an action block with Vijay.
Apart from them, Arjun Das has a crucial role, and he impresses towards the end. The rest of the actors have a limited presence, and they do parts as requires.
Vijay & Vijay Sethupathi
The movie feels a bit lengthy.
Lokesh Kanagaraj impressed the Telugu audience and movie lovers across South India big time with his film Khaidi. When a movie with Thalapathy Vijay was announced in his combo, it created a lot of buzzes.
Master is a worthy subject in the combination of Vijay and Lokesh Kanagaraj. The movie has a simple premise, but the way it is executed is where the difference lies.
Lokesh Kanagaraj perfectly marries his sensibilities with the stardom and charisma of Vijay. He created a screenplay such that both fans and movie lovers are equally engaged. Everyone gets something to root.
The first half is a delight in this aspect where we get to see a different side to Vijay. Simultaneously, the rise of Vijay Sethupathi as a don is extraordinary. Both give an adrenaline rush to the viewers. A massive tension slowly builds to see them come together and clash.
Lokesh Kanagaraj successfully holds the audience’s attention taking the story forward without diluting the impact of either Vijay or Vijay Sethupathi. It increases length, but as they are filled with mass elements, there is no problem.
The climax is where the big payoff happens when Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi take on each other. It is a treat to watch on the big screen. It is like a superhero and supervillain going at each other as seen in comic book movies. In the end, Master delivers what it promised, a packed commercial entertainer with a difference.
The music and background score by Anirudh is extraordinary. The BGM especially is fantastic and raises the mass appeal of the content tremendously. The cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan is excellent. It gives a different hue and color to the proceedings than we regularly see in the biggies. The editing by Philomin Raj is neat. Some trimming would have sharpened the narrative, though.
The producer deserves appreciation for going ahead with the uncompromised vision of the director. It is a different backdrop for a top star.
Bottom-line: A Master-class In Mass Entertainment