ⓘ Master (2020 film)

                                     

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Master is an upcoming 2020 Indian Tamil-language action-thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, and produced by Xavier Britto, under the banner XB Film Creators. The film stars actors Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi playing the lead roles with an ensemble cast, featuring Malavika Mohanan, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah and Ramya Subramanian amongst others, play supporting roles. The music for the film is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, whilst cinematography and editing are handled by Sathyan Sooryan and Philomin Raj, respectively. The film will be released in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, and Malayalam languages.

                                     

1.1. Production Development

In August 2019, director Lokesh Kanagaraj tweeted that he would be working with Vijay in a film produced by Xavier Britto, Vijays cousin. Along with the news, he revealed some of the crew that will work on the film, with Anirudh Ravichander being approached as the music director and Silva for stunt choreography. Sathyan Sooryan and Philomin Raj were retained as the cinematographer and editor respectively for this film, after previously collaborated on directors Kaithi.

                                     

1.2. Production Casting

The cast additions included Malavika Mohanan, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Antony Varghese, with the latter making his Tamil debut. Varghese later opted out of the project, citing scheduling conflicts. He was later replaced by Arjun Das, who was a part of Lokeshs previous venture, Kaithi. Andrea Jeremiah also signed to be a part of the film.

                                     

1.3. Production Filming

Principal photography began with a traditional pooja ceremony on 3 October 2019. On 4 October 2019, director Rathna Kumar posted on Twitter that he was co-writing the screenplay for this project along with Lokesh. Pon Parthiban, who previously colloborated with Kanagaraj in Kaithi, was signed to co-write the screenplay with Kanagaraj and Kumar. The films shooting was wrapped up on 29 February 2020.

                                     

2. Music

The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, whom is collaborating with Vijay for the second time after Kaththi 2014, and the first collaboration with director Lokesh Kanagaraj. Sony Music grabbed the films audio rights in August 2019. The soundtrack album features eight tracks, with lyrics written by Arunraja Kamaraj, Ka Balachander, Arivu, Vignesh Shivan and Vishnu Edavan. Composers Yuvan Shankar Raja and Santhosh Narayanan, also sung one song for this film, while the latter collaborates with Anirudh for the second time after Remo 2016, and the formers first collaboration with the composer.

The first single, "Kutti Story" written by Arunraja Kamaraj and sung by Vijay was released on 14 February 2020. The simple and catchy Tanglish lyrics have garnered huge responses from all over the world few days after the single was released. The films second single, named "Vaathi Coming", sung by Anirudh and Ka Balachander was released on 10 March 2020. The third single "Vaathi Raid", sung by Arivu was released on 14 March 2020. The films audio launch event was held on 15 March 2020, at The Leela Palace Hotel in Chennai, with a live telecast on Sun TV. The films cast and crew and other celebrities, attended the event, and was held with closed doors without fans and press due to the global coronavirus pandemic.



                                     

2.1. Music Tracklist

The album received positive reviews upon its release. Behindwoods rated the album 3.25 out of 5, stating "Master is for masses - Anirudhs music is full of mass appeal as can be expected for a Vijay biggie!" OnlyKollywood rated the album 3.75 out of 5, with a statement "Master brings a set of variant, stylish numbers in one bag, resulting in a splendid album that is hard to stay away from. There’s a great balance of motivation and elevation, and it has been meticulously strung together by Anirudh, who makes winning choices for the renditions. In an album that is almost devoid of love songs, built on a mass image and features a long list of tracks, Anirudh has succeeded in keeping our attention knit together and ultimately delivering what was promised as well. Though one may take some time to warm up to some of the songs, they are truly here to stay." Indiaglitz gave 3.75/5 and quoted "The culmination of good composition, lyrics and singers make the album remarkably entertaining and highly listenable." Moviecrow rated the album 3.5 out of 5, stating that "Anirudh easily delivered his best among his recent outings for the mass films with the vibrant soundtrack led by Vaathi Raid."

                                     

3. Marketing

The films first look poster was released on 31 December 2019, coinciding with New Years Eve. The films official title revealed in the picture and featuring actor Vijay staring at the camera with an intense look. The second look poster was released on Thai Pongal Day, 15 January 2020, featuring a picture of group of boys facing the other way with Vijay in the middle making a silencing gesture. The third look poster was released on 26 January 2020 coinciding with Indias Republic Day, featuring both actors Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi staring each other in an intense look. The first look posters for the Telugu and Kannada versions of the film were released on 13 March 2020. The posters were near identical to the Tamil first look poster, but also included Vijay with a cat shown from his behind.



                                     

4. Home media

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV Network, which secured the television rights in all languages, whereas the digital rights of the film were sold to Amazon Prime Video.

                                     

5. Controversies

On 5 February 2020, the Income Tax Department raided Vijays residence in Chennai and inquired about potential tax evasion, regarding his investment in immovable properties which he inherited from the production studio AGS Entertainment. Vijay was investigated when he was busy shooting for Master in Neyveli. Nearly ₹ 65 crore was seized by the officials from the AGS Entertainment producer Anbu Cheliyans residence. Later, the I-T department said that nothing significant was found during the raid and Vijay has paid all taxes. Member of the parliament Dayanidhi Maran accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party BJP of politically targeting Vijay through IT raids because he was critical of the BJP.

On 7 February 2020, members of the BJP protested in front of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation NLC where the shooting of Master was going on. The BJP members protested against the NLC administration for granting permission for the shoot. Although the film crew had obtained permission for the shoot, the members of the B.J.P. claimed that it is a highly secured area and its not a place for a movie shoot and also threatened to continue their protests if the shooting did not stop. Soon, Vijays fans started to arrive in numbers and protested against the party workers. The protesters and the fans left after intervention by the police.