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Master
Master 2021 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLokesh Kanagaraj
Produced byS. Xavier Britto
Written byLokesh Kanagaraj
Dialogue by
Starring
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographySathyan Sooryan
Edited byPhilomin Raj
Production
company
XB Film Creators
Distributed bySeven Screen Studios
Release date
  • January 13, 2021 (2021-01-13) (India)
Running time
179 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget135 crore[1]
Box officeest. 250 crore–300 crore[2][3][4]

Master is a 2021 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film was produced by Xavier Britto, under his maiden production house XB Film Creators. The film stars Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, and Malavika Mohanan while Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj play supporting roles. It revolves around an alcoholic professor, J. D. (Vijay), who takes a three-month teaching job in a juvenile home, which is controlled by the nefarious Bhavani (Sethupathi).

Lokesh Kanagaraj narrated the script to Vijay in May 2019, and after his acceptance, the film was launched under in August 2019, whereas principal photography commenced in October 2019 and ended in February 2020. Filming took place at Delhi, Chennai and Karnataka. Originally launched under the tentative title Thalapathy 64, the official title Master was announced on 31 December 2019. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, while cinematography and editing are performed by Sathyan Sooryan and Philomin Raj respectively.

Master was initially planned for theatrical release on 9 April 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The makers preferred to wait for a theatrical release, rather than releasing it on any over-the-top media service. After being delayed for several months, the film was released in theatres on 13 January 2021, a day before Pongal. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who appreciated Vijay and Sethupathi's performance, characterisations, film's score and soundtrack, but criticised for its screenplay, narration and storyline.[5][6][3][4] It was the first Indian film to have occupied No 1 in the global box office at the time of release.[7]

Plot[edit]

In Nagercoil, 2002, teenager Bhavani witnesses his family get murdered by his father's rivals. He is forced to take the blame and is incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility, where he is tortured mercilessly. As a consequence, he develops a ruthless and brash persona. Years later, Bhavani escapes from the facility and becomes a criminal in the lorry and trade business. Gradually, he becomes a feared gangster, and remains immune from punishment by coercing the inmates of the detention facility to take the blame. Grooming an enormous empire for himself, he grows on par with his father's former rivals and eventually kills them.

In Chennai, 2019, John Durairaj "J.D." , a popular college lecturer beloved by his students for his student-friendly approach, is struggling with alcoholism and bitter dislike from fellow staff. Only Charu, a newly hired lecturer at his college, sympathizes with him. After he organizes a college election that goes awry, he is assigned to the juvenile detention facility for a three-month assignment. The staff tells him that he volunteered for the job, but he does not recall doing so. He reluctantly assumes his new position, and is warned by the prison authorities of the rampant drug abuse and violence there, but J.D. pays no heed.

The next day, J.D discovers that two young inmates, brothers Sabari and Manikandan, were murdered. He is interrogated by police. A grief-stricken Charu admonishes him for his reckless and negligent behaviour, revealing that she was the one who had signed him up for the job, believing him to be the only teacher capable of understanding the needs of the inmates. She reveals herself as an non-governmental organisation volunteer investigating the crimes occurring in the facility; the brothers had desperately contacted her for help. While in detention, J.D. discovers a letter written by the brothers to him, detailing the horrific activities taking place inside the centre. Heartbroken, he thrashes Bhavani's goons who had been dispatched to kill him and calls him, promising to end his reign of terror and crime. He redeems himself and quits his tryst with alcohol.

Now reformed, J.D. slowly gains control over the institution and begins to reform the inmates, with the help of Charu and the facility's authorities. His actions are opposed by Das, an older inmate responsible for the illegal drugs and alcohol. With the support of a young inmate, Undiyal, J.D. uncovers the various crimes and gets the inmates to record confessions. J.D. discovers that Bhavani regularly makes the inmates take the blame for his crimes. J.D. then records a video of the younger inmates including Undiyal, complaining against Das. Bhavani's goons target Charu and retrieves the video from her, sparing her only because of Undiyal's timely intervention.

Undiyal reveals that selected inmates of the facility are tattooed with the Tamil letter "Pa", a symbol that allows them unrestricted access to free food and drugs from Bhavani's associates. J.D. targets and raids the respective establishments and cuts off the drug supply to the detention facility, much to Bhavani's frustration. He also sneaks into Bhavani's place and warns Bhavani's men to stand down, threatening them of dire consequences (while unknowingly holding Bhavani himself at knifepoint).

Bhavani retaliates by killing some of J.D.'s colleagues and students. With J.D. distracted, Das drags most of the inmates out of the facility, including Undiyal, to transport them out of Tamil Nadu. J.D., with the help of his ex colleague Vaanathi, who teaches archery as a co curricular activity and an expert archer, manages to subdue Das' men and rescues the children. J.D. then confronts Das and makes him realize that Bhavani only intends to use the latter as a pawn for his crimes. Das reforms himself and transports J.D. to Bhavani's headquarters. Bhavani attempts to have J.D. and Das killed. The duo subdue Bhavani's men and fights him. He attempts to form a truce and escape, but J.D. overpowers and kills him. With the children safe, J.D. and Das surrender to the police.

The detention facility is shut down by the government, with the inmates being sent to other detention facilities and state prisons, on the basis of their age. J.D. and Das are imprisoned together. The duo want to reform the prison's inmates as well.

Cast[edit]

Director Lokesh Kanagaraj and co-writer Rathna Kumar make cameo appearances as prisoners during the end credits.[30]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In March 2019, sources claimed that after Bigil (2019), Vijay will be working with Mohan Raja's next film.[31] However, in May 2019, it was also announced that he will be working with Lokesh Kanagaraj for his 64th venture,[32] which will be produced by Xavier Britto. Britto who is a relative of Vijay, produced two films for the actor, Sendhoorapandi (1993) and Rasigan (1994), both directed by Vijay's father S. A. Chandrasekhar.[33] On 22 May 2019, it was reported that Vijay gave a call sheet for 120 days.[34] An official announcement was made on 24 August 2019, by producer Britto,[35][36] under his newly launched production banner XB Film Creators.[37] Lalit Kumar and Jagadish Palaniswamy co-produced the film.[38] Along with the news, he revealed some of the crew that will work on the film,[39] 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 the director's Kaithi.[40] Originally launched under the tentative title Thalapathy 64,[41] the official title Master was announced on 31 December 2019.[42][43] Kangaraj gave the story and screenplay who wrote the dialogue with Rathna Kumar and Pon Parthiban.

Casting[edit]

In July 2019, it was reported that Arjun will be a part of the film as antagonist.[44] However, the role went to Vijay Sethupathi.[45][46] Kiara Advani,[47] Raashi Khanna and Rashmika Mandanna,[48] were reported to play the female leads, before Malavika Mohanan was finalised.[49] The cast additions included Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Antony Varghese,[50][51] with the latter making his Tamil debut.[52] But, Varghese later left the project, citing scheduling conflicts and was later replaced by Arjun Das, who was a part of Lokesh's previous venture, Kaithi.[53] Andrea Jeremiah also signed to be a part of the film in October 2019,[54] followed by Brigida Saga and Gouri G. Kishan.[55][12] Ramya Subramanian also joined the film's second schedule.[56] The film's cast additions also included, Nassar,[57] Sanjeev, Sriman, Srinath,[58] Prem,[28] Nagendra Prasad,[29] Mahendran amongst others.[28] Raveena Ravi dubbed Malavika Mohanan's voice.[59] Actor Kathir's father made his acting debut with this film.[60] In January 2021, it was reported that Nani and Madhavan were approached for Vijay Sethupathi's role before Sethupathi was finalised.[61][62] Surekha Vani also made appearance in the film, but her scenes were not included in the final cut.[63]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began with a pooja ceremony on 3 October 2019; the film's cast and crew were present at the event.[64] On 4 October, director Rathna Kumar posted on Twitter that he was co-writing the screenplay for this project along with Lokesh.[65] Pon Parthiban, who previously collaborated with Kanagaraj in Kaithi, was signed to co-write the screenplay with Kanagaraj and Kumar.[66] The film's first schedule took place in Chennai for 15 days.[67][68] Post the completion of the first schedule, the film's team planned for a 20-day schedule in Delhi.[69] Vijay and the film's crew members went to Delhi for the second schedule in November 2019.[70] Stills from the film's shooting spot at Shri Ram College of Commerce in the North Campus, where a song sequence is being filmed, which found its way to the internet, went viral.[71] The film's shoot briefly delayed due to pollution in Delhi.[72][73] After few pictures from the film's shooting spots were leaked, the team proceeded to have the images removed under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).[74]

The crew went to film few important scenes, featuring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi at Shimoga district in Karnataka after the Delhi schedule being completed.[75] However, the makers planned to shoot few scenes in Chennai, before the schedule.[76][77] Shanthanu and Sethupathi went to Shimoga in December 2019.[78][79] Art director Satheesh Kumar, stated in an interview, that more than 15 sets were made on the film's shoot, with one of them being the Metro train sets, which is being used for the first time in Tamil cinema.[80] The makers went to film fight scenes featuring Sethupathi and Vijay at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC).[81] However the film's shoot was interrupted twice, when Vijay was summoned by the Income Tax Officials on 5 February, about potential tax evasion,[82] and later on 7 February, when members of Bharatiya Janata Party, protested in front of the NLC.[83] The film's shooting wrapped in February 2020.[84] A portion of the sequence featuring Lokesh and Rathna Kumar appearing in the end credits of the film, was directed by Vijay, which was the first attempt in direction in his career.[85]

Post-production[edit]

The film's post-production works which began on March 2020, soon after the completion of the film's shoot was halted due to the COVID-19 lockdown in India.[86] After the Tamil Nadu government granted permission to resume post-production activities on May 2020,[87] Master became one of the few films to resume works. The team reported that most of the film's works including dubbin were completed before the lockdown, except for the editing works which was resumed on 11 May 2020.[88] Composer Anirudh Ravichander, took to Twitter stating that he started his works on the progress of the film's background score.[89]

The runtime of the film's final cut consists of 181 minutes,[90] before being sent to the officials of the Central Board of Film Certification on 14 December 2020.[91] The officials granted U/A certificate to the film with scenes featuring violence, bloodshed and abusive words being censored,[92] and with a duration of 178 minutes before censoring.[93] The team revealed it officially on 24 December 2020, with a tweet posted through social media.[94] There were reports claiming that an uncensored version of the film will be made available in its digital release, with few shots which were not included in the theatrical cut.[95] However LetsOTT, a digital media company website claimed that the film will not contain additional scenes but instead the abusive words will not be censored in this version.[96] A deleted scene of the film with a duration of four minutes was released in January 2021.[97][98]

Themes and influences[edit]

Film critic Sudhir Srinivasan explained about the references of pointing several films including 7G Rainbow Colony, Vaaranam Aayiram, Mouna Ragam, Kadhal Kottai and Premam. In the film, JD references the scenes as examples about the reason for why he became an alcoholic.[99] However, it was referred that he was a student of Professar Selvam, a character played by Kamal Haasan in Nammavar,[100] whom he considered as an inspiration and becomes alcoholic after his loss.[11] Lokesh Kanagaraj, who is a fan of Haasan, explained the connection between the two films and also credited in the film's filmography.[101] Srinivasan also referred to the 2015 film Thani Oruvan pointing the neo-noir characterisation of the actors Vijay and Sethupathi stating "the film is constantly intercutting between developments in their respective lives, as their trajectories hurtle towards each other—even if not as methodically".[99]

Many critics had praised the director Kanagaraj for the portrayal of Vijay as a "flawed hero" apart from the "regular commercial star". A critic from The News Minute wrote an article about Vijay's portrayal and also the usual political references in the film, but stated that the "politics is as flawed as Vijay's character".[102] Even in an interview with critic Baradwaj Rangan, Lokesh confessed that he wanted to do Master as a "100% Lokesh film", for which Vijay agreed, but he did not do so, due to Vijay's stardom and value.[103]

Music[edit]

The film's soundtrack album and background music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, with lyrics written by Arunraja Kamaraj, Gana Balachandar, Arivu, Vignesh Shivan, Vishnu Edavan and Bjorn Surrao. The album features eight tracks with three singles — "Kutty Story", "Vaathi Coming" and "Vaathi Raid" — were released before the launch. The audio was released at a launch event held on 15 March 2020, at the Leela Palace Hotel in Chennai, with a live telecast being held on Sun TV.[104] Despite the album being released, two songs "Vaathi Kabaddi" and "Master The Blaster" were unveiled as a part of the extended soundtrack album.[105][106]

Release[edit]

Master was released on 13 January 2021, a day before Pongal,[107] in over 1000 theatres in Tamil Nadu.[108] It was originally scheduled for a release on 9 April 2020,[109] but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.[110] The film was delayed for several months due to the pandemic,[111] during which the makers decided to wait for a theatrical release.[112] On 28 November 2020, the producers released a press statement,[113] refuting rumours of releasing the film on any over-the-top (OTT) media service, and also reiterating plans for a theatrical release,[114] as this decision was crucial for the revival of the film industry, which had suffered unprecedented losses due to the pandemic.[115]

In December 2020, the makers officially announced that the film will be released on 13 January 2021.[116] Additionally, dubbed versions of the film would also release simultaneously in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.[117][118] The advance bookings of the film started from 7 January in limited theatres across Tamil Nadu.[119] The Telugu version of Master was released across 600 theatres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[120]

Due to the demand of the film's dubbed version in North India,[121] the filmmakers officially announced a release of its Hindi version titled as Vijay The Master,[122] which was scheduled for a release on 14 January 2021,[123] across North Indian theatres.[124] The film received an additional 500 screens in Central India, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and East Punjab, for the film's Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions.[125] The film was not released in the United Kingdom and Canada due to COVID-19 restrictions.[126]

Distribution[edit]

The film's pre-release business, which includes theatrical, overseas, satellite, digital, music and dubbing rights were sold for 200 crore prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.[127][128] However, closer to the film's release, it was reported that the film had done a pre-release business of 158.3 crore.[1] Master's worldwide distribution rights acquired by S. S. Lalit Kumar of Seven Screen Studios,[129][130] who sold the film to its area-wise sub-distributors: Shri Sai Combines (Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari), Sushma Cine Arts (Madurai), Plus Max Films (Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur), Sri Raj Films (Salem), Kanthasamy Arts Films Distributors (Coimbatore), 5 Star Senthil (North and South Arcot), Dhanam Pictures (Chengalpattu), Sri Karpaga Vinayaga Film Circuits (Chennai).[131] Prithviraj Sukumaran bought the distribution rights of the Malayalam version of the film, under his Prithviraj Productions banner.[132] Dheeraj Enterprises and Mahesh Koneru's East Coast Productions acquired the distribution rights for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh-Telangana regions respectively[133] while United India Exporters and Malik Streams bought the overseas rights.[134] The film's Hindi and North India release rights were sold to B4U Motion Pictures.[135] Lotus Five Star bought the distribution rights in Malaysia and Singapore.[136]

Marketing[edit]

The official teaser of the film released on Diwali, 14 November 2020,[137][138] The teaser of this film garnered more than 50 million views, and 2.5 million likes upon release,[139][140] becoming the most-viewed and most-liked South Indian film teaser,[141] until its record was beaten by the teaser of K.G.F: Chapter 2 (2021), which surpassed more than 78 million views, within 4.2 million likes within 24 hours of its release.[142] The teaser for the Telugu version was released on 17 December 2020,[143][144] and teaser for the Hindi version titled Vijay The Master, was released on 7 January 2021.[145]

To promote the film, a new Twitter emoji was launched on the New Year's Day, 1 January 2021.[146][147] On late December 2020, the makers collaborated with Silaii Sculptures, as their official merchandise partner,[148] launching a new sculpture based on Vijay's look from the film.[149] Later, Fully Filmy unveiled the official merchandise of Master in January 2021.[150] On 8 January 2021, the makers hosted a pre-release event in Hyderabad, to promote the film's Telugu version.[151]

Home media[edit]

The film's digital rights were acquired by Amazon Prime Video for 51.5 crores.[152][153][154] and premiered on Sun TV on 14 April 2021, along with its dubbed versions. The Malayalam version of the film was telecast through Surya TV on the same day, while the Hindi Television and Digital rights were sold to Zee Network.[155]

Controversies[edit]

Income tax raid[edit]

On 5 February 2020, the Income Tax Department raided Vijay's 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.[156] Nearly 65 crore was seized by the officials from the AGS Entertainment producer and film financer Anbu Cheliyan's residence.[157][158] Later, the I-T department said that nothing significant was found during the raid and Vijay has paid all taxes.[159] Member of parliament Dayanidhi Maran accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of politically targeting Vijay through IT raids because he was critical of the BJP.[160][161]

Protests by Bharatiya Janata Party[edit]

On 7 February 2020, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (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.[162] Although the film crew had obtained permission for the shoot, the members of the BJP claimed that it is a highly secured area and it's not a place for a movie shoot and also threatened to continue their protests if the shooting did not stop.[163] Soon, Vijay's fans started to arrive in numbers and protested against the party workers. The protesters and the fans left after intervention by the police.[164]

Theatre seating capacity in Tamil Nadu[edit]

The makers were given permission to release the film with 100% seating capacity in theatres with forthcoming other Tamil films by the Government of Tamil Nadu after Vijay personally requested chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in India, especially Tamil Nadu.[165][166] Shortly thereafter, the Central Government of India issued a warrant against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to approve the release of the films with 100% seating capacity.[167] The Central Government stated that 100% seat occupancy is clearly in violation of the guidelines of the Minister of Home Affairs which only allows 50% seat occupancy in theatres.[168] Many doctors also protested against the film having 100% seating capacity.[169][170] Soon after, Central Government notice was passed and it was revoked back to 50% seating capacity in Tamil Nadu theatres.[171]

Alleged film scene leaks[edit]

A day prior to the much anticipated theatrical release on 12 January 2021, some of the film scenes were reportedly leaked by few anonymous people in social media which triggered setback and controversy in the film fraternity.[172][173] Lokesh Kanagaraj and Malavika Mohanan openly urged the audience not to share the film leaked scenes with others and firmly requested them to watch the film in theatres maintaining relevant safety precautions.[174] Twitter later assisted the production team of the film to find who leaked the film scenes in the internet and it was revealed that a person who worked for a digital company for which the film copy was sold for distribution rights abroad had allegedly stolen the copy of the film and leaked them in the internet.[175]

Copyright infringement[edit]

On 12 January 2021, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Egmore directed the CB-CID to file an FIR against the producer Xavier Britto pertaining to copyright infringement. The Court order comes as a result of the case filed by Novex Communications Private Limited, a music copyright company. According to the petitioner, few songs of the film were played at the film's audio launch which took place on 15 March 2020 without acquiring any copyrights from Think Music, one of the clients of the company.[176][177]

OTT release issue[edit]

The film was scheduled for a digital release on Prime Video on 29 January 2021 within 16 days after its theatrical run, which is a first-of-a-kind for an Indian film.[178] While Xavier Britto claimed that the film was not released in primary overseas centres which was considered to be the reason for an early OTT release,[126] the theatre owners raised objection to this, opining that piracy sites will upload the high definition print of the film and this may cause a dent in the film's collections.[179] However, the team proceeded with the plans of release, despite theatre owners request to delay the digital premiere.[180] After the film's early OTT release, theatre owners later announced that no film should premiere in an OTT platform less than 30 days of its theatrical release.[181]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Master received mixed reviews from critics.[6] M Suganth of The Times of India gave three-and-a-half out of five and wrote, "The charismatic performances of Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi that keeps us rooting."[13] LM Kaushik of Sify wrote, "Master is a different Vijay film as well as a different Lokesh film. Thalapathy just keeps growing from strength to strength while Lokesh leaves his mark in the ‘mass hero’ genre too. Despite its pace issues and the length, ‘JD’ Vijay and ‘Bhavani’ Vijay make it worthwhile" and gave three-and-a-half out of five stars.[101] S. Srivatsan of The Hindu wrote that although the film is "a bit drag and flab," the film breaks several tropes associated with the "Vijay formula."[182] Ranjani Krishnakumar of Firstpost gave a rating of two-and-a-half out of five stating "Master is unfortunately the kind of film that concerns itself with too many things but can hardly focus on any of it beyond adorning the hero."[183] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV criticised the film's length but wrote, "Master is overlong all right, but Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi make a winning combination. Buoyed by a fantastic score by Anirudh Ravichander, here is a film that, for all its flaws, is keenly aware of the star power at its disposal and seldom punches below its weight."[11] India Today's Janani K described Lokesh's script as "boring" and criticised the nearly three-hour runtime, but called Vijay's performance as a flawed character an improvement over his usual roles as "a righteous man belting out socially-conscious messages" and also praised the soundtrack.[184]

Manoj Kumar, chief critic of The Indian Express wrote "Master is neither completely a Vijay film nor entirely a Lokesh Kanagaraj film. Lokesh’s self-imposed limitations and obligation to be in fan-service undermine the film’s impact. He has used so many good talents as just fillers and wasted resources on ideas that don’t take the story forward. And, those are not the qualities of Lokesh who made Maanagaram and Kaithi."[185] Behindwoods gave three out of five stars stating that "Master scores well as a perfect commercial film that will satisfy Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi and Lokesh fans".[186] Film critic Shubham Kulkarni of Koimoi.com gave three-and-a-half out of five, stating "Master is not the best or most perfect, but it is a entertaining. You will have to have a suspension of disbelief, but then once Vijays begin the action, they sell it in the package."[187] However, Karthik Keramalu of The Quint was more critical on the film rating two out of five and opined that "Master wouldn’t have become a drastically different movie, if the film lack a few illogical elements. Maybe, if the entire film had been about Bhavani alone, it would have been fun!"[188] Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "There's one part of us waiting to see 'A Lokesh Kanagaraj Film'. There's another part of us waiting for 'A Vijay Entertainer'. The film is a not-bad balance."[189]

Box office[edit]

In its opening day, the film collected 25 crore in the Tamil Nadu box office, with ₹1.21 crore from Chennai theatres.[190] Producer Xavier Britto officially confirmed the news of its first day collection, through the production company's Twitter account.[191] The film earned ₹4.30 crore from Karnataka, ₹9.40 crore from Andhra Pradesh-Telangana region, ₹2.10 crore from Kerala and ₹70 lakhs from rest of the parts in India, totalling upto ₹40.40 crore in India.[192] In its second day of release, the film earned ₹21.20 crore at the Indian box office, thus crossing the ₹50 crore mark, and the film also collected ₹14.20 crore in Tamil Nadu, there by crossing the 40-crore mark.[193] The film earned ₹110 crore in the worldwide box office, crossing the 100-crore mark in three days, as well as the 50-crore mark in Tamil Nadu box office.[194]

At the closing of its first week box office collections, the film earned ₹140 crore at the worldwide box office within nine days of its release.[195] Further, the film collected ₹200 crore in the Tamil Nadu box office, thus becoming the actor's fourth consecutive film to do so after Mersal, Sarkar and Bigil.[196] The film was a profitable venture in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, collecting 9.20 crore share in first three days.[197][198] The Hindi dubbed version Vijay The Master collected 4.5 crore in 5 days.[199] Master also crossed the 10-crore mark at the Chennai city box office,[200] and also surpassed the lifetime collection of Theri, at the city box office grossing 11.56 crore within 33 days.[201] The film also collected a share of 80 crore in Tamil Nadu, surpassing Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which earlier collected a share of 78 crore.[202]

Master was the highest-grossing film in United Arab Emirates, collecting $1.4 million within two days, surpassing Wonder Woman 1984 and Tenet.[203] Since its release according to Deadline Hollywood, it became the biggest post-pandemic worldwide release as well as the highest-grossing film in international markets and also topped the global box office rankings at the time of release.[204][205] It was the first Indian film to have occupied No 1 in the global box office at the time of release.[7] The film earned ₹4.60 crore from Australia, ₹0.90 crore from New Zealand, ₹8.00 crore from Singapore, ₹3.30 crore from United States, ₹19.00 crore from UAE and Middle East and in the rest of the world it earned ₹8.00 crore.[206] The film grossed 250 crore worldwide according to India Today.[2] The News Minute published that the film grossed 300 crore worldwide in its entire run.[4]

Impact[edit]

Although its release was pushed to January 2021, Master was listed in the Most Anticipated Tamil Films of 2020, in the articles listed by Firstpost and The Indian Express.[207][208] The film topped the list of most tweeted hashtags about movies, in a survey report by Twitter India.[209][210] The #MasterSelfie where Vijay took a selfie along with his fans in a shooting spot from Neyveli,[211] became the most retweeted tweet in India of 2020.[212][213] Dhanush tweeted about the theatrical release of Master, in which he asked fans to follow the safety precautions, while watching the film.[214] Silambarasan also requested the same during the audio launch of his film Eeswaran (2021), for fans to watch films in theatres, following the necessary guidelines for safety.[215] Director Mysskin[216] and actress Raadhika, also praised the actor's decision to release the film in theatres,[217] as well as many producers and distributors.[218][219]

Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin praised the film and also the performances of Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.[220] At the test match between India and England held in Chennai, Ashwin grooved to the song "Vaathi Coming" when it is played during the test match.[221] The video went viral across the release and Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya, did the shoulder drop step in a cover video posted on 19 February 2021.[222][223]

Remake[edit]

One day after the film's release, a Hindi remake was announced after some of the North Indian distributors were impressed with the film's output. The film's Hindi remake rights were bought by Endemol Shine India and Murad Khetani. The remake will be produced by Endemol Shine in association with Cine1 Studios and Seven Screen Studios which also co-produced and distributed the original film.[224]

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