It is no exaggeration to say that director Lokesh Kanagaraj has taken the Tamil film industry by storm. With his latest film master, he has manipulated the typical template of a mass big star masala film.
Master is a very important film in Vijay’s career. It shows the superstar’s willingness to reinvent themselves so that they appeal to the younger generation of cinema audiences.
However, part of the audience seems to feel that Vijay Sethupathi’s character overshadowed Vijay’s character in the film. As the?
Unlike most of his previous films, Vijays JD doesn’t always come out on top in Masters. He suffers from beatings, humiliations, guilt, and personal loss. On the other hand, Vijay Sethupathis Bhavai always retains a dominant position. He can even speak some of the best lines in the film. While Bhavani gets a strong backstory, JD’s past is only marginally mentioned.
A powerful villain, especially when it comes to physical performance, has become a rarity in Vijay films in recent years. The last film in which Vijay faced a serious opponent was Prakash Raj’s muttu Pandi in Ghilli (2004). And Lokesh knows the importance of an omnipotent villain in making the character of the hero in a story more attractive and necessary.
If you think Vijay’s character has a raw deal compared to Sethupathis in Master, Lokesh has some advice for you. “When you watch the movie and see Vijay, not as Thalapathy Vijay (the star) but just as a character named JD, you may not feel that way,” he said in an interview with Film Companion.
“When I told this story to Vijay Anna, he knew that the hero and the villain would be the same. He also knew that a superstar would play the bad guy. It just means his generosity to make this movie after knowing all of this. This is exactly what Sethu Anna (Vijay Sethupathi) felt, ”added Lokesh.
Lokesh added that if he had underestimated the villain’s role, it would have greatly affected the intensity of the narrative.
Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com wrote in his review of the film: “Lokesh had promised a Vijay film that is very different from the films Vijay usually makes. Did he keep his promise? Yes. Master is the funniest, most reasonable, entertaining, and best-looking movie that Vijay has made in a long time. “