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Master movie release LIVE UPDATES: Vijay-starrer dominates box office

Master movie review and release live updates: Here's what celebrities, critics and fans are saying about Master, starring Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj.

By: Entertainment Desk | Chennai |
Updated: January 15, 2021 3:29:59 pm
Master releaseMaster is keeping the cash registers ringing across the world. (Photo: Seven Screen Studios)

Actor Vijay’s Master has finally hit cinema halls across India. The film has opened to a good response from the audience and the film critics alike. In the film, Vijay plays the character of JD, a heavy-drinker and a teacher at a college. Vijay Sethupathi, on the other hand, is seen in an “unapologetically” evil avatar.

Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film, also starring Malavika Mohanan, Arjun Das, Andrea Jeremiah and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, is produced by XB Film Creators and Seven Screen Studios.

In his review of Master, indianexpress.com’s Manoj Kumar R wrote, “Lokesh had promised a Vijay film which would be very different from movies that Vijay usually does. Did he deliver on his promise? Yes. Master is the most fun, sensible, enjoyable and good looking movie that Vijay has done in a long time.”

He added, “After a long gap, Vijay has played, if you will, a nuanced character with qualities that don’t comply with the definition of a “complete man”. JD, which is short for John Durairaj (Vijay), is an unruly professor at a popular college in Chennai. He is adored by students, and that makes him enemy no 1 of the old guard in the management. He is a professor of psychology, who teaches focus as a subject. A quality that he lacks in his life. His greatest flaw is he has no focus, and he doesn’t pay heed to what people tell him. He hears but never listens. He doesn’t do what he preaches. Say, he is a hypocrite. He’s deeply flawed. And that is what makes Master stand out from recent Vijay movies.”

Master was previously scheduled to release worldwide in April 2020, but got postponed due to the spread of coronavirus and the resultant lockdown. Even though there were lucrative offers from leading OTT platforms, the producers were keen on a theatrical release. Now, Master’s theatrical release is removing the gloom that has gripped the box office.

(With inputs from Janardhan Koushik, Komal RJ Panchal, Gabbeta Ranjithkumar, Manoj Kumar R)

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15:29 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Here's a candid picture of Vijay and Malavika Mohanan

(Photo: Malavika Mohanan/Instagram)

13:22 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Listen to Master the Blaster

12:45 (IST)15 Jan 2021
A glimpse of how Andrea Jeremiah prepared for Master
 
 
 
 
 
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10:36 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Raghava Lawrence all praise for Vijay's Master
10:05 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Master finds many takers in Telugu states
21:18 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Master box office Day 1: Vijay starrer is off to a great start

On the first day of its release, Master has earned over Rs 25 crore in Tamil Nadu. The producers of the film shared the figure on Twitter and it looks like the film is going to have a glorious week ahead.

Read More | Master box office collection Day 1: Vijay-starrer earns over Rs 25 crore in Tamil Nadu

13:55 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Mysskin on Master

"Today, I watched 'MASTER' with my Assistants. I enjoyed the roars and whistles of the Fans. Vijay: Handsome, Graceful and Stylish.
@VijaySethuOffl Raw, Explosive and Lethal. Best Wishes. - Mysskin. #Master," filmmaker Mysskin shared on Twitter. 

12:53 (IST)14 Jan 2021
'What a charismatic show'

Filmmaker Mohan Raja watched Master last evening and tweeted, "Interval at AMB Cinemas, Hyderabad Enjoying the #Master stroke by my dear ones, eSpecially @actorvijay Nanba, what a charismatic show, the terrific @VijaySethuOffl, brother @Dir_Lokesh electrifying
@anirudhofficial @imKBRshanthnu." 

12:35 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Master becomes second best opener in Tamil nadu

Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel shared the box office collection of top 10 Tamil movies on Twitter. He wrote, "TOP 10 opening day Biz in TN ( Gross)
1 #Sarkar - ₹32 cr
2 #Master - ₹26 cr ( #MasterFilm)
3 #Bigil - ₹24.75 cr
4 #Mersal - ₹23.50 cr
5 #Kabali - ₹19.50 cr
6 #Darbar - ₹16.90 cr
7 #Viswasam - ₹16.5 cr
8 #Vivegam - ₹16 cr
9 #Vedalam - ₹14.70 cr
10 #Theri - ₹14 cr"

12:19 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Master box office collection Day 1: Vijay film earns Rs 26 crore in Tamil Nadu

Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel shared on Twitter, "#Master creates HISTORY! Grossed ₹ 26 cr on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu with just 50% occupancy, becomes the biggest Non Holiday opener ever out there." 

12:08 (IST)14 Jan 2021
'Treat to watch both VJ's Performance'

Actor Iniya took to Twitter after watching Master and wrote, "Last night Fullfilled with #Master Fire oh god what a damn stylish he is.... Thalapathy @actorvijay. Treat to watch both VJ's Performance in Screen, congratulations to @Dir_Lokesh & Team. #MasterPongal." 

11:53 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Master releases in North India

The Hindi version of Master titled Vijay The Master has hit cinema halls in North India today. 

11:46 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Vijay starrer gets a 'flying start' in international markets

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the international box office collection of Master. He tweeted, "#Master hits it out of the park... Flying start at key international markets. *Day 1* biz...⭐️ #Australia: A$ 283,517 [₹ 1.61 cr] ⭐️ #NewZealand: NZ$ 56,615 [₹ 29.84 lakhs] ⭐️ #USA: Biz getting updated. Strong start, despite limited screens.@comScore #MasterFilm #MasterPongal"

11:07 (IST)14 Jan 2021
Police registers case against theater showing Master in Chennai

After people thronged cinemas for Vijay starrer Master, police on Wednesday booked a case against a theatre in Chennai for allegedly violating the state government order on permitting only 50 per cent occupancy during the screening of films due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The incident came to light when videos of the crowds went viral on social media. The MGR Nagar police, who registered a case against the theatre management, said a penalty of Rs 5,000 was levied.

Also read | Master screening: Police book case against theatre for violating COVID-19 norms

22:19 (IST)13 Jan 2021
'Master Pongal indeed'
22:00 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Master is doing great in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana too

Rajasekar tweeted, "The biggest surprise in the trade today is #Master's phenomenal day one numbers in Andhra Pradesh& Telangana. Almost on par with #Krack (Huge for a dubbed film). Once, they said Vijay doesn't have a market in the Telugu states but now, things have changed. Congrats @smkoneru."

21:40 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Covid safety norms thrown to the wind as fans rush to catch Master

Be it dancing, cheering, waiting to enter the theatre or exiting after watching the film, many fans were seen without masks in Chennai theatres. Similar scenes played out in Mumbai’s Carnival Cinemas. A long queue of people eagerly waited for their chance to enter the theatre, but without their masks in place.

21:24 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Covid safety norms thrown to the wind as fans rush to catch Master

Fans lined up in front of theatres as early as 5 am to catch Master. And looking at Chennai cinema-goers, one might think the pandemic is behind us. Many film buffs were seen openly flouting covid protocols. This, despite the many hoardings and billboards outside cinema halls asking fans to sanitise, wear masks and observe social distancing.

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21:08 (IST)13 Jan 2021
'The songs' placement is brilliant'

 George wrote, 'In #Master, I liked how all songs are part of the story. When the album was out, some people were worried that these many songs would dent the pace. But this is not the case in Master. Also, the songs' placement is brilliant. @Dir_Lokesh #MasterFilm.' 

20:46 (IST)13 Jan 2021
'A treat to watch'

Hema Rukmani tweeted, "#Master is pakka masss. A treat to watch #Thalapathy in every frame. Vere level ! Memorable performances by @VijaySethuOffl @iam_arjundas @Actor_Mahendran Congratulations @Dir_Lokesh @anirudhofficial.@XBFilmCreators Best wishes from @MuraliRamasamy4 @ThenandalFilms."

In a shocking development, multiple scenes from Thalapathy Vijay's Master were leaked online on Monday night. The makers of Master have requested people not to take part in circulating the leaked clips.

"Dear all It's been a 1.5 year long struggle to bring Master to u. All we have is hope that you'll enjoy it in theatres. If u come across leaked clips from the movie, please don't share it Thank u all. Love u all. One more day and #Master is all yours (sic)," wrote director Lokesh Kanagaraj on his Twitter page.

Composer Anirudh Ravichander, who has scored the music for Master, tweeted, "It’s the hard work of 1000s of people. Please report any leaked clips immediately to report@blockxpiracy.com (sic)."

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