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Master Movie Review: Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi Take Their Sweet Time To Come to Blows in Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Tiresome Entertainer (LatestLY Exclusive)

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’s latest, Master, is an unusual movie. It gives a good backstory to the villain, played by , even dedicating the first fifteen minutes of the film for the same. What’s more, Sethupathi’s Bhavani is also shown to be a religious person in a secular way, wearing amulets of three different religions, ‘cos as he claims, he isn’t sure which God can come to his help. On the other hand, the hero, ’s JD is a persistent alcoholic. He doesn’t come with a backstory, which is anyway explained through one throwaway line and acts often irresponsible. In that way, Master is a definitely an unusual movie for its genre. Master: Thalapathy ’s Film Turns Out Perfect Pongal Treat! Fans Watch FDFS And Share Reviews On Twitter.

Being unusual doesn’t make it good though, but let’s talk about that in a bit. So JD is a ‘Master’ at St Jeffrey college, where he teaches M.Phil course and is also the Dean of Student Affairs. He is a favourite among most of the students, who blindly revere him, even disregarding the fact that he comes with heavy hangover to college. Can’t help but draw parallels to Vijay’s reel persona in the film to that of his real influence, where his fans are thronging theatres, even disregarding COVID-19 protocols even when what he offers are flawed products. The parallels don’t end there, though.

When a student election, carried under his supervision, ends up creating a ruckus, JD has to take a three-month break from teaching at the college. His benefactor (Nasser) sends him to be a ‘master’ at a Government Reformatory in Nagercoil, a juvenile correction centre. The place is, however, ruled by an iron-fisted Bhavani, who, from the outside, uses the kids there as scapegoats to hide his criminal activities while supplying drugs and booze to them. How JD reforms his ways, and then reforms his wards, while tackling Bhavani is what the rest of Master is about.

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While watching Master, I couldn’t help but think of Petta. Master and Petta have some commonalities, which includes actors like Sethupathi and . At least in terms of how it uses these two actors, Master fares better than Petta. While Sethupathi was also a villain in the Rajinikanth starrer, he had more scope to shine in Master, and it is the scenes involving this incredible actor that make for the film’s more engaging portions, thanks to his irreverent dialogue delivery. He also proves to a more credible foil to Thalapathy’s hero, compared to the other antagonists in Vijay’s recent films. Though after a nuanced backstory, he is relegated to being a typical villain and nearly gets lost in the film’s hero-worshipping.

Malavika Mohanan had a small role in Petta, where she played mother to a teenager! Here in Master, she plays her age and gets to have a romantic angle with the hero, playing his colleague with a conscience. While I see that as an improvement, her character doesn’t get much to do, save for giving the hero a reality check, batting eyelashes at him and then needs saving from the baddies. You know, typical Thalapathy heroine stuff. Master: Before Clashing With Thalapathy Vijay, 5 Times Vijay Sethupathi Experimented With Grey Shades in the Past.

Beyond the actors, what’s one more common between Petta and Master is both suffer from the same syndrome – talented directors blinded by their lead star’s superstar charisma and end up making an inferior film. If Karthik Subbaraj ended up making an appealing but forgettable Thalaiva movie, then it was frustrating to see Lokesh Kanagaraj also falling for superstar flick tropes and create a product that is only appealing to Thalapathy’s die-hard fans.

His debut film Kaithi was one of the best thrillers I had seen in the past couple of years. Even while narrating an engaging storyline, he didn’t refrain from not adding mass moments in the narrative. Remember that iconic sequence where Karthi had biriyani from a large container lid? Or when he takes down baddies using a gatling gun in the explosive climax? Sadly, Master comes nowhere in its league.

It’s not that Lokesh is out of form here. The way he crafts some of Thalapathy’s mass scenes with some refreshing tweaks are entertaining to watch. It also helps that Vijay, even when stuck in one of his usual roles, is on scintillating form here. From his drunken stupor to using premises of popular films to narrate his ‘backstory’, Thalapathy is seen having fun with the role. He even scores in the emotional scenes, though he struggles a bit when it comes to crying (the director shows some smartness by making JD claim that he can’t cry). Even the shades that he wears is to hide his hangover, rather than being a style statement. Anirudh’s masterful score amps up the mass appeal, even in the most ordinary scenes.

At one point, JD tries to recreate Thalapathy’s trademark throwing-gum-in-his-mouth fete and fails, to which his colleague Vanitha () asks him to not to do gimmicks. Unfortunately, the rest of the film feels more of a gimmick to play along with his superstar image, with the BG score even hailing him as ‘Thalapathy’. If that’s not enough, we have scenes that have Vijay monologuing on the importance of politics (though the Censor Board mutes a dialogue that criticises the government), making Master another film that hints at its lead superstar’s future political aspirations.

While Kanagaraj’s direction at least gives Master a polished treatment, it is the writer in him that disappoints. Along with the the editing. It takes nearly 20 minutes just to create a buildup for its lead star, and it takes Master to reach its interval point to even have its first interaction scene between the villain and the hero. Even that’s not a direct confrontation.

The second half, that gets into Do Aankhen Barah Haath territory, feels more meaty than the first half, but it continues to be stretched. The proceedings feel tiresome as Vijay bashes more people and lectures others, as we wait for Master to finally bring both the Vijay’s onscreen together. By the time that happens, we would have run out of patience. At a nearly three-hour-runtime, Master is no doubt over-blown, and in times of COVID-19, it feels a little irresponsible, considering the film offers little substance.

Among the supporting cast, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Andrea get no scope. Arun Das, who was impressive in Kaithi and last year’s Andhaghaaram, makes his presence felt with his deep baritone as Das, Bhavani’s main minion in the correction centre. The kid who plays the young Undiyal is another standout actor. The action scenes are just about okay (the bow-fight sequence in the pre-climax is just silly), but Sathyan Sooryan’s cinematography is impressive.

Yay!

– Thalapathy Vijay In His Usual Elements

– Vijay Sethupathi’s Villain Role

Nay!

– Over-Stretched, Forgettable Fare

– Faulty Writing

Final Thoughts

In one scene, Thalapathy Vijay’s JD tells a prison inmate that he has zillions of people outside who like him, which is no doubt a wink-wink reference to his terrific fan following. I only wish that he also be part of films that live up to the adoration that these fans have form. Master, unfortunately, isn’t that where more than the star, it is the director who let me down. Watch Master at your own health risk, literally!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 13, 2021 02:23 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas Is a Glamazon As She Poses for Marie Claire Spring 2021’s Latest Issue (View Pics)

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The world loves Priyanka Chopra Jonas, as there’s no one like her. Be it talking sense in each of her interviews, being a flag bearer of women empowerment, slaying it in the acting department to even making fashion pundits go wow with her style shenanigans, she’s an inspiration to many out there. Currently, she is busy promoting her flick The White Tiger. However, amid this, she has shared a series of pictures on her Instagram as the cover girl of Marie Claire for its Spring 2021 issue and we are impressed! Priyanka Chopra Birthday Special: A Perpetual Red Carpet Glamazon, Eloquent and Exquisite, She Brings Her Own Sassy Spotlight!

The global icon in the photos can be seen opting for flashy colourful outfits. As we all know that spring is about stunning shades and we see PeeCee going the same route. From pretty pinks, striking red to tangy orange, the diva looks tempting in every look. However, our favourite is the one in which her hair is all gelled up and she poses in pink attire. All in all, we are loving Marie Claire’s classic style palette here. Check out the pictures below. Met Gala Recap: When Priyanka Chopra and Her Fashion Tidings Snowballed Into a Fiesty, Fabulous and Fierce Fashion Avalanche!

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If given a chance to score Priyanka’s above looks, we would definitely give a 10/10 to her for looking this alluring on the mag cover and other photos. Priyanka for MC is styled by Joanna Schlenzka whereas her makeup is done by Ninni Nummela. Having said that, the attitude which PeeCee brings while posing as the cover girl is insane man. Kudos to her. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 26, 2021 07:05 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain Promo: Nehha Pendse as Anita Bhabhi Makes a Striking Entry in a Red Saree (Watch Video)

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After Saumya Tandon said goodbye to &TV’s hit sitcom Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain as Anita bhabhi, the makers were looking for a new face and locked Nehha Pendse as the new Anitaji. In fact, the actress also had started shooting for the comedy show a few days back. Now, finally, the makers have unveiled the first promo of Nehha as Anita bhabhi. The video is high on entertainment and sees Pendse looking alluring as the Gori Mem. In the clip, she can be seen wearing a red saree with sleeveless blouse. Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai: Nehha Pendse Finally Begins Shooting As Anita Bhabhi, Feels Elated!

The promo opens with Neha entering the society compound in an open rickshaw wherein the men of the colony go gaga over her beauty. The Bollywood music in the background adds quite a spice. All the characters in the video are happy on seeing Anita bhabhi. Apart from Neha, we also see Aasif Sheikh (Vibhuti Narayan Mishra), Shubhangi Atre (Angoori bhabhi) Rohitashv Gour (Manmohan Tiwari). Nehha Pendse on Replacing Saumya Tandon in Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain: I Would Request the Audience to Not Draw Any Comparisons. 

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Indeed, the promo looks appealing and Nehha as Anita bhabhi also seems impressive. Having said that, earlier in a conversation with IANS, Pendse had expressed and urged fans to not draw a comparison between her and Saumya Tandon.

“I would like to request the audience that they should not draw comparisons between Saumya and me. They should give me the opportunity and time with open hearts to get into the character. We are trying to make a seamless transition in the show, so we expect audience cooperation. I would urge them to be kind towards us,” she had said.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 26, 2021 06:11 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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1962 The War In The Hills Teaser: Witness Abhay Deol’s Valour as an Army Officer On Disney+ Hotstar From February 26 (Watch Video)

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On the occasion of 72nd Republic Day today (January 26), the makers of 1962 The War In The Hills unveiled the first look from their upcoming series which stars Abhay Deol in the lead. This one will be out on February 26, 2021, on streaming platform Disney+Hotstar. The story of this series is based on true events and takes us back in the time of the Indo-China war. The teaser gives quite an in-depth look into how the series will look like. And the little glimpse of Abhay Deol does look promising. Patriotic Songs for Republic Day 2021: List of Desh Bhakti Geet in Hindi With Videos for Gantantra Diwas Celebrations on 26th January. 

From gunshots, bombs, emotions to a lot of action, 1962 The War In The Hills serves to an unfiltered story of valour. It depicts how 125 army men fought against 3000 Chinese men to safeguard the nation. The visuals, backdrop, tension and of course the patriotic music in the teaser blends in really well with each other. This series is helmed by Mahesh Manjrekar. Army Day 2021: Jennifer Winget Announces ‘Code M Season 2’, Salutes the Brave Men Who Fought for Our Country (Watch Video).

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In the video, we see the lead Abhay in a never-seen-before avatar, leading a battalion in the epic war. The actor is known for intense films like Socha Nahin Tha, Dev DShanghai and more, and his role as an army officer in this one will also win hearts.

“No better occasion than our Republic Day to salute our jawaans and warriors who tirelessly protect us round the clock. As a tribute, I am happy to release the first look of 1962: The War In The Hills,” Abhay said in a statement. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 26, 2021 05:17 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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