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Master Review: 5 Flaws That Prevent Thalapathy Vijay-Vijay Sethupathi’s Film From Being ’Master’ful! (LatestLY Exclusive)

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#MasterBlockbuster or #MasterDisaster? , the new Pongal release of 2021 is seeing wildly mixed reactions from fans on social media. The directorial came to theatres, battling COVID-19 complications and theatre occupancy controversies, to reach to the big screens. Coming straight after the critical and commercial success of , Kanagaraj was expected to deliver a special entertainer with Thalapathy. What we got was a film that might please the fans of the superstar, but is nowhere the special treat that we expected from the filmmaker.  Review: and Take Their Sweet Time To Come to Blows in Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Tiresome Entertainer.

I am not even sure that if Thalapathy fans would be completely pleased with Master. Sure, the superstar is on a rocking form, and has enough mass scenes, stunts and dialogues. But he gets easily upstaged by Sethupathi, who plays the main antagonist. As the gangster Bhavani, Sethupathi often gets the best lines and makes every appearance of his in the movie stand out with his amazing performance. Apart from Sethupathi’s stealing act and Thalapathy’s mass moments (also Anirudh’s fantastic score), Master stumbles through and through as it reaches its overlong climax.

While we have already covered our thoughts in our detailed review, let’s look at seven flaws that make Master a just about average entertainer.

The Meandering Plot

Thalapathy Vijay in Master

While Master has yet another social cause – maltreatment at juvenile homes – in its heart, a favourite trope with superstar movies, it doesn’t exactly concentrate on that. At least in the first half, where the film is set in a normal college and wastes enough of our patience only to build on the lead character’s popularity. Which leads us to…

Overlong and Overblown

Thalapathy Vijay in Master

Master is nearly three hours long, but doesn’t have enough substance to hold our patience. After the initial 15 minutes that do a good job of telling the villain’s backstory, Master then spends the next 20 minutes and more only to build the lead actor’s charisma and popularity. It takes nearly an hour for him to get into the main premise, and then 20 minutes more just to have his first interaction with the villain. We thought the second half would fare better, alas, that’s even more stretched out. In times of COVID-19, releasing films with such a long duration and keeping fans in theatres feels a little irresponsible when there was plenty of editing opportunities to be done.

Catering Purely to Thalapathy’s Image

Thalapathy Vijay in Master

Supporters of Master might say that Kanagaraj has tried to present Thalapathy Vijay differently, and I would agree with them. For about 10%. Some of his trademark mannerisms are presented with tweaks. Like his stylish walk is shown to be because JD is always drunk, and that’s also the reason why he wears shades, so as to not show that he is always hungover. JD is also presented as a flawed protagonist, who works through his inadequacies with the utmost ease, like his alcoholism. But I also feel that these tweaks are mere distractions from the fact that this is just another Vijay entertainer, made to suit his superstar image. The action scenes sees low stakes for him, and he is shown changing people’s mindsets with just one speech. Moreover, once again, Vijay hints at his political aspirations in Master. Come on, sir, it is time that you announce that you are entering politics! Just hoping that you won’t take a U-turn as Thalaiva! Master: Fans Overcrowd Cinema Halls for Thalapathy Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi Movie Despite COVID-19 Pandemic.

Needed More Vijay-Vijay Combo Scenes

Vijay Sethupathi and Thalapathy Vijay in Master

The most exciting factor about Master was to see Vijay clash with Vijay, two much-loved superstars throwing quips and blows at each other. But in the film’s 178-minute runtime, we only have four scenes of this combo, out of which, in two scenes they only interact on phone. The first time they come across each other, when JD fails to recognise Bhavani is truly a highlight, but Master needed more such scenes. Instead, we got a Batman v Superman kinda disappointment, didn’t we?

Wasted Supporting Cast

and Thalapathy Vijay in Master

One of the great things about Kaithi is how well it uses its supporting cast. In Master, it is the other way round. With majority of the screentime dedicated to Thalapathy Vijay, and then some to Vijay Sethupathi, the rest of the players hardly get any scope. Malavika Mohanan is just a PYT we regularly see in a Thalapathy film. Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Andrea Jeremiah are utterly wasted. Arjun Das leave some mark as the villain’s minion, but his character is poorly-written. Nasser just has a cameo.

The Action Scenes in the Climax

Thalapathy Vijay in Master

Some of the action scenes in Master are well-shot, but I was very disappointed with what I got to see in the big finale. JD turning Hawkeye in a ludicrous chase sequence is poorly done, not helped by obvious green-screen, dody stunts and Andrea’s needless presence. The fight sequence between both the Vijay’s that follow is interesting, with each actor delivering to the scene. Then the movie throws a needless, distracting idea to have Thalapathy go the Salman Khan route, that is, to go ‘shirtless’, without the needed brawn the pull that scene off, the way Khan does.

Lacks The Brilliance We Saw in Kaithi

Karthi in Kaithi

More than Master being a Thalapathy Vijay-Vijay Sethupathi combo film, I was more excited because it was made by the man who also helmed Kaithi. Kaithi, in my opinion, is one of the best thrillers made in the last five years, that is both smart, arresting and massy. I also share the same opinion about the director’s first film, MaanagaramMaster, on the other hand, doesn’t really feel more a Thalapathy film than a Kanagaraj movie, and that we have already seen that in plenty. Like, Master suffers from the same syndrome as Petta or Massu, talented filmmakers working with superstars and then end up making inferior films.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 13, 2021 09:53 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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Suriya Attends A Fan’s Wedding Ceremony And Netizens Can’t Contain Their Happiness Seeing His Presence At The Event! (View Pics)

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Suriya has fans all over the world and they wait to watch him on the big screens. He has won hearts not just with his performances on the big screen, but even with his sweet gestures he has won his fans’ hearts even off screen. The actor has always done the needful for his fans and once again he has done something special leaving netizens amazed. Suriya’s pictures are going viral across social media platforms. It is because he has attended a wedding ceremony of one of his fans and seeing his presence at the event, netizens can’t contain their happiness. Suriya’s Photos From Soorarai Pottru Director Sudha Kongara’s Daughter’s Wedding Go Viral! Fans Impressed With His New Look.

Suriya, dressed in a simple outfit, flaunting his new look for his next project, he was seen attending a wedding ceremony. He also wore a face mask during the event. It is a wedding ceremony of one of the names named Hari, who handles the actor’s fan page on Twitter, @Hari_AISFC. It is All India Suriya Fan Club where one will find the latest updates on the Kollywood star’s upcoming films and other key details. Take a look at the pictures of Suriya that have been going viral. Priyanka Arul Mohan To Be The Leading Lady In Suriya 40?

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Suriya’s Love For All His Fans

All Praises For Suriya

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That Precious Moment

On the work front, Suriya was last seen in Soorarai Pottru that had released on Amazon Prime Video. The actor has teamed with director Pandiraj for a film that is tentatively titled as Suriya 40. He has also collaborated for film titled Vaadivasal that will be helmed by Vetrimaaran.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 25, 2021 09:37 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Alicia Keys Birthday: Put It In A Love Song, In Common, Butterflyz – 5 Songs by the Grammy Winner That You Need to Hear If You Are in Love

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Alicia Keys is one of the very talented singer-songwriters who had made people groove to her beats since the beginning of her career. The talented singer began composing songs by age 12 and was signed by a renowned label when she was just 15. She released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, in 2001 and became a household name in no time. The audience fell in love with her album and she sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Her song Fallin even made it to the Billboard Hot 100 becoming her first song to make it to the list. Grammys 2020: Host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men Pay Tribute to Late Kobe Bryant With a Rendition of It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.

Her songs like You Don’t Know My Name, If I Ain’t Got You, and Diary, My Boo, No One, Another Way to Die are some of the classic songs that her fans still love to hear. Apart from singing, Alicia also tried her hands in acting and was a part of many television shows, reality shows and films. During her career until now, Keys has bagged many accolades as well. She has received 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards and more. She was also named by Billboard as the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade.

Alicia Keys has made songs for your every mood and since the singer is celebrating her 40th birthday today, we decided to listen to some of her songs. If you are somebody in love, these 6 songs by Alicia Keys describe the feeling perfectly and you can listen to them and miss your loved ones too. Check it out right away: Alicia Keys Reveals She Almost Considered Terminating Her Second Pregnancy for This Reason.

You Don’t Know My Name

We all have those crushes who we dream about while they don’t even notice us. Alicia’s song You Dont Know My Name is all about that feeling. Beautiful lyrics entwined with Keys’ signature piano chords, the 2003 song is from her second studio album titled The Diary of Alicia Keys. She talks about how she is crushing over a guy who hasn’t noticed her in the song.

Put It In a Love Song

Put It In a Love Song is a song that Alicia and Beyoncé made back in 2009. The song is about making their love interests confess their feeling through a song. Alicia and Beyoncé even shot for a music video for the song in Brazil but unfortunately, it was released.

In Common

The Caribbean-infused hit was released in 2016 by Alicia during her appearance on Saturday Night Live. In Common is all about how opposites attract and how one can discover that the two opposites actually have more in common than they thought.

Unbreakable

Alicia’s 2005 album Unplugged was one of the most popular ones and the son Unbreakable from the album became a super hit. The song talked about Black power couples and how they are positive relationship examples for all of us. Keys named some of the most influential couples in Hollywood including Oprah and Stedman Graham and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Fire We Make

What is love without passion and this Keys and Maxwell song Fire We Make

was all about that. The 2012 released song talked about the fiery passion two lovers have for each other. The song belongs to Alicia’s Girl on Fire album and was her seventh single.

Butterflyz

We all know what the butterflies mean when you are in love. The 2001 track talked about that feeling and how one gets goosebumps when you’re around that special someone. Butterflyz appeared on Alicia’s first album, Songs in A Minor. She had written the song at the age of 14 before she was ever signed to a music label.

Listening to Alicia Keys is always a delight. The singer has many talents and we wish to see more and more of her work. Join us in wishing the talented singer a very happy 40th birthday.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 25, 2021 09:20 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Varun Dhawan And Natasha Dalal Wedding: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor And Other B-Town Celebs Congratulate The Newly Married Couple!

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The much-awaited Bollywood wedding took place on January 24 in Alibaug. Longtime lovebirds Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal are a happily married couple and from celebs to fans all have poured in lots of love for them on social media. Varun and Natasha’s marriage was low-key affair that took place in the presence of the couple’s family members and close friends. The duo opted for a minimal crowd considering the ongoing pandemic. Post the wedding ritual, Varun shared the first photo with his wife, giving a glimpse of the beautiful wedding ceremony, and since then B-town celebs and fans have been congratulating the newly married couple. Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal are Married! Actor Shares First Pictures as a Couple With a Lovely Caption.

Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Parineeti Chopra, Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif, Armaan Malik and many others have extended their heartfelt congratulations to Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal. Varun’s close pals from the industry who were seen in attendance for the wedding included Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra, Shashank Khaitan and Kunal Kohli. Let’s take a look at the comments dropped by celebs and also the posts shared by a few of them for Varun and Natasha. Varun Dhawan Weds Natasha Dalal: Is Turkey The Honeymoon Destination On The Couple’s Mind?

B-Town Congratulates Varun – Natasha

Celebs Congratulate Varun Dhawan And Natasha Dalal (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Tons Of Love For The Newly Married Couple

Celebs Congratulate Varun Dhawan And Natasha Dalal (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Wishing A Great Journey Ahead

Celebs Congratulate Varun Dhawan And Natasha Dalal (Photo Credits: Instagram)

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Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal had opted for a highly restricted guest list and also decided on a no-phone policy. The wedding was graced by only 50 people. The couple’s wedding reception will reportedly take place on January 26. Heartiest congratulations to Varun and Natasha on their marriage!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 25, 2021 08:34 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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