One of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s discernable qualities as a storyteller is the self-discipline with which he approaches a topic. And that self-discipline is conspicuous by its absence in Master. Master is neither a nail-biter like Maanagaram nor a pacy thriller like Kaithi.
Lokesh had promised a Vijay film which might be very completely different from motion pictures that Vijay normally does. Did he ship on his promise? Yes. Master is probably the most enjoyable, wise, pleasant and good wanting film that Vijay has performed in a very long time. Did I point out wise?
After a protracted hole, Vijay has performed, if you’ll, a nuanced character with qualities that don’t adjust to the definition of a “complete man”. JD, which is brief for John Durairaj (Vijay), is an unruly professor at a preferred faculty in Chennai. He is adored by college students, and that makes him enemy no 1 of the outdated guard within the administration. He is a professor of psychology, who teaches focus as a topic. A high quality that he lacks in his life. His best flaw is he has no focus, and he doesn’t pay heed to what individuals inform him. He hears however by no means listens. He doesn’t do what he preaches. Say, he’s a hypocrite. He’s deeply flawed. And that’s what makes Master stand out from latest Vijay motion pictures.
JD doesn’t take himself too severely. And his first response to any downside is just not violence. I don’t recall a film the place Vijay performed a personality that didn’t consider no downside was too advanced that couldn’t be solved with the fist. When a cop on the juvenile jail offers JD a possibility to take out his anger on unruly inmates who’ve triggered him irreplaceable loss, he refuses. And questions the position of the cops, the system, and the society in turning younger individuals into hardened criminals. In another Vijay film, his character would have first thrashed these boys earlier than giving them an ethical lesson. Another high quality of JD is that he doesn’t waste time debating proper and fallacious with individuals he intends to harm. That is so un-Vijay.
So, sure, Lokesh has given us a special Vijay film as he promised.
Lokesh Kanagaraj, who has co-written the film with Rathna Kumar and Pon Parthibhan, additionally is aware of by coronary heart the most effective strikes of Vijay. And he has equipped a beneficiant quantity of moments that will meet the approval of hardcore Vijay followers. There are even moments that act as a throwback to Vijay’s earlier motion pictures. For instance, the kabaddi scene in jail hat-tips Vijay’s Ghilli. In the method of doing this, Lokesh loses his aggressive edge.
Nevertheless, there are some redeeming concepts within the film that reveals Lokesh’s actual expertise as a storyteller. Especially, the best way he has written his hero and the antagonist. Vijay Sethupathi’s Bhavani and JD have extra issues in frequent than they know. In truth, they’re two sides of the identical coin. Even a few of their mannerisms match. Bhavani is aware of that the world is a tousled place and he unapologetically and mercilessly exploits it for his survival. But, JD chooses to disregard the messy world by drowning himself in alcohol and rock music. And the best way Lokesh portrays the side-effects of heavy consuming via Vijay’s character is intelligent.
That stated, Master is neither utterly a Vijay film nor completely a Lokesh Kanagaraj film. Lokesh’s self-imposed limitations and obligation to be in fan-service undermine the film’s impression. He has used so many good skills as simply fillers and wasted sources on concepts that don’t take the story ahead. And, these aren’t the qualities of Lokesh who made Maanagaram and Kaithi.