Actor Vijay’s most-awaited film Master will release on January 13, 2021, coinciding with Pongal celebrations. The announcement of the release date was made on Tuesday by the filmmakers. The announcement comes days after Vijay met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to seek the government’s support to release Master in theatres.
According to reports, Vijay requested the CM to allow the theatres in the state to function with their maximum seating capacity. At present, the theatres can only function with 50 per cent of their actual capacity following COVID-19 safety protocol. It is unclear what was the outcome of the meeting between Vijay and the CM. So far, the government has not made any announcements.
Master has also completed the censorship formalities. The film was cleared with a U/A certificate recently paving the way for its theatrical release. It will be the first major Tamil release of 2021.
The public sentiment regarding theatre viewing is at an all-time low due to ongoing pandemic. And Master is expected to bring back the crowds to the box office counters again. Vijay had been very determined to release this movie only in theatres.
“Though we have an offer from a reputed OTT service provider, we prefer the theatrical release, which is the need of the hour for the industry to survive the ongoing crisis. We also request the theatre owners to stand with us and provide their support for reviving the Tamil Film Industry,” Xavier Britto of XB Film Creators had said in a statement.
Written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, Master boasts of an all-star cast including Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan and Arjun Das among others.