Master, the Tamil film starring actors Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi and Andrea Jeremiah, will release in theatres on January 13, 2020, for Pongal, president of the Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners’ Association, Tiruppur Subramaniam, told Silverscreen India, on Monday.
Master’s release, initially scheduled for April, 2020 was halted due to the ongoing pandemic. The film, written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, also features actors Malavika Mohanan, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Arjun Das. Master, when it releases, will become the first major Tamil film to opt for a theatre release, after Covid-19 related lockdown restrictions were lifted in Tamil Nadu. Other big Tamil releases such as Suriya and Aparna Balamurali starrer Soorarai Pottru and most recently, Jayam Ravi’s Bhoomi have all opted for an OTT release. Cinema halls that fall outside containment zones in Tamil Nadu were permitted to reopen with 50 % seating capacity from November 10.
Addressing media reports that stated actor Vijay had met Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday, to request permitting cinema halls to function with 100 % seating capacity, Subramaniam told Silverscreen India “There has been no information about the meeting either from Vijay’s side or the chief minister’s side. So far, we have not received any information regarding the same. We cannot comment on the capacity we will be functioning at during Pongal since the lockdown rules for January have not yet been announced. It will depend on the announcement the government will make.”
The Tamil Nadu government has extended the lockdown until December 31 with few relaxations in place, including, beaches being thrown open to the public from December 14 and final year undergraduate courses in all colleges and universities and medical courses commencing from December 7. However, people coming from states other than Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry still have to complete an e-registration. As of December 27, 2020, the total number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu stands at 8,947 with 1,009 testing positive for the virus on Sunday alone.
Makers of Master, who had reiter had announced on Christmas eve that the film has obtained a U/A certificate with the Censor Board.
— Lokesh Kanagaraj (@Dir_Lokesh) December 24, 2020
Makers of Master also recently announced their collaboration with B4U Motion Pictures for the Hindi release of the film.
Master is produced by Xavier Britto and co-produced by Lalit Kumar and Jagadish Palanisamy. The film’s music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander and the cinematographer is Sathyan Sooryan. While Philomin Raj is the editor, Sathees Kumar is the art director of Master.
Makers of Master who had earlier in the year stated that the film release only in theatres, were unavailable for comments on the new official release date. The production company backing the film XB Film Creators, while they have not yet confirmed the release date, wrote on social media on Monday that an update regarding the film’s release will be posted on its page on Tuesday.