Almost 1.5 months ago, when corona scare was in its initial stages in India and the lockdown was yet to be announced, mykollywood.com carried an article on 20th March stating that the release of Vijay-starrer ‘Master’, which was scheduled for April 9, was most likely to be delayed.
The article, pointing out some happenings of the past and quoting a few veterans, cited that the first look poster of the film, which looked blurred with Vijay appearing perplexed, as if he was in some hangover or in the middle of a problem, might be the reason behind the problems being faced by the film.
At that time, many accepted it though a few said the article was superstitious. And now, with the film’s release getting indefinitely postponed, a majority, including a few close to the movie’s team themselves, are of the opinion that the first look poster could be the reason.
“First look posters should be power-packed and energising. But, the first look poster of ‘Master’ was straight opposite. Henceforth, movie teams should come out with bright and positive posters,” opines a veteran film journalist.
Troubles for ‘Master’ started soon after the first look poster was released. First, there were Income Tax raids on Vijay and others associated with the film. Vijay was brought to Chennai all the way from the sets of ‘Master’ in Neyveli and was questioned by officials for hours. This was unprecedented for any actor in these parts.
The audio launch events of Vijay films used to be grand affairs in the recent past, with the participation of his fans in large numbers. But, the music release event of ‘Master’ ended up as a simple closed-door affair due to coronavirus and a few unwanted happenings earlier.
And Vijay himself regretted for not inviting his fans. Speaking at the audio launch, Vijay Sethupathi, who is said to be playing the antagonist in ‘Master’, invited controversy by speaking something against religion. The film’s producer Xavier too was trolled in memes for his speech at the function.
Then the film’s post production works and subsequently its release were halted due to coronavirus and lockdown. Recently, there was a buzz that the film, like Jyothika’s ‘Ponmagal Vandhaal’, would first be released on a digital platform before its theatrical release. However, sources close to the movie denied it.
Also, Vijay was unceremoniously trolled till he donated Rs 1.30 crore for coronavirus relief works. Shockingly, he was even more trolled after he made such a huge donation.
And, last but not the least, there is a personal setback for Vijay. His son Jason Sanjay, who is studying filmmaking at a university in Canada, is stranded in that country due to global lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Though Jason is said to be safe, it is said Vijay and other members of the family are concerned about him and are in regular touch with him. “They want him to reach India at the earliest,” sources said.
Vijay is currently staying at his ECR residence with his wife Sangeetha and daughter Divya Sasha. Meanwhile, all hopes are not last. ‘Master’, which was supposed to hit the screens on April 9 but could not do so due to lockdown, is now expected to see the light of the day on June 22, which happens to be the birthday of Vijay.
And, Vijay fans are planning to welcome the movie in a grand manner on their special day. At the same time, they also want their ‘thalapathy’ not to get caught in any controversies in future. “We will drop negativity and think positively,” they say. Vaazhthukkal, ‘nanba, nanbi’.
Tailpiece: Not just the makers of Vijay movies, others in the film industry too should also be careful about the way they conduct new film poojas, unveil first look posters and finalise release dates. Because, movies are being made on many crores of rupees and the lives and livelihood of thousands of people are at stake.