Master director Lokesh says the film will only release in theatres

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Filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj on Wednesday confirmed that his upcoming Tamil film Master, starring Vijay in the lead, will only release in theatres as opposed to recent rumours about the film skipping theatrical release and heading directly to an OTT platform.

Talking to reporters in Coimbatore, Lokesh said that Master will release in theatres and there’ll be no change in that.

This is the third time someone associated with Master has clarified about the film’s release. In July, producer Xavier Britto said that he has no plans to release Master on any OTT platform and only prefers bringing it to cinemas.

In an interview to Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, Xavier opened up about Master, which also stars Malavika Mohanan, Andrea Jeremiah and Vijay Sethupathi in key roles. “Master will only release in cinemas and we are ready to wait for everything to return to normal. We are eyeing Diwali 2020 or Pongal 2021 release but a final call can only be taken based on the coronavirus pandemic situation,” Britto said.

A couple of months ago, reports emerged that Master was offered a Rs 125 crore deal by Amazon Prime for an exclusive release. However, this report was eventually put to rest by the film’s executive producer Lalit.

Master, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, stars Vijay in the role of a college professor. Vijay Sethupathi will be seen playing the antagonist. Malavika Mohanan, who made her Tamil debut via Rajinikanth’s Petta, plays the female lead.

Meanwhile, Lokesh Kanagaraj will direct Kamal Haasan next for a yet-untitled Tamil project, which was announced last week. To be bankrolled by Raaj Kamal International, the film is tipped to be a gangster drama. Kamal Haasan took to Twitter and wrote: “Another journey begins”. He also shared the announcement poster.

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