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Vijay's Master will not be released directly online, producer Lalit Kumar clarifies

Talking to a leading Tamil daily, Lalit Kumar refuted the rumour about Master being released on Amazon Prime Video in a deal worth Rs125 crore this month.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Lalit Kumar, one of the producers of the upcoming big-budget Tamil film Master (2020), has clarified that the team has no plan to release the Vijay-starrer directly on any OTT platform.

Lalit Kumar confirmed that the film will be released in theatres after the lockdown. Talking to a leading Tamil daily, he refuted the rumour about Master being released directly on Amazon Prime Video this month.

“No, we don’t have any plans of releasing Master directly on any OTT platform," Lalit Kumar said. "The film will be released in theatres after the lockdown.”

Apparently, the makers of Master were offered a deal of Rs125 crore to allow Amazon Prime Video to stream the film directly without a theatrical release. These reports have been put to rest by Lalit Kumar.

Master, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, stars Vijay as a college professor. Vijay Sethupathi will be seen playing the antagonist. Malavika Mohanan, who made her debut in Tamil cinema with Rajinikanth’s Petta (2019), plays the leading lady. The film also stars Andrea Jeremiah in a key role.

Vijay's previous release on the big screen was the Atlee-directed Bigil (2019) in dual roles. He was seen playing father and son and both characters were received well by audiences.

Bigil, which also starred Jackie Shroff and Nayanthara, went on to collect over Rs300 crore at the box office to become the highest grossing Tamil film of 2019.

Meanwhile, Vijay will most likely team up with filmmaker Sudha Kongara for his next yet-untitled Tamil project. Talks have been initiated. Interestingly, if the project materializes, it will be Vijay’s maiden collaboration with a female director.

Sun Pictures will be bankrolling the project. An official announcement regarding this is expected to be made this month. It is learnt from reliable sources that Sun Pictures has already paid an advance of Rs50 crore to Vijay as remuneration for the project.

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