My decide this week is the Tamil blockbuster Master on Amazon Prime Video. First, a confession. I noticed the Hindi dub of Grasp when the movie launched theatrically. An excessive amount of was misplaced in translation. However I’m an important lover of masala films and a latest convert to the cult of the celebrity Vijay. So I made a decision to provide it another shot – I watched it on Amazon Prime Video, in Tamil with English subtitles and this was a way more pleasing expertise.
Vijay performs the titular Grasp. His identify is JD. He’s the dean of scholar affairs at a university. The scholars adore him however the administration dislikes him. As a result of JD is a drunk. Put up 6 pm, he’s incoherent. However earlier than that he’s a lovable, laid-back, inspiring instructor. The primary hour of the movie focuses on JD’s life within the faculty however then he will get shifted to a authorities juvenile commentary house. The boys right here, from the youngest to the oldest, are being utilized by a dreaded prison Bhavani to function his huge empire. At first, JD has no intentions of making an attempt to reform and even train them. He’s pleased to snooze and booze via his time period. However when he understands the extent of the injury that Bhavani is inflicting, he turns into a person on a mission and goes on a warpath in opposition to him.
Bhavani is performed by the terrific Vijay Sethupathi. The movie really begins together with his backstory. Author-Director Lokesh Kanagaraj understands that the extra highly effective the villain, the extra his hero will shine. He skillfully constructs the parable of Bhavani. Bhavani’s fists are deadly weapons. By way of the movie, we see him kill folks indiscriminately, some by merely punching them. Bhavani doesn’t drink and he wears Hindu, Christian and Muslim amulets round his neck. However there may be nothing good about him. He retains the boys in a haze of alcohol and medicines in order that they do his bidding. Once they don’t, he kills them with out hesitation. Sethupathi performs Bhavani with a menacing appeal. Within the climax, when Bhavani punches JD, I used to be really afraid for him.
Lokesh has a eager understanding of the vocabulary of masala. He builds a terrific entry scene for Vijay after which continues to pander to his outsize persona but additionally add new twists. JD has no backstory. In a single scene he says, “It’s not vital why I began ingesting, it’s vital why I finished.” The movie has a heroine – Charulatha performed by Malavika Mohanan – however there isn’t any love story. JD goes up in opposition to Bhavani as a result of he says, I’ve nobody to name my very own. In considered one of my favourite scenes, JD declares, “Bhavani says he’ll kill individuals who like me however thousands and thousands like me,” which is a intelligent hat tip to Vijay’s stardom. The music by Anirudh, particularly ‘Kutti Story’, is terrific.
Be warned that Grasp is sort of three hours lengthy. The size is punishing however the great thing about streaming is that you simply don’t should do all of it at one sitting. You’ll be able to see the movie on Amazon Prime Video.