The excitement surrounding the release of Thalapathy Vijay's Master directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj is at an all-time high in Tamil cinema. It is the first big Indian film to have a tentpole pan-Indian release in theatres after the pandemic altered the dynamics of the movie business in the last few months, necessitating a paradigm shift in the industry. Apart from the Tamil original version, Master will have Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam dubbed versions as well. The team has been earnestly promoting the film over the past week or so across all platforms. Vijay Sethupathi, Malavika Mohanan, and Andrea Jeremiah are the other big noteworthy names in the ensemble cast.
Firstpost caught up with Andrea Jeremiah and Malavika Mohanan on their experience of being part of Tamil cinema's first major theatrical release in 2021, working with Kollywood's new-gen filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj, and sharing the screen with Thalapathy Vijay for the first time.
Andrea, who is generally known to be elusive when it comes to her media interactions, opened up about her role in Master. About her restrained choices of films and how she came on board for a star-driven vehicle in Master, Andrea said, "That's not entirely true. Aayirathil Oruvan was a commercial film, as was Aranmanai. Vada Chennai was an intelligently made film, but a commercial one nonetheless."
Andrea Jeremiah | Image from Instagram
She further added: "For a while, yes, I wasn't really a part of these so-called 'mass' films. But that's more because I have been labelled as someone who doesn't do commercial films. The truth is, any film that runs well at the box-office is commercial. In today's world, the lines have been blurred. And as an artist, my only prerogative is to do good work, to constantly challenge myself in every film that I do. And by those standards, Master fit the bill for me."
On the other hand, Master marks Malavika Mohanan's sophomore project in Tamil after Superstar Rajinikanth's Petta, where she appeared briefly in the flashback portion alongside Sasikumar. Malavika plays a college lecturer in the film, which is jointly produced by Lalit Kumar's Seven Screen Studio and Xavier Britto's XB Film Creators. Malavika candidly admits that she has only a small role in Master which is widely being touted as this big showdown and shootout between Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.