EXCLUSIVE: Master director Lokesh Kanagaraj on Thalapathy Vijay doing films in different genres
The excitement among 'Thalapathy' Vijay's fans is at an all-time high as his highly-anticipated mass masala action entertainer, Master, is gearing up for a thunderous worldwide release this Pongal on January 13. The first of the many promos was released on Tuesday for the upcoming film directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj under Xavier Britto's XB Film Creators banner, which is being distributed by Lalit Kumar's 7 Screen Studios banner and features Anirudh Ravichander's chart-buster music. As the hype for i, which also includes 'Makkal Selvan' Vijay Sethupathi who plays the antagonist in the film, continues to shoot up, Lokesh Kanagaraj is the man of the hour as his next work with the two superstars is much-awaited after his acclaimed debut, Maanagaram, in 2017 and Kaithi in 2019.
Lokesh Kanagaraj recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Galatta and spoke about the entire filming process of Master as well his up-close experience with Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi. In that light, the Kaithi director was asked the kind of films and genres Vijay is interested to act in considering his Master is a step in a different direction from the superstar's previous ventures. Revealing that there is nothing holding him back from doing films in different genres, Lokesh Kanagaraj states, "Vijay has watched all of his films and told him that he enjoyed Kaithi a lot. There aren't any restrictions for him to do a film. If he wants to do a particular type of film, he can do it in any genre. There is one important point to note though: the business around him and the market. Now, there is COVID-19. But, up until his previous film Bigil, if we look at them from a business perspective, it has only gotten bigger. I don't know whether he can all of a sudden change and do an experimental film. It will be a step by step approach for him as he has an audience in all classes. As a result, he has to make films that satisfy all sets of audiences. Right from little kids to the young and old alike, they will want to go to theatres and watch his films. So, if he is going to make a film that is a step away from this region, it could be a constraint for him. It will raise one question - which particular audience is this film being made for? I believe this could be his thought and this is my perspective. But, I think he has begun taking steps in a new direction."
Watch Lokesh Kanagaraj speak about Master in detail in the interview below:
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