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There were no raids back then, quips Vijay at Master audio launch

If the clothes we wear are a reflection of our state of mind, then Tamil actor Vijay was sharp as a tack at the audio launch of Master held on Sunday. Not every day, he dresses in a suit. But, by his own admission, he wanted to dress sharp like his friend Ajith. Not only did fans get to see Vijay explore his wardrobe, but they were also treated to a burst of impromptu dance to a folk number from Master’s music album.

The last memory of Vijay dancing before a live crowd was about three years ago. In 2017, during an award function in Chennai, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan persuaded Vijay to shake a leg with him. He sort of awkwardly obliged King Khan. However, during Sunday’s event, the actor, along with composer Anirudh Ravichander and co-star Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, showcased some groovy moves to the beats of “Vaathi Coming”, without any prompting.

He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to fans. The actor noted that the loyalty of fans to him was on a “different level”, referring to the support that he received when he was whisked away by income tax officers to his Chennai residence from the shooting spot in Neyveli.

He also thanked his uncle Xavier Britto, who has produced Master. “This movie is for you, uncle,” said the star noting that Xavier supported him during the early days of his career.

The actor is playing the role of a college professor in the movie, which boasts of an all-star cast. “I wondered from the beginning why Vijay Sethupathi would agree to act in this movie?” he remarked.

“He has a huge market and there is no need for him to play a negative role in this movie. So I always wanted to ask him, why? And when I did, he touched me with a simple response.