Maara review – Lacks the complete soul and feel of the original

Title: Maara
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Madhavan, Shraddha Srinath, Mouli, Sshivada, Guru Somasundaram, Kishore
Director: Dhilip Kumar
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Tamil

Story: Paaru/Parvati (Shraddha Srinath) works in the restoration department and leaves home to avoid marriage. She goes to a new place and stays at a house which belongs to Maara (Madhavan). She discovers a painting by Maara, which depicts a story which was told to Paaru when she was a kid. This raises her curiosity and she starts her search for Maara. Did she find him or not and what did she discover about him in the process forms the story.

Performances: Madhavan has done his part well but he seemed a bit too old and classy to play the role of a free-spirited lad. Shraddha Srianth has done her job neatly. Mouli is excellent in an important role and all scenes involving him are some of the better parts in the film. The remaining supporting actors don’t have much scope to perform.

Technicalities: Camerawork and music are two main pillars of the film. The visuals and locations are too beautiful and make the entire film a visual feast. Ghibran’s songs are passable but his background score is excellent. Editing could have been better as a shorter runtime would have done absolutely no harm to the film. Too many long conversations have ruined the mood and flow of the film to an extent. Production values and art work are excellent.

Analysis: Maara is an adaptation of Malayalam film Charlie. Charlie is a feel good drama which deals with love in general and not a typical love story between hero and heroine. Music, visuals, performances and emotional depth played the key to success of that film. In Maara, except the music and visuals, all other departments are lagging behind by a couple of notches. The soul, mood and feel of the original are missing in the film. The casting, performances, dialogues and execution – everything create a kind of half-hearted feel and that makes it hard for us to connect with the film and it’s characters beyond a point. Shorter runtime, more stress on dialogues and strong emotional connect would have made this film come out a lot better. The entire film is slow paced but that starts acting as a problem only in the second half. Climax is good but due to the above mentioned reasons, it is hard to connect wholeheartedly with it. Irrespective of whether you have watched Charlie or not, this film might end up as an okay or decent watch at best.

On a whole: Maara is a strictly okay watch. With a shorter runtime and better emotional depth, it could have created a more satisfying experience.

Rating: 2.5/5

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