Maestro review – Satisfying remake with strong performances

Title: Maestro
Rating: 3/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Nithiin, Tamannah Bhatia, Nabha Natesh, Naresh, Jisshu Sengupta, Harsha Vardhan, Mangli, Sreemukhi, Racha Ravi
Director: Merlapaka Gandhi
Streaming on: Hotstar
Language: Telugu

Story: Arun (Nithiin) is a pianist leading his life acting as a blind man. He visits the house of an actor for a private concert on his anniversary and just then unexpected events occur and his life changes forever. What happened at that house and how did Arun save himself from the mess he got into forms the rest of the film.

Performances: Nithiin has revealed his unknown side with this film. He has mostly been doing masala entertainers or rom-coms for years and now he gets a chance to do a challenging and focused role and he has done really well. Though not on par with Ayushmann Khurrana, he has done an impressive job. Same with Tamannah. Though she doesn’t match the incredible act by Tabu, she was good enough and passes the test. Her efforts to contribute through her own dubbing in a film like this is commendable but her diction is slightly off at times. Nabha Natesh, Naresh and Jisshu Sengupta are neat. Harsha Vardhan, Mangli, Sreemukhi and Racha Ravi are good in short yet important roles.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good. Mahati Swara Sagar’s background score is top-notch and shouldered the film. The editing is impressive. Production values are a bit weak and it is one of the few reasons why this film couldn’t match the original Andhadhun in terms of overall quality. The story of the film is shown to be happening in Goa but not even a single character on screen is from Goa. Don’t know why they went with a Goa backdrop when everyone in the film are pure native Telugu speaking people. Most of the scenes are clearly shot in Hyderabad but shown as Goa which ruined the authenticity of the film a bit.

Analysis: This film is a remake of the Bollywood thriller Andhadhun, which created ripples for it’s thrilling screenplay and twists. Maestro follows the same pattern without any changes. The only difference is the climax which has been ended with proper closure and clarity unlike the original version, which became the talk of the town for it’s open ending. This climax might feel unnecessary and like spoon-feeding for those who have watched the original but it will appeal to first-time viewers. All the intense moments and twists and turns have been executed as effectively as the original version and kudos to director Merlapaka Gandhi for putting in his best efforts to save the essence of the film. The director has received good support from his cast and crew, which has resulted in this satisfying remake. There are no major dull moments and the film is engaging from start to end and gripping during all the intense portions.

On a whole: Maestro is a solid remake with strong performances. A sure shot engaging watch if you haven’t watched the original yet and a worthy watch if you wish to revisit.

Rating: 3/5

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