Being an official remake of the Malayalam hit Charlie, Maara has Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in the lead roles. The film is directed by Dhilip Kumar and arrived on Amazon Prime, on the 8th of January.
What is the story about?
Paaru (Shraddha Srinath) works at a company which restores old places and ruins. After coming across paintings that remind her of the stories that she heard in her childhood, she goes in search of the artist in Maara (Madhavan) and the stories that he left behind. The film travels through the different characters in Maara’s life, and the road that leads up to Paaru meeting him.
Taking its backbone out of the Malayalam film Charlie, Maara takes itself through a path less traveled in Tamil cinema – a laid-back feel good drama that pins in its points one by one, and helps us get to the underbelly of the story only at the end. With the help of some brilliant visuals and charming music, we are led to the back stories of Maara and the world around him. While the characters in the first half of the film fail to pique our interest, the second half gets comparatively better and ultimately manages to click with our emotions in bits and pieces. However, the unevenness in the film is surely a negative that should have been tinkered, without which the film works out only in parts. Maara would have been a better film if the events would have been penned in an increasingly interesting manner. Right now, it just hangs on to the life of the original and the presence of the artists that it has.
It is Shraddha Srinath who takes away the majority of our attention, looking absolutely gorgeous onscreen and also pulling off a very convincing performance. Though she is not present for the entirety of the second half, she does make a very strong impact in the film. On the other hand is Madhavan, who is not at his best but does fit the bill here with his charm adding to the greener side. Sshivada is definitely the next best name on the list, as she gets a thick role to play and does it expectedly well. The rest of the cast including Mouli are just about adequate and do not contribute big to the film’s totality.
Music & Other Departments
Ghibran’s extraordinary score is definitely the lifeline of the film, which splendid songs such as Oru Arai, O Azhage and Theeranadhi scoring big time and adding value to the visuals. He proves that he is a specialist for such love stories, with his calm and soothing compositions working wonders throughout. The visuals of the film captured by Dinesh Krishnan and Karthik Muthukumar are solid, with the bright colors and uncommon style smacking some really good things together.
Shraddha Srinath’s glowing presence and the superb musical work by Ghibran are the high points.
The film’s tempo keeps shifting up and down, without maintaining things at the right pace.
Did I enjoy it?
The film does give you reasons to like it, but sadly, it doesn’t hold onto our minds for long.
Do I recommend it?
Not quite. Despite a few sparks, Maara is a film which might just test your patience in many parts, you might be better off watching the original instead.