Maara (2021) movie review: A remake that is beautifully made
Love. It is such a small word yet can create innumerable interpretations, expressions, complications, and perceptions. It is always a pure feeling. Sometimes this love needs no labeling. And sometimes, this love finds you in mysterious ways sweeping you off your feet onto your partner.
Now, based on such themes is Maara, a 2021 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Dhilip Kumar and produced by Prateek Chakravorty and Shruti Nallappa of Pramod Films.
The film is an adaptation of the Malayalam film Charlie (2015) directed by Martin Prakkat. The film was a success and has won 8 awards at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Charlie was remade into Marathi as Deva and now in Tamil as Maara.
Maara: Cast and crew
Let me quickly get you all through the review of the movie that was the most awaited film in South India.
Director: Dhilip Kumar
Producers: Prateek Chakravorty and Shruti Nallappa
Writers: Bipin and Dhilip Kumar
Cast: Madhavan, Shraddha Srinath, Sshivada, Abhirami, and Mouli
Music Director: Ghibran
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan and Karthik Muthukumar
When Paaru (Shraddha Srinath) sees a fictional story she had heard from a stranger as a child painted on the walls of a multi-cultural fishing hamlet in Kerala, she sets herself on a journey in search of the man who painted it.
Dhilip Kumar, in his directorial debut, has definitely managed to provide a better version of the movie. I really loved how the movie goes about unraveling different subplots and keeps us, the audience glued to the screen. The film consists of so many characters and each of these characters has something or the other to offer to us.
What impressed me the most was how these characters carried their own importance throughout the film. There was not a single instance where I felt this character was unnecessary.
The film manages to make us laugh with its light comedy and overwhelms us with all the emotions. So, Dhilip Kumar has absolutely done a very good job as a director as well as a writer.
Madhavan has all my heart guys! His character, the way he has played Maara, the expressions, the acting, his involvement in the movie has left me speechless. Let me tell you that you are going to fall in love with Madhavan. Not a warning but more like a disclaimer that Madhavan is going to make you fall for him with his brilliant acting and his handsomeness.
Shraddha Srinath has given a stellar performance. Y’all are going to live the character of Paaru. The grace with which she carries herself in the film is going to impress you for sure!
The supporting cast is amazing, especially Mouli and Alexander Babu, and Abhirami who have given the best performance.
Maara: Music and Cinematography
The music given by Ghibran is so soothing. The songs are so enticing that it nearly takes you to another world. I have no words to describe the soulful songs that convey the emotions in that particular situation.
The cinematographers, Dinesh Krishnan and Karthik Muthukumar have done a wonderful job. The locations shown in this film is like a painting. Most of the sequences happen in Kerala. So the beauty of this magical place is wonderfully shown through the lens.
The film has a lot to give us, love, laughter, pain, patience, and most importantly the beauty of LIFE. So the real beauty of the film lies in its simplicity and the portrayal of emotions. Maara is such a soulful film. Although, the audience might feel it is a little slow I think the director has not rushed anything as there is so much in the film. I felt it has not overlapped anywhere.
I am going to suggest you to watch the film if you are someone who likes watching romance, drama and something you want to feel connected to. We will be back soon with some more reviews and suggestions for movies for you all. Until then, keep watching movies and take care.
Background score- 4/5
Overall ratings- 8.5/10
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