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Maara review: A rare remake that almost betters the original 

Release Date: 08 Jan 2020

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Haricharan Pudipeddi

Filmmaker Dhilip Kumar has introduced elements such as interesting new characters that make Maara completely his own.

Dhilip Kumar’s Maara, a Tamil adaptation of the Malayalam film Charlie, is a shining example of feel-good cinema. The filmmaker beautifully puts his own spin to the original story while retaining its magic. Dhilip Kumar is a sensible director, who, despite helming a remake, brings in elements — interesting new characters, for instance — that make Maara his own.    

The film is centred on Paaru (Shraddha Srinath), who comes across paintings of a fairytale she heard as a child on the walls of a hamlet in Kerala. Intrigued by the artworks and the person who created them, she sets out on a journey to find out more about him. Eventually, she finds herself face to face with the painter, Maara (R Madhavan), and as she learns more about him, she’s flabbergasted at the number of lives he has touched over the years. 

Maara is one of those rare remakes that almost supersede the original. In terms of storytelling, it doesn’t really push boundaries. However, it contains magical moments that are sprinkled evenly across the film, making it an endearing watch even when it meanders after a point. When it comes to remakes, most filmmakers tend to play it safe. However, Maara doesn’t take the tried-and-test route, giving the lead characters a different perspective and purpose. For instance, in Charlie, lead actor Dulquer Salmaan’s character is mostly enigmatic but this isn't the case with Madhavan, whose character is fleshed out better. The charming Madhavan plays a slightly older character than Dulquer but he is as charismatic as Dulquer.

Shraddha continues to impress by picking slightly off-beat but interesting roles in which she’s always a delight to watch. The supporting cast of Mouli, Abhirami and Alexander Babu makes a solid contribution to the film. Even though they appear in scenes here and there, the impact they leave is strongly felt. 

Maara is being streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

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