Maara movie review: A Beautiful Adage on Love & Life

Maara movie review

What: Dhilip Kumar’s adaptation of the 2015 Malayalam gem Charlie featuring Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath wins heart.  

Maara movie synopsis

When restoration artist Paaru (Shraddha Srinath) sees a fairy tale she heard from a stranger as a child painted across the walls of a coastal town, she goes in search of the man who painted it-Maara (Madhavan).

Maara movie review

An adaptation of the 2015 Malayalam gem Charlie by Martin Prakkat, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy that walked with 8 awards at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

One movie old Dhilip Kumar (Kalki previous) showcases maturity in its adaptation that respects the soul of the original and comes out with an emotionally satisfying and deep understanding of love and humanity. Dhilip underlines his own distinctive style of narration that is primarily based on quest marvellously weaving together a magnificent tapestry of fairy tale with an affectionate wink to the magic of cinema while it pays homage to those classical stories of love and humanity.


Madhavan wins your heart and charms throughout.

Shraddha Srinath is fantastic. Sshivada shines. Mouli and Padmavati Rao are outstanding.

Supporting cast such as Alexander Babu as Thief, Abhirami   as Selvi, Guru Somasundaram as Chokku, M.S. Baskar as Usman Bhai, Kishore Kumar David and Minon as Young Maara chip in with good support.


Dinesh Krishnan and Karthik Muthukumar

Cinematography is like a picturesque postcard. Editing by Bhuvan Srinivasan is in sync. Special mention for Ghibran’s music is a must.

Any memorable dialogue/scene

Last 20 minutes is pure magic.  

Scene that should have been deleted at once



Length might become an issue for some. Why the granny goes silent is not clear.

Final words

If you love life and love the beauty of cinema than Maara is for you.


Rating : 4/5

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