Watch Maaran, Dhanush’s actioner with merely flash and little substance, in our review.
In addition to Jagame Thandhiram and Atrangi Re, Dhanush is back with yet another OTT release. He had planned to release Maaran, his third OTT film, in theatres. However, the creators decided against it. It’s for this reason that we have an answer. A cliffhanger begins to unfold in the first 10 minutes of the film, and the audience is led on a roller coaster journey from there. Maaran, sadly, is one of those flicks that leaves you doubting your own existence.
A trustworthy investigative journalist, Ramki (Sathyamoorthy) He is assassinated as a result of publishing what he knew to be true. He reminds his son Mathimaaran (Dhanush) one last time before he passes away that honesty and intelligence go hand in hand. During the same time that Sathyamoorthy is being assassinated, his wife Shweta is dying in the hospital from the complications of giving birth to their daughter (Smruthi Venkat). Mathimaaran takes care of his younger sister as expected.
When he becomes a writer like his father, it has an impact on his younger sister as well. During the election, Mathimaaran reveals the plot of the politician Pazhani, (Samuthirakani) to win by manipulating the EVMs. While trying to publish the truth, Mathimaaran ends up in hot water. You get 10 points if you guessed that his sister would be kidnapped.
Maaran, the film directed by Karthick Naren, is all about the looks. This was true even in his earlier film, Mafia: Chapter 1. Moreover, it’s time for the filmmaker to realise that style alone isn’t enough to sway the public. If you were to describe Maaran’s storey as cliche, you would be doing it an injustice. You can predict every scenario from the beginning, and by the time the confrontation occurs, you’ve already grown tired of this boring film.
An investigation is taking place, and there is a lot of action. But none of it affects you since you already know the answer. No emotion is felt when a director adds the so-called “twists and turns.” The build-up and logic leading up to the disclosure are ludicrous. The sequence in which Ameer explains why he kidnaps Dhanush’s sister is one to keep an eye out for.
Even Dhanush’s acting couldn’t save the picture because the character’s script is so awful. Maaran’s intelligence is the focus of the film. Maaran is constantly one step ahead of the cops, and he uses this advantage to his advantage. Instead of being astonished by the twist, you laugh out loud throughout that scene.
More is not always better when it comes to Malavika Mohanan. She doesn’t have a decent introduction, and she doesn’t have a memorable role. Just chewing bubble gum and being Maaran’s adoring lover are all she does. A hefty role awaits Smruthi Venkat as Dhanush’s sister in the film.
Maaran’s supporting cast includes Samuthirakani, Ameer, Aadukalam Naren, Ramki, and Bose Venkat, among others. However, none of them had characters capable of evoking positive thoughts about the film, let alone evoking negative ones.
Maaran, which has a running time of two and a half hours, should have been a gripping thriller. However, it seems as if an interminable period of time has elapsed.
Maaran receives 1.5 out of 5 reviewer stars.
Maaran is available on the Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform.
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