Cast: Dhanush, Malavika Mohanan, Smruthi Venkat, Samuthirakani, Ameer Sultan, Aadukalam Naren, Ramki, Mahendran
Director: Karthick Naren
Streaming On: Hotstar
Release Date: 11th March, 2022
Story: Maaran (Dhanush) is an investigative journalist and his motto is to deliver only the truth to the public, a quality which he inherited from his father. This motto lands him in trouble while investigating a high-profile scam. How does he come clean from the mess he lands in, forms the rest of the story.
Performances: Dhanush has done a neat job in a role that doesn’t exploit the actor in him even one bit. Malavika Mohanan doesn’t have any scope to perform and she did not add any value to the film. Smruthi Venkat as Dhanush’s sister was good and is the only person who got some scope to perform. Samuthirakani, Ameer, Aadukalam Naren, Bose Venkat, Mahendran and several other known artists are completely wasted in roles that are written poorly and given very little scope to perform or even appear on the screen.
Analysis: Maaran is written by director Karthick Naren along with a few other talented writers. There is nothing in the writing which suggests that it’s written by a group of young and talented writers. In fact, even one person is more than sufficient to pen a half-baked script like this. This film aims to be an investigative action thriller with some emotions. The brother-sister portions were done sensibly because of which the first half is watchable enough but the film lacks strong thrills or high points. The fight sequences and GV Prakash’s background score are good. Apart from these, there is nothing working in favour of the film. Logic is completely forgotten and it goes to a laughable extent towards the climax.
Weak characterisations and conflict
Verdict: Maaran is a forgettable outing for everyone involved, especially Dhanush and Karthick Naren. It is half-baked and lacks the most basic elements required to make a screenplay work. Short runtime saved the film from becoming a total bore-fest.