‘Maestro’ movie review: Sincere and ambitious.

Hello, friends today in this blog we review the movie Maestro that is good to watch or not.

Nithiin scores in the ‘Andhadhun’ Telugu remake, which leaves no room for ambiguity in the end

Maestro movie details

Director Merlapaka Gandhi

cast Nithiin, Tamannaah Bhatia, Nabha Natesh
Direction: Merlapaka Gandhi
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

whose home production has backed Maestro, deserve a pat on the back for trying to recreate writer-director Sriram Raghavan’s brilliant black comedy Andhadhun, in Telugu. If you’ve seen the original, you might agree that it takes guts to even attempt to match that vision.

One could argue that when the original is available to view digitally, do we need a remake that takes a direct-to-digital route (Disney+ Hotstar)? But for the business constraints during the pandemic, Maestro would have been a theatrical release, taking the story to newer pockets of Telugu film viewers. That’s a different issue altogether

Maestro is set in Goa where pianist Arun (Nithiin) tries to create music with the utmost focus, play-acting to be blind to avoid distractions. He falls in love with Sophie (Nabha Natesh), whose father runs a restaurant. Arun hopes that his music can help reverse the fortunes of the restaurant. Here, he meets yesteryear actor Mohan (V K Naresh). An invitation to play at a private concert in Mohan’s residence changes everything for Arun.

A photograph of ‘maestro’ Ilaiyaraaja is prominently placed on Arun’s piano. It’s also apt that the yesteryear actor’s character is named Mohan, perhaps also alluding to the 80s when Ilaiyaraaja’s music helped ‘mike’ Mohan deliver superhit Tamil films. There are throwbacks to V K Naresh’s own earlier Telugu hits too. Tamanaah plays Mohan’s sultry young wife Simran. Jisshu Sengupta is the police officer and Ananya Nagalla is Mohan’s daughter.

The moral compass stays skewed for most of the characters, be it Arun, Simran, Bobby or later the organ-harvesting doctor (Harshavardhan), lottery ticket seller (Mangli) and the auto driver Murali (Racha Ravi). The one who is most
unapologetic about her deeds, driven only by a survival instinct, is Simran.

Nithiin seems to have enjoyed being part of a story that stands out from mainstream Telugu films, and Nabha is at ease playing the girlfriend. It isn’t a complicated part and she does well. It is appreciable that Tamannaah has dubbed herself, but her laboured Telugu diction doesn’t cut it. Alas, she is no Tabu.

The biggest tweak from the original comes at the fag end. Andhadhun’s end sparked off many theories. Sriram Raghavan had stated that the intention was to leave it open to interpretation. Merlapaka Gandhi, though, leaves no room for ambiguity.

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