Nithiin and Tamannaah’s Andhadhun remake imitates all frames and still lacks the original

Movie: Maestro
Maestro Cast: Nithiin, Tamannaah Bhatia, Nabha Natesh, Jisshu Sengupta, Sreemukhi, Harsha Vardhan, Mangli, Racha Ravi, Naresh
Master Director: Manu Ashokan
Where to see: Disney + Hotstar
Review of: Russel D’Silva

Andhadhun will not only remain one of the best movies in Bollywood history or Indian cinema for a while, but honestly it is up there with the world’s best cinemas ever. To put it bluntly, it is a very tough action to follow. Then Nithiin, Tamannaah Bhatia and Nabha Natesh’s Telugu remake, Maestro, written and directed by Merlapaka Gandhi, manages to make a fist of it. Unfortunately, the apple falls very, very far from the tree in this case.

So you’re excited about what to see this weekend, or what to see this week, and are you wondering if Maestro is worth your time? Scroll down for my full Maestro review …

What is it about

For those who have not seen Andhradhun, Maestro is about a talented pianist, Arun (Nithiin), who pretends to be blind and thus lands a pleasant concert at a restaurant, only to later be involved as an eyewitness to the murder of the former movie star. Mohan (Naresh) by his wife, Simran (Tamannaah Bhatia) and her lover, Chief Inspector Ravindar (Jisshu Sengupta).

Watch the Maestro trailer below:

What’s hot

Most of the Maestro has been lifted frame-to-frame from Andhadhun, which is quite understandable, considering how best it is not to mess with mastery. Nevertheless, Merlapaka Gandhi and cowriter Sheik Dawood G introduce some changes, some of which are welcome. Among the other positive things are J. Yuvaraj’s camera work and SR Shekhar’s carvings, which both succeed in creating a visual appeal when the story dips and at the same time keep things going with a good click despite the fact that the direction does not always come to the party.

What not

So if Maestro has been mainly copied, what’s the problem then? Well, this is where the film works as a case study on how direction can make or break the best of scripts. The gap between Sriram Raghavan and Merlapaka Gandhi’s skills widens as the film progresses to the point where one wonders whether the latter simply stationed a camera and called it “action” and “cut”. All those wonderful pictures that know when to speed up or slow down the procedure, how long to extend the camera at a certain time, how to ingeniously pan the camera and expand angles that build up tension or evoke dark humor, all are missing from Maestro, fizzling it down to routine thriller.

Also, as serious as Nithiin is, and just as beautiful as Tamannaah and Nabha Natesh are, they simply cannot match how Ayushmaan Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte brought so much to the table with their expression and body language. Even the supporting players like Jisshu Sengupta, Sreemukhi, Harsha Vardhan, Mangli and Racha Ravi pale for their counterparts from the original. We wonder if it again has to do with direction. And while some changes to the script are welcome, the others seem forced, just added to show that we can do things differently.

BL Dom

Maestro is a classic case of how a remake rarely matched the original despite it going the same way due to the director shaking hands. I go with 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Evaluation :
2.5 out of 5

2.5 Star award

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