Maara (R Madhavan) is unconventional. He is a guy who invites a thief to party with him at home on New Year’s Eve.
Paaru (Shraddha Srinath), a restoration architect, decides to move to a new place to get away from a marriage proposal.
It is when Paaru moves into an old room that was once occupied by Maara, the story picks up pace. She chances upon an incomplete story that grabs her attention.
She also sees a fairytale she heard from a stranger as a child painted across the walls of a coastal town and goes in search of the man who painted it.
Paaru, on her way to finding her man, finds several people who are influenced by his life.
Maara’s innocence and his ability to celebrate the positive side of life make her fall in love with him.
Director Dhilip Kumar’s casting is one of the biggest assets of the film as both Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath delivered what they were expected to without going overboard.
Madhavan is appropriately loose-limbed and dishy, as he ambles through the film, spreading grizzled, warm charm. Shraddha Srinath is solid in her role, and the way she conveys Paru’s feelings when she stumbles upon Maara’s paintings is so subtle and so effective.
The cinematography, by Dinesh Krishnan and Karthik Muthukumar, is a rich palette of colours with the lighting adding warmth to the visuals. Ghibran’s evocative music only enhances the joie de vivre that is an undercurrent of this tale.
Maara: Colourful and poetic
Rating: 3 out of 5