135 minutes | Crime -thriller | 17-09-2021
Cast – Nithiin, Tamannah, Nabha Natesh, Harshavardhan, Mangli and others
Manager – Merlapaka Gandhi
Producer – Sudhakar Reddy Nikitha Reddy
Banner – Refresh movie
Music – Mahati Swara Sagar
Nithiin’s Maestro is an official remake of Bollywood’s successful crime thriller Andhadhun, made by this genre specialist Sriram Raghavan. Director Merlapaka Gandhi directed the Telugu version with Nithiin, while the whole team strongly managed to convey to us that they completely go after the original as they did not want to take the blame if the changes ruin the film if they made any. Maestro came to the audience with the OTT release and let us see how the film is.
What is it about?
A pianist Arun (Nithiin) appears to be blind for his own reasons. He meets Sophie (Nabha Natesh), who is a restaurateur and gets to work at her restaurant as a pianist. A regular visitor to the venue, veteran actor Mohan (Naresh) is impressed with Arun’s music and asks him for a private concert for himself and his wife Simran (Tamannah) in his house. Arun commits, but sees a murder on the spot, and yet another similar incident gets him completely entangled in the difficult mystery. While his struggles to get out of it reach the top, he goes blind, this time in earnest. How he overcomes all this, and how he may survive in the midst of many twists, forms the story.
Nithiin looked stylish and very good as a blind person. Although he has been given the reference on how to do it from the original, Nithiin has done it with ease and balance. His maturity in the play is visible.
Tamannah is good in the role of a femme fatale, but her telugu accent and expression in some scenes appear as a mismatch. She tried well for the role but was not able to match it with Tabus performance and also oomph.
Nabha Natesh is okay in the role of Arun’s love interest. She looked okay. Jishhnu Sen Gupta, Sreemukhi, Naresh and Harshavardhan are appropriate and they performed well in their respective roles. Singer Mangli performed well in the role of the lottery ticket seller, and she behaved like an experienced actress. Her Telangana accent is a plus for her role. Although it is a remake, the choice of actors to replace that cast from the original is perfect.
Maestro’s technical values are high. The film is colorful and beautiful in every setting. From costumes to colors, the Maestro is impressive. Songs are just fine, but the background music is good and keeps the flow going. There are many songs in the original and most of them are chartbusters.
Since Maestro is a remake, Maestro will definitely draw comparisons from the original film. The creators must have decided to recreate that frame for image, and they did it the most. From Goa’s background to the similar places used in the original and certain frames for many dialogues, Maestro is a frame to frame and word to word remake.
When the plot is the same, the next stop for comparison would be on star throw, where Maestro did well and came out spotless.
Tamannah & Nithiin
Braking in the second half
Maestro is a multi-layered film with unexpected yet gripping plot points. The director made sure that he presented it in the same way as the original so much that he cut the trailer exactly the same as Andhadhuns. No complaints because the team previously left the message that the remake file will either be called an ‘exact copy’ or ‘spoiled’ if changes are made from the original.
The director could have changed one or two scenes in the second half, which goes a little slow on a few scenes, but he chose to keep the original in each image. There are some minor changes like Nabha Natesh’s introductory scene that do not help much to make it better. Most of the audience may have already seen Andhadhun, and these comparisons are inevitable. Some scenes that are exactly the same as Mrs. D’Souza who asked the inspector to question Simran ‘randomly’, Aishwarya Rai photo on the back of the auto-rickshaw, which could have been modified to avoid criticism of xerox – copying.
So comparisons from each other, Maestro is one of the very few crime thrillers that has the subtle delivery on telugu. It has an intriguing plot of a blind person acting like that with his own logic about doing it, but slipping into neck-deep issues before he really goes blind. While this is only the basic intro to the plot, the second half deals with many twists at a later time, all of which were treated well.
For those who have seen Andhadhun, the scenes where the protagonist’s blind cover is blown up miss the magic of Maestro. Also, the role of Nabha Natesh appears more passive than involved in many parts. Radhika Apte’s character is connected to the audience in Hindi, but Nabha Natesh looked more artificial in her role. Also, the romantic scenes in Radhika Apte and the glamor of Tabu made the original more attractive, and the lack of them in Maestro is a kind of imperfection.
The interval bang brings a lot of twists and surprises to the second half than the first. So accommodating them all with many delplots slows the second half a bit. Little actors like Harshavardhan, Mangli and others are going to have crucial parts to play in the film in the second half.
For audiences who have not seen the original, this Maestro would be interesting with a lot of surprises. The neat script and cinematography also do well. They will enjoy and be fascinated by the plot strength with good twists. But for audiences who have already seen Andhadhun, the comparisons take the front seat and it’s up to them. Maestro release in theaters would have let the fingers cross as it is a remake of super hit movies in Hindi. The creators’ agreement to release on OTT is a wise choice.
Bottomline: Sincere and truthful remake
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