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Maaran’ movie review: A passive Dhanush tries to keep you invested in an incomplete film

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On the surface, you could say that Maaran is a thriller about an investigative journalist facing the heat from a politician for his ‘explosive’ report against him.

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But the real thrill for us is to investigate the events that came about sanctioning a budget for an incomplete work by a director who once made a cracking debut. 

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Maaran, by all means, looks like a terrible mish mash of scenes stitched together in a haphazard manner in order to meet the deadline. In that sense,

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it definitely belongs to editor Prasanna GK, for Karthick Naren and team must have figured out what sort of a film they were making in the first place, only at the edit table.

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Not to take anything away from the technicians involved and their hard work, but this film should have been scrapped even before it took off. I use the word ‘scrap’ because Maaran’s script

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has a giant pothole at the centre: the absence of a central idea; the womb of the story or soul — whatever you call it. What hurts is, nobody including Karthick Naren seems to have realised

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this when they still had a chance.Before they got along to write, I would imagine the discussion room to be something like this: “Okay boys, we have got the dates of Dhanush and

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Samuthirakani today Come on, quick, suggest scenes” Maaran feels like the film that was written on the basis of the artist’s availability on a given day. How else would you justify?

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Let us take a 10-minute sequence in any film for instance. The rules of the screenplay is, the scene needs to move from Point A to Point B so that it sets up the next sequence. Notice how

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in Maaran, the scenes don’t segue right from the start. The transition from Point A to Point B doesn’t happen here since the filmmaker doesn’t even have an idea, except to make a movie

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about an investigative journalist. Why? Because investigative journalists are cool. Does the film at least stay true to that? No. After the first half hour or so, Dhanush as

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investigative journalist Maaran ceases to exist and Dhanush, the revenge-seeking Anna for his Thangachi, is at the forefront. Should we laugh? Cry? Or do both?