Director Merlapaka Gandhi's Maestro is the official Telugu remake of the Hindi blockbuster Andhadhun. Now, Andhadhun is not unknown to people down South. The film's rave reviews made people curious and pushed them to head to the theatres and Netflix to watch it. Andhadhun is now being remade in multiple languages. The first remake is the Telugu film, Maestro, starring Nithiin, Tamannaah and Nabha Natesh.
When Maestro was announced, it raised one pertinent question: What is the point of this remake when the original is there for everybody to watch? However, this seems to be a norm these days. With Maestro, director Merlapaka Gandhi and the team have recreated (well, almost) the magic of Andhadhun.
Andhadhun follows the story of pianist Arun (Nithiin), who pretends to be blind. He witnesses the murder of ageing actor Mohan (Naresh) by his young wife Simran (Tamannaah) and CI Bobby (Jisshu Sengupta). When Arun goes to the police station to report the murder, he gets entangled in multiple life-threatening situations.
For the most part, Maestro stays true to Andhadhun and that is one of the biggest plus points of the film. Director Merlapaka Gandhi retained the core of the original and added a few minor changes without taking away the essence. What lacked in Maestro is the technical finesse that could have amplified the overall effect of the film.
The background music begins even before the scene actually starts. This pushes you to be prepared for what's to come in the following scenes. There are certain emotional additions that bring down the dark comedy factor in the film.
Nithiin's restrained acting as Arun stood out in the film. Except for the emotional scenes, he delivered a neat performance. Tamannaah isn't as effective as Tabu was. Though Tamannaah emoted well, her Telugu diction (she dubbed for herself) failed her.
Nabha Natesh got lost in the thick of things despite having a decent role. This is where Radhika Apte stood out in Andhadhun. Even though the focus was on Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, she held her ground with her performance.
For those who have watched Andhadhun, Maestro could be a watered-down version of the original. But for those who haven't watched Andhadhun, Maestro gives a peek into genius director Sriram Raghavan's head. Overall, Maestro is a faithful remake of Andhadhun.
3 out of 5 stars for Maestro.