Yesteryear film Maro Charitra (1978), directed by K Balachandar is like a dictionary for love subjects. The movie starred Kamal Haasan in the lead role as a protagonist and Saritha in the female lead. Later it was remade in Hindi as Ek Duuje Ke Liye in 1981.
Now producer Dil Raju has remade the film under the direction of Ravi Yadav in a way to suit the current generation. Varun Sandesh and Anita are playing the lead roles .
The story revolves around Balu (Varun) who falls in love at first sight with the neighboring girl Swapna (Anita). She too falls for him instantly. But Balu's father (Prathap) and Swapna"s mother, Durga (Urvashi) oppose their love. They ask them to remain separate for one year and after one year still if they are in love, they can get married, for which the couples agrees. What happens in one year forms the rest of the story.
Audience should not compare the artists or the film with the earlier version. In the first half of the movie, director has maintained a good rhythm in the story, it has a good flow But audience is tortured in second half. Specially, emotional scenes has lost its sensitivity and it makes mockery of classic version.
Varun Sandesh is energetic and has given reasonably okay performance but he gives an impression that he has not matured as a actor, specially while doing an emotional scenes. Because the movie is banking on emotions, he would have done some home work. Anita looks charming and seems has a long way to go. She should learn to dub her voice or else she may lose her credentials because the voice dubbed in the film has become a laughing stock. Shraddha Das has got a decent role where she had an opportunity to prove her acting. She has come out from glamorous image and has given good performance. Prathap K. Pothan, Urvashi, Adarsh have done justice to their roles.
Director Ravi Yadav has failed to reach the people's expectation. One might wonder why he opted a US background. In the first half, the narration is okay but in second half it's a disaster. The movie is fully bored in the second half by poorly written scenes. But his cinematography is excellent, in fact it is one of the highlights of the film. Music by Mickey J Meyar is good in the case of at least three songs. ' Bhale Bhale Mogadivoi Bangaru Naa Saamivoi' and Ye Theega Poovuno Ye Komma Chetino are retained from the original. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is okay.
On the whole, Maro Charitra is a decent product which should not be compared with the classic version. The movie is only for Varun Sandesh, Anita and Shraddha fans.
Screenplay, direction, cinematography: Ravi Yadav
Music: Mickey J Meyer
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Producers : Dil Raju
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