R Madhavan-starrer Maara is a Tamil adaptation of the 2015 Malayalam movie Charlie. Charlie featured Dulquer Salmaan, Parvathy and Aparna Gopinath in pivotal roles. In Maara, Madhavan, Shraddha Srinath and Sshivada step into their shoes.
Maara received positive response from critics and audiences alike for his camera work, performances and his light-hearted yet impressive storytelling.
If you are one of those who enjoyed the romantic drama then you should definitely check out these movies.
If you liked Maara and somehow haven’t seen Charlie, you’re missing out on something truly wonderful. Charlie and Maara belong to the same world, except Charlie has a lot more character. It’s a luscious visual story, made even better by Parvathy and Dulquer Salmaan’s laudable performances and Jomon T John’s mesmerizing cinematography.
You can watch Charlie on MX Player.
The Tamil anthology Sillu Karupatti 2019 consists of four well-written stories whose essential binding chord is love. The stories are about love in different forms and in different stages. Sunainaa, Samuthirakani, K Manikandan, Leela Samson, ‘Krav Maga’ Sreeram, Nivedhithaa Sathish and Sara Arjun play a central role in the direction of Halitha Shameem.
Sillu Karupatti can be streamed on Netflix.
Sudani from Nigeria
Sudani from Nigeria is a ‘sports film’. But the only primary similarity it has with Maara is the feel-good factor. Starring Soubin Shahir and Samuel Abiola Robinson, Sudani from Nigeria is about a Nigerian footballer who decides to participate in a seven-football tournament in Kerala and the events that follow after being injured in a match. The chemistry of the leading roles and the warmth that the film radiates is a tangible, living thing. Wonderful things.
Sudani from Nigeria is streaming on Netflix.
Everything about this brilliantly captured, effervescent drama about unfulfilled dreams and desires is earthy and sweet. From the crisp, concise writing to the understated, heartfelt performances by Dulquer Salmaan, Nithya Menen, Thilakan and others, Ustad Hotel scores on multiple fronts. It is his simple but layered world that resembles Maara’s universe of self-discovery and love.
Anwar Rasheed’s direction is available to stream on Disney Plus Hotstar.
The 2018 film, starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha, is a poignant, captivating tale of two childhood sweethearts. Whether the film ends in heartbreak or draws the curtains with a happy ending is not the point. The journey that Vijay’s Ram and Trisha’s Janu take is all that matters. The painfully beautiful writing and great performances are 96’s main selling points. What adds tremendous beauty to the world of 96 is the dreamy camerawork of Mahendiran Jayaraju and N Shanmuga Sundaram and the incredible music of Govind Vasantha.
You can watch 96 on YouTube.