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R Madhavan says I do remake only if I can pay homage to original


R Madhavan recently talks over the making of movie Maara. Talking about restoration i.e., what heroine’s character does, he says – “This is exactly what we set out to do. Thank God you got  the point. When we set out to  do a remake  of  the Malayalam hit Charlie we were very sure we wanted  to do  full justice to it. I’ve the highest respect for Dulquer Salman who stars in  the original and I hope he’s as happy with what we’ve done with Charlie as  we are”.

R Madhavan talking about Maara being a remake says that – “Exactly. A remake  can be done in a hurry just to cash in on the  popularity  of  the original. We certainly didn’t want to  do that. I only do a remake if  I can pay some kind of a homage to the original even  as I  give myself the creative liberty to take the story further. In Maara I’ve added a character and a track featuring the great Mouli Sir which was not there in the original. I am so glad  people have liked it. Four years ago when  we started this project’s journey we were not sure where we would go . We started Maara with the original team from Charlie.”

Talking about why did they back out. R Madhavan states – “See, Dulquer Salman and the team that  did Charlie shared an amazing camaraderie. I just couldn’t get  the same vibes  with them. They were a family. They loved each other. I remained an outsider. For me to try and force myself into  that set-up meant I’d  be on trial in every shot. Also, Maara didn’t work out with the original  producers. We decided  to go with an entirely new  team. We looked at several directors, even paid them an advance fee, before zeroing in  on  Dhilip Kumar  to direct.”

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R Madhavan explains his character in Maara

R Madhavan says – “Charlie was a spirit. Maara is a  human being ,  a  kind giving person. We are exceedingly into a shit  era, redeemed  only  by  good souls like Maara. There was an inherent goodness in our parents’ generation. That’s lost.  Our mothers loved to cook and feed  people. That’s gone.” He further talks if it was the best of his character till now, he says – “It was  the toughest film  in my career. We shot in Ooty’s winter with elderly actors  . Luckily the shooting was  completed before the lockdown. I  didn’t want  it to be an unworthy  project. I wanted it to be an  honourable precursor  to my next film  Rocketry. To get  the best  out of my team I was sometimes  quite mean to them. In fact I cancelled a whole schedule when I felt we were not prepared enough.We lost  time and  money. We also had to replace  our original cameraman as he was  committed  to another project.”

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