We tend to judge a film either by the Director’s previous work or by the actor’s capacities. Maaran’s director Karthick Naren gave us one of the best films of 2016- Dhuruvangal Padhinaru. He also managed to impress most of the audience with his short film in the anthology series Navarasa. So, when Maaran was not that watchable, it came as a surprise to many. Starring Dhanush as the lead and Smruthi Venkat in an important role, Maaran took the same old path of brother-sister sentiment. With a lot of loopholes in the plotline and the severe dragging of the screenplay, the movie was barely bearable to watch. All said and done, Maaran was a waste of two talents, Karthick Naren and Dhanush. The plus point; Smruthi Venkat was the unexpected talent that shone through the film.