Dear Maya....Meandering malady!

There is an interminable line-up of experimental films being made by aspiring new makers.

This happens because many people want to make a mark with their first film so that they can gate-crash the Who is Who of the film industry. That is not easy as innumerable small films are made, of which some find an outlet, some never do and, from among those which make it to the silver screen, just one turns out to be something good like Hindi Medium, last week’s release with Irrfan playing the lead.

If Hindi Medium worked, it was because it tackled a contemporary issue that wrecks the life of many a parent when it comes to the education of their child. And what makes it watchable is the way it has been scripted and executed in an entertaining way while also conveying the message. (This mention of another film while reviewing Dear Maya is inevitable because such a film also carries a message for other filmmakers; make a relevant film.)

Dear Maya is one such film which tries to be different but the idea is totally alien for the Hindi film viewer. It is loosely based on PS: I Love You and, probably, has some more sources of inspiration. It also attempts to bring to the fore a forgotten yesteryear actor, Manisha Koirala.

Manisha, playing Maya, is a victim of her uncle’s greedy tortures who wanted to take over her inheritance by hook or by crook. She lives in a palatial but dilapidated mansion in Shimla. She is a recluse at times seen peeping through her windows. For company, she has a maid and two ferocious dogs besides a sanctuary full of birds.

Two teenage school-going girls, played by Madeha Imam and Shreya Chaudhary, are always up to mischief, watch her in her window on their way back from school. Curious, Madeha learns of the past misfortunes of Manisha in which she is still wallowing.

Maheda and Shreya decide to play a prank on Manisha if only to bring her out of her sorrowful life. They send her a chain of love letters posing as one of her suitors who fell in love with her on first sight and was rejected by her evil uncle but who still loves and thinks of her.

Following this chain of love letters, Maya brings herself back to life. She opens up to the world. And, one fine day, she decides to sell all her possessions along with her palatial house to go search of the one who wrote those letters to her.

Madeha and Shreya realize that their prank has backfired and that shatters them besides destroying their friendship.

There was one woman wallowing in self-pity in Manisha, now we have three with Madeha and Shreya added to the list, all living the life of self-inflicted torture and, soon, it’s the viewer’s turn to join the club!

Manisha has willingly left Shimla for Delhi after announcing it to whole the town but, for convenience sake, the script dubs her as a missing person. And, Madeha and Shreya embark on her search. They carry the burden of some unnecessary side tracks which takes the film to an intolerable duration of 131 minutes.

The script and direction are weak. The one good thing about the film is its scenic location of Shimla though that also has limited exploitation. Manisha Koirala fails to get her manners right of a 20 year recluse closeted from the world, mentally destroyed. Shreya and Madeha are pleasing though the latter needs a few variations in her expressions.

Producers: Shobhna Yadav, Sandeep Leyzell.

Director: Sunaina Bhatnagar.

Cast: Manisha Koirala, Madeha Imam, Shreya Chaudhary, Irawati Hershe, Rohit Saraf, Reuben Israel, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra.

Latest Reads
Eros International's Bajrangi Bhaijaan grosses over Rs.169.17 crores (USD 25.95 million) in first 10 days of release

Eros International Media Ltd, a leading global film company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced Producer Salman Khan Film’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan has collected over Rs. 160 crores within ten days of its release in China. More than two years since it opened in India, Bajrangi Bhaijaan...

Movies Hindi
'Federation of Western India Cine Employees' conducts a successful conclave with 22 crafts union’s association

Mumbai: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the nodal body for all cine employees hosted a formal get-together and benevolence meeting with the leaders of the 22 crafts union’s associations affiliated to it on 7th March 2018 at Pathare Prabhu Hall, Andheri (West), Mumbai.FWICE...

Movies Hindi
New York Film Academy announces expansion in India to keep pace with growth of the indian film industry as well as digital media & entertainment genres

New York Film Academy (NYFA) is one of the leading film schools of the world. It was founded on the philosophy that "learning by doing" combined with best industry practices is more valuable than years of theoretical study for filmmakers and actors. This educational model allows students to...

Movies Hindi
UTV action packs in more power for fans

Home to a wide-range of high-octane movies across Hollywood, Bollywood, Asian and Regional cinema, UTV ACTION is the go-to linear channel offering uninterrupted dhamakedar entertainment to film aficionados. Now, the channel is all set to offer 100 plus new, adrenaline-rushing titles to its robust...

Movies Hindi
Why Padmaavat in 3D almost didn't happen

​​Fans can’t stop raving about the 3D version of Padmaavat and how it drew them right into the world of Queen Padmavati. However, it is a little known fact that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had long been considering the idea of releasing his films in 3D. “We wanted to try 3D with Guzaarish and...

Movies Hindi
Let Vidya Balan charm you with her simplicity with the world television premiere of 'Tumhari Sulu' on Sony MAX

Sony MAX, the leading Hindi movies channel from Sony Pictures Networks is all set give you a sneak peek into the lives of middle-class suburban Indian households with the world television premiere of ‘Tumhari Sulu’ on 25th February at 12 noon. Vidya Balan and Manav Kaul’s portrayal of Sulochana...

Movies Hindi
Sony MAX2 to air Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic movie 'Don'

MUMBAI: Who can forget the blockbuster songs like ‘Yeh Mera Dil’, ‘Khaike Pan Banaraswala’ and the gripping plot of crime thriller Don? It’s still one of the most loved movie of Amitabh Bachchan fans across the country.

Movies Hindi
Biopics & sports-based films help popularise sporting culture in India

MUMBAI: “Sattar minute, sattar minute hai tumhare paas ... shayad tumhari zindagi ke sabse khaas sattar minute ... (Seventy minutes, seventy minutes is what you have ... may be the most important seventy minutes of your life..)”.

Movies Hindi
PVR numbers up on higher ticket price in third quarter

BENGALURU: Despite lower admits and occupancy during the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3 2018, the quarter under review), Indian entertainment and exhibition company PVR Ltd (PVR) reported higher revenue due to higher ticket prices. In its investor presentation, the company reported 2.8 per...

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories