Movie : Maya
Directed by : Ashwin Saravanan
Produced by : Potential Studios
Written by : Ashwin Saravanan
Starring : Nayanthara, Aari, Amzath Khan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Robo Shankar, Mime Gopi
Music by : Ron Ethan Yohaan
Cinematography : Sathyan Sooryan
Edited by : T. S. Suresh
Production company : Potential Studios
Distributed by : Sri Thenandal Films
Release dates : September 17, 2015
Country : India
Language : Tamil, Telugu
The horror tales are exceedingly getting beyond the limits and Tamil films buffs have been tremendously seeing it every Fridays. It’s been a long queue and it continues to proceed to come in plenty and so what would make Maya remain a different one. Debut filmmaker Ashwin makes an impulsive attempt to showcase a different dimension of horror film. It’s a modern day tale that embraces a different style of storytelling that begins on a complex note and later with things interwoven have a convincing spell.
The film tells the story in two different parallel lines – One is about Nayantara, a mother who is desolated from her husband from some personal reasons and is taking care of her child with own earnings. She is looking out for a perfect break in acting and is consistently attending the auditions. Then there is Aari working as a cartoonish and caricature specialist at a renowned Tamil magazine. He is seen of course, working on a supernatural story called ‘Maya’, which is published on weekly basis in the magazine. How these tales get interwoven and offer a surprise by the end forms the basic premise of this film.
Rushing through a vivid analysis, director Ashwin deserves special appreciations for a special treatment. For the first half, you might be wondering why are few portions alone narrated in black and white portions and others in colour is a good treatment. But the first half is studded with sluggish moments and there is lack of pace. But sooner in the post-intermission sequences, we are taken straight into the plot and there are some good surprises. Nayantara delivers a stupendous performance with her body language and expressions. She looks depressed throughout the film and the solution she gets during the final portion is something more convincing. Aari doesn’t get anything special in terms of role, but manages to pull things perfectly with his performance in the role. Mime Gopi, Lakshmi Priya and Robot Shankar have their prominences equally shared and they are groovy.
Technically, we have to appreciate the entire team in the crew for extending best efforts. Sound designers have done a marvelous job and editing by Suresh is superb. The cinematography with atmospheric impact offers additional chills in many places. Musical score by Ron is one of the most highlighting traits that peps up the emotional attributes in this movie.
As a story and plot, Maya is really a different and great effort. While it looks like the makers have tried to project and present the film in a Hollywood pattern, it would have been nice if either the running length was trimmed from 140 minutes to 100 minutes, which would have made it more engrossing.
Verdict: Really different and surprising, but lengthy