Maya, featuring Nayantara and Aari of Nedunchaalai fame has been released amid decent anticipation as it promised an efficient horror show before its release. Has Maya lived up to its expectations? Continue reading our movie review to unlock the answer.
Aari works for a print media and is assigned a horror series. While working on it, one particular episode involving an old mental institution inside the forest of Mayavanam fascinates him and his friend, played by Amzath Khan.
Since the episode they are working on is based on a book which claims that the story of a certain Maya Matthews is true, Aari and his friend dwell deep into the story, hoping that the subject they are handling is nothing more than a mere fiction.
On the other hand, Nayantara's life is narrated. She is an actress and a single mother with serious financial crunch. How is her life connected with the character named Maya Matthews forms the crux of this fascinating story.
The film has countable characters and each of them have come up with laudable performances. As expected, Nayantara delivers yet another powerful act.
When I say powerful, it doesn't mean shouting one's lungs out or showcasing fear to a great extent. Of course, Maya comes with such gimmicks, but what will impress horror lovers the most is Nayantara's restrained acting, for her character demands it.
With names like Ron Ethan Yohaan and Sathyan Sooryan, I did not expect much in the technical department. But Maya turns out to be a technical marvel.
Ron Ethan Yohaan's background score not only spooks you but also makes sure you are barely seated, right from the word go.
Sathyan Sooryan's cinematography is fresh as the cameraman has avoided the usual angles used in a horror flick and yet manages to impress by evoking fear.
TS Suresh's editing has played an important role in Maya. His sharp as well as smart cuts might make your heart skip a beat at places.
Maya cannot be categorized with some of the other Tamil horror flicks that released in the recent past. This film's sole intention is to scare you and the debutant director Ashwin Saravanan has managed to do that pretty convincingly.
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It could be safely said that Nayantara has come up with one of her best performances till date in Maya. Having said that, the actress has the calibre to deliver yet another astounding performance in her next.
Amzath Khan who was seen in Nakul's Vallinam has played Aari's friend in this film.
A Genuine Horror Flick
Unlike other Tamil horror flicks that was released in the recent past, Maya doesn't come with multiple genres.
It is said that Aari was chosen by the makers of Maya after they were impressed with his performance in Nedunchaalai.
Maya went on floors in June 2014 and was wrapped up in October.
The album has 6 songs out of which 3 are instrumental. The director has also used the song 'Konjam Nilavu' from the film 'Thiruda Thiruda' quite brilliantly.
Reshmi Menon has been bagging some films of late in Kollywood. The actress will be seen in movies like Urumeen and Kirumi in the future.
Nayantara's Upcoming Films
Some of Nayantara's upcoming films includes Naanum Rowdydhaan, Thirunaal, Idhu Namma Aalu and Kashmora.
Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli
Lakshmi Priyaa was seen in movies like Mundhinam Paartheney and Kallappadam prior to Maya.
Box Office Success?
Maya should be a treat to all horror movie lovers. And with that, it stands a good chance at the box office.