While the film doesn't fall under the category of run-of-the-mill commercial entertainers, it feels strangely familiar.
Movie Review :
Neelakanta's latest outing, Maya might very well be his most mainstream film in recent times and for all the high-brow talk about the film based on ESP, the plot itself is far too simple. Ironically, the watered-down version of the idea also makes the film a little more audience-friendly. Although the director almost botches up the first half which drags far too long, he makes it up with a well-constructed second half, which is a saving grace.
The film revolves around Meghana, played by newcomer Avantika Mishra, who discovers that she can foresee fatal incidents; however, she has no control over her visions. She considers it more as a burden since every incident leaves her shell-shocked and before you know it, one such vision is bound to change her life forever. She meets Siddharth Varma (Harshvardhan Rane), a popular fashion designer, and enough hints are dropped that the two will fall in love with each other. Their budding relationship comes to a halt when Meghana discovers that Siddharth is already engaged to her childhood friend, Pooja (Sushma Raj). And then, she has another gut-wrenching vision which shatters her life completely.
One of the major problems with the film is that it takes its own sweet time to establish the love story between the two lead actors in the first half. It's only halfway into the film, do things fall in place and a stage is set for the big showdown in the end. There are enough twists in the second half to keep the audience engaged.
Newcomer Avantika gets plenty of screen time, but her lack of experience, apart from a monotonous characterization, shows on screen. Sushma Raj makes a decent debut and credit goes to an interesting twist to her characterisation. Harshvardhan Rane fits his role, as a fashion designer, well.
While the film doesn't fall under the category of run-of-the-mill commercial entertainers, it feels strangely familiar. The attempt is sincere, although it has its highs and lows and the good part is, the film achieves what it sets out to do. If only, the stakes were high enough, this film could have been so much better.