When you see something like this, its taste lingers on for a long time in your memory. Dear Maya is a delicately handled story, woven intricately with the best performances. Each person in the movie has done justice to their role.
It is a story of a lone woman living a reclusive life in her gloomy house. The mysterious life of this lady draws interest in two school girls – Anna (Madiha Imam) and Ira (Shreya Chaudhary) to bring some colors in her drab listless life. Maya (Manisha Koirala) is living all alone, enclosed in her own world from past 20 years along with her caged birds, her own soul being caged with them. A dagger by her side and two ferocious dogs shows her insecurity and lack of trust of the outer world. A little innocent prank by these two girls changes her life and the story unfolds as she starts getting love letters from someone whom she doesn’t even know. How these letters bring colours to her drab wardrobe and life, a smile on the faces of dolls she used to make, shows a sapling of hope being planted in the barren and parched heart of a woman longing to be freed from her surroundings. But the story takes an unusual turn as Maya Devi leaves the sleepy town of Shimla for Delhi in search of her lover.
How this incident makes a rift between two best friends and then later their transformation into two mature girls weighed down by the consequences of their action, all is shown in a beautiful manner.
Manisha koirala is marvelous in her role and is able to show the changes she goes through. Her expressions are all too natural as you experience the pain and excitement along with her. A scene where she opens up the rusty windows one by one shows her opening up to the outside world, to let the sunshine seep into her life. Every detail is looked after very well in this movie. Every scene is like a poetry. It flows smoothly and Manisha as Maya has sung this poetry with a poise.
A movie with a strong message on Hope; Dear Maya, shows us that we should be able to take the risks in life because we never know where and what life has got in store for us to surprise us.
Its Sunaina Bhatnagar’s debut feature film and she is superb. Music by Anupam Roy is good. Saat Rangon Se sung by Rekha Bhardwaj gives the crux of the movie.