When the promotions of Maya first began, we were curious. The trailer and the posters of the film promised us that there will be plenty of scary moments in the film. The film stars South cinema’s most sought-after heroine, Nayantara, and that was a big crowd-pulling factor for the film. We were glad to see her in a performance-oriented role. Add to that the fact that the story of the film draws you in from the word ‘go’. Directed by Ashwin Saravan, the film released on 17th September, and received a positive response from the audience and critics alike. Here’s what makes Maya a must-watch.
1. A Genuine Horror Film
Unlike the recent spate of horror-comedies that ruled Tamil cinema, Maya is a genuine horror film. By a full-fledged horror film we mean, a film with no social message, or forced humor. With genuine spooks, the film stays true to its genre.
2. Nayantara – The Actor
Undoubtedly, the star of the film is Nayantara. The pretty actress plays the role of Apsara – a single mother, and an upcoming actress, who struggles to make ends meet. Horror films usually have the actor deliver loud performances, with shocking expressions on their faces. But the kind of vibe Nayantara brings to her performance is totally different. She brings a unique quality to her role giving a calm and composed performance. Her distinct aura is in sharp contrast with the gloomy atmosphere of the film.
3. Surprise Element
In order to work, a horror film must create an illusion. An illusion that makes something unreal seem real! And Maya manages to do this effectively. From making us believe in the meta film, to convincing us about about the forest named Mayavanam, everything feels real. The best part of the film is the climax. The audience is kept constantly at the edge-of-the-seat!
A good horror film exploits elements that invoke fear in people. Like the Dark. Director Ashwin Saravan also employs a gloomy forest, spooky deserted roads, a mental asylum, and a doll to create an eerie aura. For instance, the scene in which Apsara (Nayantara) is home alone and the electricity goes off, her house is pitch dark and you hear the baby cry. That’s when you realize that you’ll soon be introduced to the supernatural force. And you’re sure to be frightened! Much of the credit belongs to the film’s cinematographer Sathyan Sooryan, whose brilliant camera techniques work wonders for the film.
Fear breeds in most mysterious places. It stems from the unknown. Maya makes the most of this. But don’t take our word for it. Watch Maya and find out for yourself!