Maaya Movie Review
– A Truly Justified Horror Experience


Maaya is definitely a surprise from director Ashwin Saravanan because in a time when horror movies are annoyingly comical, the director has truly justified the genre with a real horror experience than diluting it with comedy.

Casting Nayanthara in the lead is an amazing choice because we hardly see heroine oriented scripts in Tamil except for some like Arundhati.

Release date: 17 September 2015Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Nayanthara Kurian, Aari Bhagavathi, Amzath Khan, Lakshmi Priyaa, Chandramouli, Robo Shankar,Mime Gopi and many othersDirector: Ashwin Saravanan
Written: Ashwin SaravananMusic Director: Ron Ethan Yohaan
Cinematography: Sathyan SooryanEditor: T. S. Suresh
Production Company: Potential Studios Distributed by: Sri Thenandal Films
Running time: 140 MinutesCBFC Rating: 'U/A'

Quick Glance

What's great?

  • • Nayanthara in a power packed yet subtle performance in the lead

  • • Supporting characters including Aari among others

  • • Cinematography is a major plus for the movie as it brings the horror tone to life

  • • Apt BGM and unique screenplay which is quite new to Kollywood

What's not?
  • • Not meant for people who like loud ghosts with equally loud comedy

  • • Screenplay and presentation may not appeal to some who can't get subtle references

  • • Lengthy scenes at times

Nayanthara is a young wife with a kid but separated from her husband. She wants to be an actress but to make some quick money, she accepts to watch a horror movie alone in a theater which is her life changes into something else, with plenty of terrific moments and reveals.

The Cast

After a long time, Nayanthara is given an amazing role where she could bring the best out of her. While she has been doing great in many Malayalam movies, Kollywood directors seldom use her but Maaya is a worthy one. Aari in a supporting role along with Gopi, Amzath Khan does their part well. Each character is defined well and they boost the story's intensity.

The Team

Director Ashwin Saravanan has attracted the attention of everyone with a completely new type of narration combined with an actual horror movie that could scare people emotionally. Equally good is cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan and music by Ron Ethan Yohan. It's worth watching it in Dolby Atmos as sound engineering is at its best in this movie after a long time. Technically, it's a laudable effort by the entire team. If you like quality experience, be it horror or any other genre, this is a must watch.

Bottom line – A technically impressive attempt with genuine horror and storytelling elements meant for audience who love subtle references than plain explanation as done in Tamil movies!

Certified Fresh – Yes!

Stars – 3.75/5

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