What is bad:
Love stories are such that they don’t strike a chord with everyone. Probably, it’s the same case with this film as well. For some it would be like a chapter of their own lives and for others a figment of imagination which wouldn’t concern them in anyway. The film itself slightly drags in the second half which sort of takes away the overwhelming charm which the film achieves during the budding romance. Some part of the film is set in Kerala and to retain the authenticity, people speak in Malayalam and we have Telugu subtitles which are at times difficult to follow. On the whole, if you are someone, who likes big bang entertainment, item songs, cheesy romance, two giga sized families, flashbacks set in palatial houses, grand sets, rip roaring comedy, sumos and chases – basically every cliché which makes our films so entertaining, then ‘Ye Maya Chesave’ might disappoint you.
‘Ye Maya Chesave’ is also a visual delight thanks to more than impressive work in almost all technical departments. A.R.Rahman’s music is haunting; each and every single tune in the film compliments the story. It’s easily one of his best works in recent few years. Manoj Paramahamsa’s cinematography is beautiful; it’s almost sheer poetry at times. Manoj also effectively captures the moods and the intensity of the lead actors in the close up shots. Editing by Anthony is good and it could have been slightly better in the second half. Dialogues by Anuradha are fantastic and there are just too many clever lines in the film. Gautham Menon’s story and direction in this film needs to be a bible of sorts for every aspiring film maker. Imagine narrating a 160 minutes film with just 2 characters and it’s such a humongous task in itself. He has easily created one of the best love stories we have seen in years and he’s the main reason if we end up falling in love with Karthik and Jessie.
The best thing about the film is, it knows that it’s narrating the love story of two mature adults. All that matters is how they communicate, their conversations, their quarrels, their mood swings. And such things could happen anywhere, anytime. This brings us to the most important question, “Can love be defined in words?” I don’t think that’s possible. Let this be one of those rare films, where your experience while watching the film is more important than what others have to say. It deserves at least that amount of respect. If this is the kind of love stories we get to see in near future, then forget about dumb entertainers, love stories would be back in vogue! Words apart, go watch the film, fall in love all over again! Two big thumbs up to the film. Who knew that love stories could be so real and intelligent in contemporary cinema!
This is a rare film which makes single men and women jealous and at least coax them to search for their respective ‘Karthik’s and ‘Jessies’!