Review : Maaya- Fails to create Magic
maaya_movie Release date : Aug 01, 2014 Rating : 2.5/5
Director : Neelkanta
Producer : Madhura Sreedhar, M.V.K. Reddy
Music Director : Sekhar Chandra
Starring : Harshavardhan Rane, Avantika, Sushma Raj , Nandini Rai

National award winning director Neelakanta, who makes unusual films is back again with Maaya. Based on the extrasensory perception (ESP) concept, this film has Harshavardhan Rane and Avanthika in lead roles. Produced by Madhura Sridhar, this film has released today. Let’s see how this film is…


Meghana (Avanthika Mishra) is a young TV reporter, who has extrasensory perception (ESP) syndrome. With this, she can foresee the future in advance. One fine day, she meets a fashion designer named Siddharth Varma (Harshavardhan Rane). It is love at first sight for Siddharth, who starts impressing her.

During the course of time, even Meghana starts liking him. When things seem to be going fine, Meghana meets her childhood friend Pooja (Sushma Raj), and comes to know that she is soon to be Siddharth’s fiance. At this point, a depressed Meghana foresees Pooja getting killed by Siddarth.

Why does Siddharth want to kill Pooja ? What is the flashback behind it ? Will Meghana be able to stop this murder? To know answers to all these questions, you need to watch this on silver screen.

Plus Points:

Harshavardhan Rane who usually does different kind of roles, has given a matured performance in this film. Even though, this is a debut film for Avanthika Mishra, she also gave impressive performance. Her intense expressions are very good, and she performed the role to the best of her capabilities.

This film starts with an interesting scene which sets you into the mood of the film. The scenes where heroine foresees the future have been showcased extremely well. There are few interesting scenes in the second half, and the twist in the climax is very good.

Minus Points:

Even though, the film starts on a high note, its falls drastically just after the opening credits. Except for one or two scenes, the first half of the film falls flat. There are many unnecessary scenes inducted into the first half, just to establish the love track between the lead pair.

The Second half too, starts with interesting scene, but even here the tempo is never set up. There is no need for songs in this type of films, but they were included which was totally unnecessary. Even though this film is stated as a thriller, there are not many thrilling scenes.

Technical Aspects:-

Cinematography of the film is very good. All the visuals look rich and colorful. Songs have been shot well. Shekar Chandra’s music is just about ok, but his background score was helpful in few scenes. Even though editing of the film is gripping, the makers should have concentrated more on the first half.

Coming to captain of the ship Neelakanta, his concept is very good but he failed to some extent in executing this plot. Production values of the film are very good.


On the whole, Neelakanta does not create much magic with ‘Maaya’. Except for the opening scene, climax and few thrilling moments, there is not much in the movie. It lacks the essential rush which is must for a thriller, and will be only liked by the multiplex audience. Rating –2.5/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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