Maya is the new addition to the list of good horror movies in Kollywood. Though inspired, I liked the screenplay, which was predictable but watchable. Most importantly, Maya had a basic storyline instead of a wild mad ghost randomly taking revenge on humans and the 2nd half goes of in a flashback where this melodramatic ghost gives justification for its murders. Maya is not that. Maya is definitely better.
Maya is about a sad story of Maya Mathews, who gets dumped by her husband and ends up in a eerie mental asylum in a place called Mayavanam. People are tortured and killed there. Maya is pregnant and she is killed soon after she delivers the baby. That's the movie which director RK is making. But everything is inspired from a true story based on a book. So does the real Maya come and take revenge? And where is the baby? You have to watch the film to get your answers but I know half of you would have guessed who is that baby. Keep them to yourself.
I simply loved the screenplay and the concept of a movie inside a Movie. It takes time to understand and that happens only in the 2nd half. The characters involved in the Maya incident literally walk through the movie and the ghost takes revenge. Though a bit slow paced, the screenplay had that interest factor throughout. The scary scenes were predictable but will shake you a bit here and there. The director did a lot of research and carefully crafted the film with some intelligent narration. 2nd half gets a bit repetitive because the story unravels and that's when it gets a bit slow.
Other technical aspects were totally brilliant and was in sync with the screenplay. I loves the cinematography part and the colors used to differentiate the cinema and the real life inside the film. The slow camera movement and panning created a sense of anticipation in some scenes. Music was equally good. The eerie BGM and sounds used gave a horror feeling to the movie. Editing was good and why I say that because, the movie made sense even though the screenplay goes back and forth.
The main star of the film is the script and the screenplay. Apart from that, Nayanthara was totally elegant and looked confident in this female centric film. She carried herself quite brilliantly in terms of emotions and expressions. She definitely can act. Aari was good too in his character. Reshmi Menon, robo Shankar and few others eased in their small roles quite well.
Overall, Maya is a decent thriller with some tried and tested thrilling moments and a predictable screenplay. But I appreciate the team for their honest attempt to give a pure horror movie rather than making a horror comedy. There are quite a few genuine scary moments and watch it in the theatres to get the max out of the film.