Dear Maya traces the transformation of the reclusive woman in black through the letters and lessons the two schoolgirls learn as a result.
Manisha shines throughout. She appears as a recluse with a dagger dangling from her waist and morphs gradually into a confident woman in a red sari enjoying life. She makes the emotions come alive.
But the film falters in the dialogue department. Manisha speaks little, almost none, in the opening scenes.
The dialogues and monologues are clichés from maybe the 80s or thereabout.
“Right time pe shaadi nahi hui, isliye she is depressed.”
“Think of it as social work, hum kisi boring lady ki boring life me Shah Rukh Khan bhej rahe hain.”
Will today’s kids say such sentences in their daily conversations? The film fails to portray the teen and young adult life we see in today’s Shimla or Delhi.
It’s a brilliant story poorly told, literally, but portrayed with finesse. The story cherishes hope, love and life of a woman.
The wrinkles on Manisha’s face, her silhouette, and a damp and dark haveli. These add to the sense of depression and dejection, and paint the perfect picture of an abandoned woman.
Category:Bollywood Movies 2017, Featured, Featured Bollywood
Actors:Madiha Imam, Manisha Koirala, Shreya Chaudhary, Vikas Kumar