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MAYA is a coming of age story set against an 'imaginary and unrealistic' brutal practice of ritual rape which never seemed to happen in any part of India.


Digvijay Singh

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Credited cast:
Anant Nag ... Arun
Mita Vasisht ... Lakshmi
Nitya Shetty Nitya Shetty ... Maya
Nikhil Yadav Nikhil Yadav ... Sanjay
Virendra Saxena ... Pujari (as Veerendra Saxena)
Mukesh Bhatt Mukesh Bhatt ... Ganesh
Shilpa Navalkar Shilpa Navalkar ... Mridu
Shreechand Makhija Shreechand Makhija ... Candyman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bhushan Dhupkar Bhushan Dhupkar ... Guri
Abhichandra Jella Abhichandra Jella ... Vivek
P.K. Sharma P.K. Sharma ... Temple Priest (1)
Prasad Sharma Prasad Sharma ... Temple Priest (2)
Shankar Sharma Shankar Sharma ... Temple Priest (3)
Girish Singh Girish Singh ... Raju
Sasidhar Valluri Sasidhar Valluri ... Butcher


For 12 year-old Maya, life is very simple in her village in rural India. From innocent pranks to small adventures in the nearby forest, she spends most of her time with her 11 year-old cousin Sanjay. However, their fraternal love will be shattered when Sanjay will fail to save her from an imaginary brutal ritual. Written by <christos@kpics.net>

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A child's innocence shattered by unreal tradition.









Release Date:

16 January 2002 (Belgium) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Human tragedy
10 January 2003 | by Herr NosferatuSee all my reviews

Digvijay Singh's tragic observation of life in secluded India is both invigorating, in the sense that life, and its people seem to care only for the simple things that make them happy, and it is above all savagely tragic, in ways that certain rites and traditions are not or should not exist in the first place.

The tragedy is amplified quite masterfully by the approach of the little girl's life. The film centers around her innocent childly activities and her simple (yet perhaps quite harsh) life in a poor under developped area of India. Unfortunately, fate would have it that the child must grow and become aware of certain aspects of life which simply can't be understood nor accepted.

This film is a prime example of how I see tragedy. To fully implement a strong sense of tragic, one needs to build it around simple minded genuine calmness. I found the film perfect in this aspect.

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