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Maya (2001)

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.

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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 ... Ganesh
Shilpa Navalkar Shilpa Navalkar ... Mridu
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
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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.

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Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

16 January 2002 (Belgium) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Tension slowly builds to a brutal climax that is genuinely shocking
18 November 2002 | by TongiluluSee all my reviews

The story unfolds slowly - maybe a little too slowly - but overall is beautifully told. Two cousins - a boy and girl - are caught up in a ritual triggered when the girl starts to menstruate. The brutal climax of the ritual is genuinely shocking. The girl, Maya, is raped by holy men. This is part of the ritual, and guests feast outside the temple while it's happening. The adults in the story see such rapes as rites of passage and celebrations of family prestige.

Perhaps characters and attitudes are too black and white; metaphors are a bit heavyhanded; and there is little nuance, but this film has considerable qualities too - not least that it tackles an important and current issue - and does it well.


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