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Maya (2001)

Cast: Nitya Shetty, Nitya Shetty, Anant Nag, more...
Director: Digvijay Singh, Digvijay Singh
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Studio: Homevision
Genre: Drama, Foreign, India, Coming of Age
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Hindi
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
A girl coming of age in India discovers the ugly realities of a woman's legal rights and social status in her village in this drama. Maya (Nitya Shetty) is a bright and enthusiastic 12-year-old girl who loves spending time with her cousin and best friend, Sanjay (Nikhil Yaday), and keeps her family -- mother Lakshmi (Mita Vasisht) and father Arun (Anant Nag) -- on their toes. When Maya gets her menstrual period for the first time, she's at once nervous about the changes in her body, and excited about how she's growing into womanhood. Maya has heard about a special prayer ceremony for girls who have begun to develop into adulthood, and feels both eager and honored when Mr. Nair (Virendra Saxenda), the "high priest" who supervises the ceremony, tells her the time for her service has come. However, to her horror Maya learns the true nature of the ceremony when she is held down on a stone slab and violated by Nair and three of his assistants; Arun rages against Nair and his compatriots, but feels powerless to stop them within boundaries of their community. Director Digvijay Singh claims that his film was based on a true story, and that such rituals are still performed on a regular basis in a small number of Indian communities. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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damn, that's harsh by alexjb November 28, 2005 - 9:11 PM PST
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i think that the GC synopsis is misleading (surprise!) - the kids have absolutely NO idea what's going on til it's all over, and we don't really get any insightful dialog from the adults either. so up until the big rude punch in the gut, you could think that you were watching a sweet little film about rural Indian life (and a relatively boring one at that...), with a little coming of age thrown in.... and perhaps that's the filmmaker's point after all...

but it's lacking the more sophisticated insight that's implied by the GC synopsis- in a movie highlighting ritualized abuse of young women, most of the dialog is from men! the title character hardly has any lines, and other than a few mournful looks, gives us absolutely no clue what's going on in her head.

it's worth seeing for the window into rural india, and perhaps to learn about heinous rituals that are still being practiced, but it could have been a lot better.




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