Imagine getting a call from a stranger – that too an intriguing one. Someone who seems to know a lot about you. Crazy, isn’t it?
Maya is a short film released by Large Short Films. Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, it is about a simple guy Anjan (Abir Chatterjee) who takes piano lessons. The tutor’s role is played by Raju Raman. Anjan lives with his mother, but we never see her – just hear her voice. During one of his lessons, Anjan notices his tutor’s younger daughter Maya (Padmapriya), who left IIM midway to learn design. We see Anjan noticing Maya as the film progresses, getting better with the piano, making viewers feel that maybe it is Maya’s charisma doing its magic.
One day, Anjan notices Maya speaking on the phone and being generous with her time, that too, with a stranger on the other side. When he goes home, he opens a box and wears all that is in it – a high neck tshirt, sunglasses and a scarf. With a cigarette between his fingers, he calls her up, pretending to be a stranger, having dialled a number just because he felt like it.
After a series of conversations, everyday, and even a gap of few days when they don’t speak because of some reason, we see Maya getting pulled towards the stranger she knows nothing about. She confides in Anjan and see a hint of jealousy on his face. He reaches home and packs everything back – all those things that make him the man Maya loves – as if he is jealous of the other man.
What’s WOW: Anjan oscillates between two completely different personalities and the bubbly, almost tomboyish Maya goes weak in the knees while speaking to the stranger. The performances are brilliant, to say the least.
What’s Blah: Why doesn’t Maya have a phone with caller ID? Even if the film is set in that time when we did not have that, the fact that Maya took interest in design makes it all a bit confusing, since design was not a common course at the time when phones did not have caller IDs.
Parting Shot: Worth a watch
Cast and Crew:
Cast: Abir Chatterjee, Padmapriya, Raju Raman
Story & Direction: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury