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Dear Maya: Lost in contrivances

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Cast: Manisha Koirala, Madha Imam, Shreya Chaudhary

Director: Sunaina Bhatnagar

Many films have used ‘love letters’ as a medium to get their protagonist out of a deep emotional funk and this one too comes at us in similar vein.


Maya (Manisha Koirala) lives a secluded, isolated life, sequestered in her ancestral home packed with antiques, caged birds and two dogs.

Two school girls Anna (Madha Imam) and Ira (Shreya Chaudhary) take pity on her sorry existence and decide to write love letters to her in order to spice up her sorry existence. It’s basically a prank but Maya, on getting the letters, starts transforming – literally opening herself up to the outside world.

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While the story telling is, predicative and contrived, there’s a strong emotional core to the telling that holds you somewhat entranced.

Performances are engaging even though the direction gets wayward and sloppy – allowing for far too many questions to be raised about continuity and plot mechanics. Manisha’s return to the big screen is a welcome one, though!