India. 2018. 19 min
Having found someone she likes, Maya is ready to commit to marriage under one non-negotiable condition: that her mother joins the household. The secret reason behind this requirement is awkwardly revealed during a loquacious exchange about love marriage over lunch between the two families.
“Maya” is an impressively well-paced and surprisingly affecting family drama without a single false note in characterizing the complex and contradictory emotions that arise when two headstrong yet interdependent women–a mother and a daughter– must embark on a new chapter in their lives. With naturalistic dialogue and resolute turns in narrative, director Vikas Chandra’s script hits pain points that although specific to this arrangement are relatable, precisely because of a universal collapse in what’s considered “normal” with regard to family, caring and love.
Vikas is a screenwriter and director based in Mumbai, India. Having grown up in a small town in eastern India, he strayed from his family ethos to join the unconventional “movie business.” He was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab (India) Fellow in 2012 and also a Finalist at Film London’s feature film scheme, Microwave International: Shakespeare India. Vikas was an associate creative producer on acclaimed director Dibakar Banerjee’s DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY and also Executive Producer on Banerjee’s segment in BOMBAY TALKIES (2013), an anthology film celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. Vikas has written for UTV Bindass, Bloomberg, SABTV, Cartoon Network & Star India.
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