“Mayaanadhi”… A beautifully realised love story between a complicated woman and a simple man

Posted on December 26, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/mayaanadhi-movie-review

In Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, a young criminal kills a cop, flees, falls in love, dreams of a future in a different country, and discovers that life has a way of messing up your plans. Each of these beats is referenced to some degree in Aashiq Abu’s Mayaanadhi (Magical River), but with a swoony intensity that’s a world apart. The narrative is made up of two strands. The first has vengeful cops on the trail of Mathan (Tovino Thomas), who’s killed one of their own. But it’s the second that makes the movie, the delicate thread that binds Mathan and Aparna (Aishwarya Lekshmi). We’ve seen many falling-in-love films, many falling-out-of-love films. This is a being-in-love film, with all the passions and problems the term suggests.

Mayaanadhi opens with scenes of Mathan (his gang is up to some shady business involving rubies and a stack of dollar bills). We then shift to scenes with Aparna, a small-time actress auditioning for a film helmed by the character played by Lijo Jose Pellissery, something that involves mystical CGI effects. (The thought of Pellissery, who made the ultra-gritty Angamaly Diaries, in this Avatar mode gave me a big laugh.) After emceeing a wedding (thanks to her mother’s emotional blackmail), Aparna is picking up dinner on the way home, when Mathan appears before her. I thought this was the meet-cute. It’s something else. They met cute a long time ago. Now, we’re flipping to a much-later chapter in their story.

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