After a really long time I saw a movie recently, Ye Maaya Chesave, and admittedly a really good Telugu movie that is fun and entertaining. The premise is very simple, love between Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) a young 22-year-old Engineering Graduate who is a Hindu and wants to be a movie director, and Jessie (Samantha) a 24-year-old Malayalee Christian who does not know what she wants in life. Though it is love at first sight for both of them, while Karthik is ready for commitment, Jessie is not and has a list of why they should not get together like… I’m older, I’m a Christian and you are a Hindu, my family will never approve of it and then a few more. This aspect of their relationship has been captured very well by the director Gautham Vasudev Menon as well as beautiful shots of Alleppey and other locales. Music by A. R. Rahman is another plus in the movie.
The story is about love and not a “love story” in that it deals with why men and women despite their differences also cannot do without each other and things like race, religion, age, education, family, etc. do not really have any importance when it comes to the matters of the heart. Naga Chaitanya the hero has a good meaty role and does justice to it and the heroine Samantha is a welcome addition being that not only is she pretty but can act too. In summation, the movie is definitely recommended and is a clean entertainer that will be enjoyed by one and all. Do watch out for Puri Jagannadh doing a cameo and playing himself.