Mayamma Review: At Its Best, An Outdated Telefilm

Mayamma revolves around the love story of a young man and woman who belong to two different castes. What happens to their love story in the midst of societal norms and family pressures forms the rest of the film.

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Mayamma

Critic's Ratings

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2

Drama,Romance

Release Date

Jun 7, 2024

Duration

2 hr 30 mins
Mayamma Review At Its Best An Outdated Telefilm
A Still From Mayamma

About Mayamma

Performances

Ankhitha Vinod and Arun Unni Jayan play the lead pair in the film. Other notable cast includes actors Jayan Cherthala, Viji Thampy, and Poojapura Radhakrishnan. The writing of this film allows its actors only so much space to perform without going overboard or delivering something akin to that of a tele-film. The settings are overly-dramatic, and the same goes for the acting.

Technical

Writer-director Ramesh Kumar Koramangalam has delivered a film that is stuck in the past even by 1980s standards. At a time like this, when conversations on caste and caste-based relationships have taken on a wholly different turn, the film has the responsibility of taking a more nuanced approach to this. But the treatment of Mayamma's story and setting can't even take credit for trying. Cinematography by Naveen K, and editing by Anoop S Saaj, Raj run the narrative forward, as is the music by Rajesh Vijay, which at least fits the outdated mould of the film.

Verdict

Mayamma is a perfect example of what would happen if a story that was greenlit for television finds its way to the big screen. It's a film that is entirely disconnected from the audience for whom it is being presented for, and has very little to offer.
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