wogma rating: Beg or borrow, but do watch (?)
Listen...Amaya is a sweet, urban tale of a mother and her adult daughter. Watch in theater, not for cinematic brilliance but for a story well told.Read more
Mature love, love between a mother and a daughter, insecurity that a child might feel about her parents however old she might be - all this weaving in and out of memories as a theme. Listen...Amaya has to be one of the sweetest films I have seen in the last few years. Yes, there are moments of drama and there are very few moments that you wish were done better. But, for the most parts Listen...Amaya is a warm, touching film that keeps you engaged with its characters and how relatable they are.
Amaya, Amaya's mother, Leela and the friends they make through their cafe are all very urban characters which make them very homely for us, the multiplex audience. It poses a few questions. The questions themselves or the fact that they were asked has the potential to make even the most liberal of us consider their appropriateness. What can make an adult daughter of a modern mother, both women of today, uncomfortable?
The insight of some of the dialogue, small one liners stay with you when you walk out. The rest of the dialogue is the everyday kind you would hear in any of the city households and yet it is not mundane.
The dialogue is made fresh by some wonderful performances by the lead characters. Deepti Naval and Swara Bhaskar are so comfortable and make you so comfortable about them that you forget you are watching a movie for a bit. You are completely involved in their interactions, so invested in their relationship for most parts of the film. Farouque Shaikh brings with him peace and stability as his character Jayant goes in and out of frames. You really begin to care for the aging Jayant, and his failing health.
If only, the side characters could match up or even be half the potential of these three leads. Everytime, anyone other than these three is on the screen you are jolted into reality that it is only a film after all.
Then there's a song that comes out of nowhere, ill-fit despite it's old-school-ness. Also, maybe for the build-up, the one necessary character transition came a little too quick. But, the manner in which the film ends makes up for the things that it misses. The matter of death of those you love and how different people deal with it differently, how time heals and how we associate loyalty and memories is brought about beautifully.
A small gem like this makes the word 'genuine' spring for itself. A sweet story that would've meant nothing but for the performances. Performances which would have meant nothing if the story wasn't what it was. A film that makes your day not seem like a waste.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Looking back is never the answer, Moving on is what life is all about It is more blessed to give than to receive You know that now, Amaya... ... full review
So-So, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...It is not an easy film to write, direct or perform. While the writing and direction is somewhat loose many times, the performances of the three central actors never falter. ... full review
So-So, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...Initial half-n-hour was pleasant and successfully captivates the viewers, but then the graph suddenly drops down a bit. However few interesting and engaging moments in the film grips you again, and raises the graph relatively. ... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...Swara Bhaskar was delightfully natural in Tanu Weds Manu, but here she displays just a few fleeting expressions that impress. She is largely mannered and self-conscious.... full review
So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Even though these events unfold very slowly and simplistically against a bland background score and you know where it’s all headed, the charming presence of these actors keeps you glued to your seats.... full review
So-So, by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster : ...There is a message in the mundane coffee shop chores, but by the time you get there, you need a cuppa or two to keep from dozing off.... full review
Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...there couldn’t have been a better choice for the lead pair than Deepti Naval and Farooque Shaikh. The two easily slip into their characters and showcase a very natural portrayal of myriad emotions... full review
VenuSpeak: Damb 2 1/2 ratings! If in 20-40's watch Vishwaroopam. Over 60's Midnight Children over 50's #DontMiss Listen.. Amaya #kvgm
tcajayant: Watched Listen Amaya today. So simple and full of heart! Not even for a moment do the actors make you feel its a film. So natural!
PankajShuklaa: Wow! They still make cinema ! Just watched Listen Amaya. What a wonderful couple Farooq and Deepti make, Still.... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10151274920781482&id=676111481
brahmatmajay: my review of listen amaya ***1/2 http://chavannichap.blogspot.in/2013/02/blog-post_1.html
bintymehta: Good to see normal looking ppl instead of a botoxed heroine n a six pack hero.Loved Deepti's wrinkles n Farooque's paunch (Listen Amaya)...
1670manoj: "Listen Amaya" - hvng a subplot of wrtng coffeetable book , delivers more than coffeeetable qlty. Farooq Shq & Dipti Naval rocks.
TheAsianAgeNews: #Listen...Amaya is a strangely contrived film set in a cafe which is completely unreal @SuparnaSharma http://www.asianage.com/movie-reviews/unblossomed-love-218
rajivvijayakar: http://www.indiawest.com/news/8807-message-lost-in-the-medium.html Listen...Amaya - but when will filmmakers LISTEN to the fact that message movies must be value for money?
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