“sex is not a promise” an epic line from the movie Mayanadhi
Aishwarya Lekshmi, an MBBS graduate from Kochi, geared up in the movie, ‘Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela’. Lekshmi played the role Rachel, the female lead opposite one of the biggest stars of Malayalam cinema right now Nivin Pauly. Her character was a techie in the film who meets Nivin’s character, Kurian, at a crucial point in their lives. Aashiq Abu’s Maayanadhi is all the rage now, with youngsters taking up the movie. The movie features a few kissing scenes with its lead actors Tovino Thomas and Aishwarya Lekshmi, unusual for Malayalam films. Aishwarya too admits in an interview to a publication that she was apprehensive how the scenes would be accepted by the audience. They were not taken in a vulgar manner, and the team has not used it for marketing, she said. She is proud to be part of the movie, and her only concern now is how her parents will view the scenes, she said.
Mayaanadhi is a romance disguised as a crime thriller. When the curtain goes up, a series of events unfold that force Mathan (Tovino) into hiding. While he stays low key to escape the police, the film explores his long-standing relationship with Aparna, which is now in the doldrums since she no longer trusts him for reasons that are completely his fault. “Sex is not a promise.” we cannot believe these words heard from a heroine in a mainstream Mollywood venture. Aparna Ravi or Aps in Mayaanadhi is a far cry from the coy virgins of past Indian films for whom sex was usually a mistake that almost inevitably led to a pregnancy.
There is so much to recommend in Mayaanadhi. The attractive Aishwarya Lekshmi, for one, a model-turned-actor who is effortlessly glamorous on screen. In Mayaanadhi she is handed a vast canvas and wonderfully nuanced writing to display her considerable acting chops. For its non-traditionalism, smooth flow, credible characters and situations and so much else, the true stars of Mayaanadhi are director Aashiq Abu and his frequent collaborators, writers Syam Pushkaran and Dileesh Nair. Their lead pair come across as real people with real dilemmas. Neither of them is flawless, but unlike in most commercial Indian cinema, the man’s mess-ups in the relationship are not casually justified or glorified. And it is a joy to see a woman who is strong but not in a cliched filmi fashion: her strength is believably human and not divine.