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Film: Ye Maya Chesaave
Rating: 3.5/5
Indira Productions
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Krishnudu, Tanya, Surekha Vani, Sanjay Swarup, Devan, Lakshmi, Puri Jagannadh, Trisha Alex and others
Music: A R Rahman
Cinematography: Manoj Paramahamsa
Editing: Anthony
Story, screenplay, direction: Gautham Menon
Producers: Manjula, Sanjay Swarup
Release date: 26/02/2010

Oscar winning music director and India’s pride AR Rehman scored for a Telugu movie after a very long time.  Goutam Vasudev Menon, a class director who makes movies with his heart has come up with an interesting title ‘Ye Maya Chesaave’. When looked at its Tamil title ‘Vinnathandi Varuvaya’, I understood it means ‘vennela daati vastaava’…sounded something interesting. At the same time I understood it’s a movie just for a set of audiences but not for everyone.

I entered the theatre carrying the same opinion and also doubted a bit if I fall in that ‘set of audience those may like this flick’. I was looking the blank white screen in front of me and the censor certificate appeared. Yes, the movie started. The titles started rolling…but in a very different fashion where I haven’t seen so far. The taste of director is understood for showing creativity even in that minute detail. And I didn’t carry away with that. I have many experiences of watching many bad movies those started with interesting things…After 10-15 minutes, I understood that I’m getting disconnected from the narration. I didn’t understand what I was watching. Was that a documentary on interstate love? Or a video on Kerala Tourism? Or a Malayalam learning class? I also heard some murmurs from back seats. The Re-Recording didn’t appeal at all. It sounded like a 10 year old TV serial. Every aspect started appearing disappointing and erratic for me.

But don’t know what magic worked, I have forgotten myself after a while. It’s a saga into nostalgia. It’s a journey into feel. It’s an odyssey into a passionate pleasure of life. Verdant Kerala, vibrant songs, jubilant age, vigilant father, elegant heroine, radiant hero and latent mood started dancing in symphony holding my heart strings. That was a blissful moment from then.

Samanta…!! The gal is like a madrigal. She is gifted with poetic features and she has very bright future. Goutam Menon placed her on right platform. Her poetic eyes, expressive lips, impressive looks and every aspect of her histrionics proved that she is a beauty with talent.

Naga Chaitanya deserves very good commendations for his portrayal. He has shown maturity just in his second movie…Still he needs to grow, but for the role of a hero who is two year younger than heroine, he did right justice and none other would have grooved in the role so well. However, he must flex his face muscles to show the pain and emotion in romantic sequences in his future flicks. His dialogue delivery is good and he has a positive body language. This is a mature performance from him.

Krishnudu did his bit as required, Surekha Vani was standard, Sanjay Swarup was okay, Devan didn’t have much to do, Puri Jagannadh was natural, the others contributed effectively with their performances.

Dialogues by Anuradha are very natural and clear. There is no drama but truth in every word penned by her. She too has bright future as scrip writer.

Well, Naga Chitanya plays the role of Karthik and Samanta plays Jessie.

Karthik (Chaitu) is an engineering pass out whose aim is to become a movie maker. His life takes a turn with the arrival of Jesse (Samantha), the Christian girl of the landlord Joseph (Devan). It is love at first sight for Karthik and despite the age gap and other barriers, he is blindly after her. A game of touch me not happens and Jesse says yes to him. But what lies in store for Karthik is unexpected and how his life takes a turn after that forms the rest of the story.

AR Rehman clean bowled every one with his songs. Goutam Menon did real ‘maya’!!

This is the movie that should be watched not with eyes but with nostalgia. This is the movie that should be understood not with brains but with hearts. Purely, this movie appeals those who have crossed their Graduate studies, Engineering studies, MBBS, MCAs and MBAs. This master piece pulls the senses of audiences with its magic despite they sit with resistance to get lured. It’s the film for class audience those are in the age group 25 ++. The second half is better than first half and the magic worked till the last. The last 15 minutes is very predictable for Telugu audience but still captivating. The closing of the film is very convincing and creative. Appearance of Trisha and Simbu in last scene attracts attention and boosts up interest.

It’s a very genuine script and honest attempt. Goutam is so lucky to find producers for making a film of this sort without demanding for so-called commercial elements which have been the part of cine-religion…high voltage fights, exposing heroines and vulgar dialogues. This movie gives strength for new writers those pen scripts with honesty deep from their hearts.

‘Ye Maya Chesaave’ is an example for a standard of a movie when it goes on to screen directly from heart without any adulteration.

It’s a tender nostalgic ray
That hits hearts and paves way
What else should I say?
Than telling you to watch Ye Maya Chesaave…!!

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Film: Ye Maaya Chesave - TELUGU CINEMA

Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Krishnudu, Devan, Surekha Vani, Lakshmi, Sanjay Swarup, Sudheer, Trisha Alex, Shimbu and Trisha (in guest appearances)

Dialogues: Umargee Anuradha
Music: A.R.Rehman
Cinematography: Manoj Paramahansa
Editing: Anthony
Art: Rajeevan
Fights: Selva
Costumes: Nalini Sriram
Banner: Indira Creations
Produced by: Sanjay Swarup
Story, screenplay and directed by: Gautham Vasudev Menon
Release date: Feb 26, 2010

CBFC Rating: U/A

What’s it about
Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) is just 22 years old and finished Engineering and aims to become film director. He falls in love with 24-year-old Jessy (Samantha), daughter of his house owner. Jessy is Malayali Christian and works with a software company. First she refuses Karthik’s proposal of love as he is younger than her and she’s Christian and he’s Hindu. But when he comes down to Aleppy when she moves there on a Holiday to impress her and she falls for his charms. Next comes how they go through family problems, their emotional conflicts, etc.


After a long time, here comes a very refreshing and beautifully told romantic story. Ye Maaya Chesave is engaging and touching. Tamil director Gautham Menon weaves magic on the screen with some heart touching scenes, poignant moments, beautiful frames, and realistic performances. Rarely we do see a love story told in realistic way with casual dialogues on Telugu screen. Gautham Menon’s film scores there in big way. Story per se is not new but the director’s touch of class in presenting it, narrating it in matured manner grabs us. Anyone who craves for sensitivity in movies would love this one! And those who have fallen in love or tasted romance in their live even more like it! Gautham’s eye for visual beauty, extracting honest performances from the young lead cast, sense for simplicity and realistic approach strikes the chord with us. What this reviewer really liked most is the way the director ha captured the longings of young couple, their confusions and emotional chasm. In most of our Telugu film love stories (or for that matter Tamil movies also), young couple’s desires are shown in cheap manner, here he presents them so delightfully and naturally.

Naga Chaitanya wooing the girl, convincing her and kissing in Train, Samantha expressing her anger before leaving the hero, New York episode show what a fine director Gautham is.


Add to that chemistry between Naga Chaitanya and Samantha is awesome. Especially the girl’s beauty is bewitching. Stunning visuals and Rehmana’s some soulful numbers further elevate the mood of the movie.


On the downside, it is slow paced and before the interval it slackens. Also the heavy usage of English dialogues might not go well with a section of audiences. Entire episode of New York and Climax sequences really stand out. It is completely the director’ film.

Like his father and grand father, Naga Chaitanya is at home in romantic scenes. This film proves that he should have made debut in love story rather than action story like he did. Naga Chaitanya’s asset is his voice and his casual acting style. Chaitanya has improved much better in performance from his first film but he needs to look after his face. He still looks very ‘boyish’. He can now confidently act in more romantic films and strengthen his position.

Samantha is real scene-stealer. Her beauty is alluring. She can go places in Tollywood if she makes right moves and selects right films. She is good at subtle moments and expressing it with eyes. She is the girl to watch out for. Singer Chinmayi’s voice is perfect and we should thank Gautham for taking Chinmayi instead of regular and boring voices of Savitha Reddy, etc.

Chemistry between both the lead actors rocks.

Among other cast, Devan makes impact. Producer Sanjay Swarup as father to Naga Chiatanya is okay. Krisnudu is okay but his voice dominates than his actions. That is his drawback. Puri Jagannadh, Trisha and Shimbu appear in guest roles.

Visually the film is eye-feast. Manoj Paramhamsa’s camera captures the backwaters of Kerala, Hyderabad and New York so beautifully. Every frame looks rich. Art direction, editing by Antony is neat. Rehman’s songs are not that good on hearing but they are in sync with the mood of the movie. ‘Kundanapu Bomma..’, “Ee Hridayam.. “ are good.

Dialogues by Umargee Anuradha are okay but the heavy usage of English should have been avoided (probably it is choice of Gautham). Nalini Sriram's costumes are uber cool. Sarees designed for the heroine so pretty. As a director, Gautham Menon emerges winner. It is completely his film, part of the episodes look like his autobiography (assistant director, Kerala episodes). He has always been good at handling romantic scenes but looks like he has really poured in his heart in this movie. Undoubtedly, he deserves all the praise for everything in this flick.



Gautham Menon weaves magic with some beautiful romantic moments on screen with Ye Maaya Chesave. Great chemistry between the young star couple, great visuals, nice songs, and heart touching scenes really grab you. It is simple but sensitively, realistically made with lot of conviction. The movie haunts you and stays in you even after leaving the movie hall. Go for it and enjoy.  

Rating: 3.5/5

Reviewed by: JP


Film: Ye Maaya Chesave
Jeevi rating: 4/5 - idlebrain

Punchline: it's a classic!
Genre: Romance
Type: Straight
Banner: Indira Productions

Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Krishnudu, Sanjay Swaroop, Surekha Vani

Music: AR Rahman
Cinematography: Manoj Paramahamsa
Editing: Anthony
Lyrics: Anant Sreeram
Dialogues: Anuradha
Story - screenplay - director: Gowtam Vasudev Menon
Producer: Sanjay Swaroop
Release date: 26 February 2010
Theater watched: Prasads multiplex (screen 2), Hyderabad



ye maya chesave Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) is an engineering graduate who wants to pursue his career as a film director. Samantha is his neighbour and he falls in love with her at the very first sight. But there are two catches. One is that she is elder to him and the bigger hitch is that she is a Malayali Christian. He proposes to her and she slowly falls for his guts and his perseverance. Her strict father comes to know about it and settles her marriage. She loves him, but can’t hurt her entire family by marrying him. The rest of the story is all about how Karthik achieves his passion to become a film director and tastes success at the personal front.

Artists Performance

ye maya chesave Naga Chaitanya: Naga Chaitanya is extremely natural in the role of Karthik. It is basically a conversational film with too many tight close-ups. It takes real confidence and acting prowess to do such scenes in an authoritative manner. Naga Chaitanya proves that he is a brilliant actor with his performance in this movie. His dialogue delivery and body language is highly authentic. You are not going to believe that this is his second film after watching his performance. It’s a top notch effort from him and he will do wonders in the future.

ye maya chesaveSamantha: Samantha’s debut is one of the best heroine debuts in Telugu cinema. This dusky beauty is highly charming and she is cool in acting as well. The minute expressions she gave spoke volumes about her. Lots of credit should go to director for etching her beautiful characterization. I absolutely loved the voice of the artist who dubbed her. She is the same one who dubbed the voice of Sameera Reddy in ‘Surya s/o Krishnan’. It’s husky and contemporary.

ye maya chesaveOthers: Krishnudu is very good as hero’s friend. Sanjay Swaroop (producer and husband of Manjula) did the role of hero’s father and he suited it well. Puri Jagan played as himself for a few scenes. Trisha and Simbhu (who acted in the Tamil version of the same) did a cameo. All other actors are cast appropriately. Surekha Vani is very good.

Technical departments

ye maya chesaveStory: Men are simple and women are complex. When it comes to love, man proposes to a woman with plain heart and with no complications. Women, on the other hand make simple things complicated with their complex behaviour. Gowtam Menon has beautifully explored that point and penned a wonderful story of a simple guy who would do anything for love and a complex girl who keeps vacillating about taking decisions.

ye maya chesavescreenplay - direction: Screenplay of the movie is very good. The movie could end at any point after interval. It needs tremendous narrative skills and screenplay to make people get interested in the second half because the movie can end at the moment hero/heroine converge upon on marriage. I loved the love episodes between Surya and Sameera Reddy (train scene) in Surya s/o of Krishnan and wondered when he is going to make such a story into a full-leangth feature film and Gowtam Menon answered my wish with his next movie by filling it full of magical moments and sweet nothings. It’s a astonishing work by Gowtam Menon. You can’t separate a moment from the movie to be the best. This movie is like a seamless flow of visual poetry.

ye maya chesaveOther departments: Music by AR Rehman is awesome. Songs are extremely good and background score, rerecording and mixing is perfectly done. All songs are picturized extremely well. Cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa breath-taking. The choice of locations and camera work blended seamlessly. Dialogues by Anuradha are extremely natural and contemporary. Art direction by Rajeevan is superb. Editing my Anthony is flawless. Production values by Indira Productions are impeccable.

ye maya chesaveAnalysis: I had never seen such a wonderful movie that deals with the straightforward nature of a man and complex nature of a woman so perfectly. Everybody must have gone through these moments in their lives and you are sure to get nostalgic watching some moments in this movie. The entire movie is excellent and extremely engaging except for 10 minutes (in second half from the breakup to the scene where other female proposes him). It takes guts and tremendous conviction makes a movie like Ye Maya Chesave from the director, producer and hero (It was Naga Chaitanya who set this combination up). All three of them should be appreciated for making this movie happen. Ye Maya Chesave movie should do extremely well in multiplexes and A centers. I wish/hope/want this movie to do well in B/C centers as well. This film has all the ingredients for a movie to remain as a timeless classic. Go and watch it!!

idlebrain - GV


Film: Ye Maaya Chesave
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Krishnudu and others.
Action: Silva.
Art: Rajeevan.
Banner: Indira Productions.
Cinematography: Manoj Paramahamsa.
Costume Design: Nalini Sriram.
Editing: Anthony.
Lyrics: Anantha Sriram.
Music: AR Rehman.
Producer: Sanjay Swaroop.
Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon.
Release Date: February 26, 2010

Movie : Ye Maya Chesave
Rating: 4.5/5
Cast : Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Krishnudu, Tanya, Surekha Vani, Sanjay Swarup, Devan, Lakshmi, Puri Jagannadh, Trisha Alex and others
Directed by : Gautham Menon
Produced by : Manjula, Sanjay Swar
Banner : Indira Productions
Music : A R Rahman
Release Date : 2010-02-26

Story :

Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) wants to pursue a career in films as a director though he is an engineer and faces protest from his parents. Meanwhile, his house owner Joseph (Devan) has got a daughter Jesse (Samantha) and it on seeing her that Karthik's heart flutters and he falls for her instantly. From then on, he keeps going after her to win her heart and after few moments of yes and no, she finally admits her feelings for him. However, life takes a turn for Karthik due to something that Jesse does and that transforms their relationship. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.

Artist performances :

Naga Chaitanya has given a mature performance yet again and though he could have shown subtlety and emotion during sensitive scenes, overall it is a good job from him. Samantha looks very nice and even her performance is remarkable for a debutante. She has confidence, poise and good screen presence. Krishnudu came up with some humor, Surekha Vani was normal, Devan made his presence felt though briefly, Puri Jagannadh was himself, Sanjay Swarup was average, the others didn't have much to offer.

Plus points :

  • Cinematography
  • Screenplay
  • Single shot scenes
  • Visual effects
  • Content execution


Minus points :

non-situational songs -
very less in this film

Movie - Highlights

  • AR Rehman clean bowled every one with his songs. Goutam Menon did real ‘maya’!! second half is better than
  • first half and the magic worked till the last.
  • This movie gives strength for new writers those pen scripts with honesty deep from their hearts.
  • The cinematographer brings Kerala right into your theatres, music is good.
  • Naga Chaitanya plays his role of a man hopelessly in love and at the same time yearning to make it in his career.he will do wonders in the future.
  • Music by AR Rehman is amazing in this movie
  • Dialogues by Anuradha are extremely natural and Modish.
  • Ye Maya Chesave movie should do extremely well in multiplexes and A centers.
  • Production values by Indira Productions are impeccable.
  • YMC Realy refreshing romantic story.
  • ‘Kundanapu Bomma..’, “Ee Hridayam.. “ are good.

Analysis :

The film is basically a mature romantic treat and given the depth of feelings, it strikes the raw nerve of many who have been through a similar experience in real life. While the first half is on the lighter side of emotions, things get intense during the second half and unknowingly, the audience gets dragged into the story. This is high on technical values and production aspects so departments like cinematography, screenplay, editing are masterly. This clubbed with mature performances has given a new appeal to the movie. On the commercial aspect, the film will appeal big time to the A-class audience and given the experience of the movie, perhaps the masses can also pick up a straw or two.

Ye Maaya Chesave. Great chemistry between the young star couple, great visuals, nice songs, and heart touching scenes really grab you. It is simple but sensitively, Watch this film for the way Goutham Menon tugs at your heart strings with his visual poetry and simple dialogues. Watch it once, you won't mind watching it again and again...........

Vebtoday Rating 4.5/5