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Maya Memsaab (Maya: The Enchanting Illusion)(1993)


Maya Memsaab, also known as Maya: The Enchanting Illusion, is a 1993 Indian drama film directed by . The film tells the story of Maya, a beautiful and mysterious woman who has an affair with a married man named Gautam. As their relationship intensifies, Maya begins to manipulate and control Gautam, ultimately leading to tragic consequences for both of them.


Maya Memsaab is a visually stunning film that explores the dark and complex themes of obsession and desire. The film's lush cinematography, elegant production design, and haunting music all work together to create an immersive and sensual experience. The performances are excellent, with delivering a nuanced and layered portrayal of Gautam and bringing a sense of mystery and allure to the character of Maya. While the film is undoubtedly beautiful, it also delves into some uncomfortable and challenging territory, including infidelity and manipulation, making it a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant experience.


Maya Memsaab was not a commercial success when it was released, but it was critically acclaimed and won several awards, including:

  • Best Cinematography at the National Film Awards
  • Best Actress at the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for 's performance as Maya
  • Best Cinematography at the Filmfare Awards
  • Best Art Direction at the Screen Awards

While the film may not be as well-known as some of 's other movies, it remains a unique and compelling entry in his filmography and a powerful exploration of love, lust, and the dangers of obsession.

Directed by
Produced by
Written by Sitanshu Yashaschandra (screenplay)
Hriday Lani (dialogue)
Gulan Kriplani (Maya's monologues)
Based on Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Starring ,
Music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar
Gulzar (lyrics)
Cinematography Anoop Jotwani
Edited by Renu Saluja
Release date 2 July 1993
Running time 115 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office est. ₹ 1.85 crore

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