Maja Ma Rating 2.5/5 & Rating
Maya MA is the story of the dark past of a “perfect” woman. Pallavi Patel (Madhuri Dixit) is a devoted housewife who lives with her husband Manohar (Gajraj Rao) and daughter Tara (Srishti Shrivastava). Her son Tejas (Ritwik Bhowmik) went to the USA to study and work. There he falls in love with Esha (Barkha Singh), the daughter of the very wealthy Bob Hansraj (Rajit Kapur) and Pam (Sheeba Chadha). Bob and Pam are not happy with this relationship as they feel that Tejas is not up to their class level. They also fear that he wants to marry Esha because of her wealth. Bob asks him to take a lie detector test. To Bob’s surprise, he passes with flying colours. However, he has one more condition – he wants to meet Teja’s parents to make sure he comes from a respected family. So they fly to Ahmedabad. Navratri celebrations take place and Pallavi is the main dancer in their living society. Manohar is the company’s chairman and Viral (Kavin Dave) wants to usurp his position. He is looking for that one opportunity that will help him in his endeavor. As luck would have it, he comes across a shocking video of Pallavi. He has it played during the Navratri celebrations in the presence of everyone including Bob, Pam, and Esha. Pallavi’s life is turned upside down by this video. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of Sumit Batheja is novel and fascinating. Sumit Batheja’s screenplay doesn’t quite do justice to the excellent plot. Some scenes are well executed and thought out. But in several places the writing is not dense. Sumit Batheja’s dialogues are as sharp as they are funny.
Anand Tiwari’s directing is decent. The setting is very authentic and gives the film a nice touch. He also manages to capture the characters, their dynamics and the confrontations that ensue. Some scenes are well executed, like Tejas’ polygraph test, the Hansraj family’s first day in the Patels’ household, the break, etc. The scene where Manohar goes to the pharmacy is the funniest scene in the film. The outbursts of Kanchan (Simone Singh), Pallavi and Pam are breathtaking sequences. The finale is sweet.
On the other hand, the manner in which Pallavi confesses seems forced. The blood cancer bit had no relevance and one wonders why it was added to the film. It’s also confusing that the polygraph test is so late. Apparently Bob is worried about his reputation and ideally should have taken the test right away. Instead, he goes on a picnic with the Patels, though he’s made it clear he doesn’t want to be anywhere near them until the allegations are cleared. Tara’s characterization also seems problematic and viewers will be left confused about their marriage.
MAJA MA’s biggest problem, however, is that it’s marketed as a clean family entertainer, and that’s exactly what this film isn’t. For example, one funny scene involves a character getting a massive erection and the embarrassment this causes to everyone around them. The creators should have given a hint to these aspects in the trailers so that the viewers know what they are letting themselves in for. Agreed that the film talks about the normalization of such issues. It wouldn’t have hurt to be informed beforehand. Movies like VICKY DONOR BADHAAI HO BADHAAI DO  etc also covered taboo subjects but made sure it was properly promoted.
Maja Ma – Official Trailer | Madhuri Dixit, Gajraj Rao, Ritwik Bhowmik, and Barkha Singh
Speaking of performance, Madhuri Dixit is graceful as always and delivers an amazing performance. She is also sensitive to her tough character and is sure to be loved. Gajraj Rao is reliable as always. Her screen time is limited in the first half, but he shines later. Ritwik Bhowmik looks sharp and delivers a capable performance. Barkha Singh leaves a big mark. Srishti Shrivastava appears confident. Rajit Kapur and Sheeba Chadha meet the requirements. Simone Singh (Kanchan) is lovely although a little disappointed in the character. The same applies to Ninad Kamat (Moolchand). Malhar Thakar, Kavin Dave and Shruta Rawat (Sanjana) are fair.
Songs are not memorable except for ‘Boom Padi’. Kruti Mahesh’s choreography is beautiful. ‘Kacchi Doriyaan’ and ‘Ae Pagli’ make no sign. Souumil Sringarpure’s background score is reasonable.
Debojeet Ray’s cinematography is decent and the lens man captures the mood and locations well. Laxman Keluskar’s production design is realistic. Rishi Sharma and Manoshi Nath’s costumes are glamorous, especially Madhuri and Barkha’s. Sanyukta Kaza’s editing is fine.
Overall, MAJA MA rests on a novel premise and skillful delivery, and also makes an important comment. However, the loopholes in the script and the mismarketing as a clean family entertainer will run counter to the film. Average fare.