We visited Maya Jaal after several years and our experience has been nothing but grueling. It was noon, the hottest part of the day and a film shooting was in progress with the camera men engrossed in their job. Even as I was trying to spot the lead pair amidst nattily clad youngsters and not able to find a familiar face, I heard someone say the hero and heroine had just then left the spot. Having decided to watch a movie we headed towards the ticket counters and after scanning through the different film posters around, decided to see KO as I heard the story was about an investigative journalist. We purchased the tickets and entered this largest multiplex in India which boasted of 14 screens and little expected the 40 minute wait in the multiplex would prove absolutely grueling, with the air conditioners switched off and no fans whatsoever. The seats which are provided came as no comfort when we knew we would be perspiring all the time getting drenched with our own sweat. Thankfully we were allowed to enter the theatre a good 15 minutes before the movie began and sit in airconditioned comfort. When I looked around I noticed there were none besides the two of us. But once the movie commenced people trooped in and the hall was quarter full. KO, (I still do not know what the word means) is a delightful movie and the young charming hero essayed the role of a photo journalist with absolute ease (kudos to the actor). It is a movie worth seeing as one gets to know how newspapers get their scoops, pictures and all. It all depends on how much of a risk the photo journalists are willing to take in the process.
Unfortunately Maya jaal which once figured as the first choice of children for the various indoor games it offered and something for the adults as well has lost its attraction.The only solace seems to be the latest movies screened in the multiplex for which tickets are easily available and the large Nilgiris store to shop for all kinds of things.
n.meera raghavendra rao