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Jagame Maya Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Thursday, December 15, 2022 • తెలుగు ]
Jagame Maya Review
Dhanya Balakrishna, Chaitanya Rao, Teja Ainampudi, Prithviraj
Sunil Puppala
Uday Kola, Vijay Sekhar Anne
Ajay Arasada

Jagame Maya Movie Review

'Jagame Maya' is a romantic thriller currently streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar. In this section, we are going to review the latest OTT release.


Anand (Teja) is a greedy con man who falls into a debt trap after losing monies on IPL betting. He runs away from Vijayawada and lands in Hyderabad, where he traps Chitra (Dhanya Balakrishna), a depressed widow looking for succor in life. Once married, Chitra turns out to be a different person. Meanwhile, Chitra's late husband Ajay (Chaitanya Rao) may hold some secrets about her.

Jagame Maya Movie Review


If the title of the film sounds philosophical, its caption (read 'Instant Karma') is even more so. This philosophy of 'action followed by befitting consequences' is a theme that this romantic thriller attempts to tap into time and again. While the phrase 'Instant Karma' might give a sense that the entire tale will be served to the audience in one part, the film ends with a lead to the second part. The confidence of the makers is that the audience are going to wait for 'Jagame Maya 2'.

Like the recent 'Mukhachitram', this film too had a trailer that revealed more than what it should have. The former at least had a well-meaning courtroom spin. 'Jagame Maya', on the other hand, is half-baked and stereotypical. Its abrupt ending is passed off as evidence of intelligent writing.

Jagame Maya Movie Review

Dhanya Balakrishna plays a negative role (it's not a twist, for the trailer itself had revealed it) and her villainy is made apparent only in the pre-interval block. The first 20 minutes of the second half are illogical, with her husband Anand behaving as though he is a comedian. The film becomes flat whenever Anand's self-image of a comical con man is hammered in.

Babloo Prithvireeraj plays a corporate boss whose character arc is good but the writing around him lacks a punch. Chaitanya Rao, the YouTuber who was recently seen in 'Mukhachitram', is turning out to be a good find. Teja, who plays the male protagonist Anand, looks genuine when he has to pretend to be a good person. He might well be that good in real life, he makes the audience believe.

Jagame Maya Movie Review

The narration is slow-paced even at 114 minutes. The servant maid's character robs the thriller of seriousness for a while. This is in addition to the scenes immediately following the interval. A couple of stretches in the second half work, but before the audience start expecting a sucker punch, the end credits roll.


'Jagame Maya' doesn't wrap up its story, leaving us with a few unanswered questions. While it lasts, it is riddled with not-so-novel plot points.

Rating: 2 / 5.0


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