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Maya Bazaar (NTR) Review

Maya Bazaar (NTR)
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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
To many, Maya Bazaar is all about nostalgia. To the rest of us - who weren't around then - it's all about being devoured by cinema.

The purists might turn their noses up at the digital tampering. However, the 16.7 million new shades of colour, while being the new Maya Bazaar's USP, aren't the only reason it works. It's a combination of visual remastering (adding colour, as well as converting the movie to Cinemascope), audio enhancement to DTS, and a cinematic experience of watching it in a theatre - that add up to literally wash you away into another time.

And also to reaffirm a rather age-old truth - Maya Bazaar is hardly a movie to be rated. It's somewhat like rating the sunrise - what you are is what you'll see.

This comedy is based on a mythological folk tale that draws its backdrop from the Mahabharata. Balarama (Gummadi) and his sister Subhadra (Rushyendra Mani), Arjuna's wife, agree to get their respective children married once they're old enough. Sasirekha (Savitri), the former's daughter, and Abhimanyu (ANR), the latter's son, thus have been in love with each other since their childhood.

However, after the Pandavas' exile, owing to Subhadra's loss of royal status, the family is given a rather unabashed cold shoulder by Balarama's wife Revathi (Chaya Devi). Meanwhile, the Kauravas, led by Sakuni (CSR Anjaneyulu), see political gain in getting the Yadava head Balarama onto their side in case of a full-blown war with the Pandavas. So plans are now afoot to get Sasirekha married to Lakshmana Kumara (Relangi), the son of Duryodhana (Mukkamala).

Steering the wayward boat of ethics back to its right course is Lord Krishna (NTR). Ghatotkacha (S V Ranga Rao), Bheema's half-Rakshasa son endowed with magical powers, is enlisted in the task of uniting Abhimanyu and Sasirekha. Much hilarity later, all ends well.

Don't get misled - colour hasn't really made it Sanjay Leela Bhansali-esque opulent (given the technical limitations of the time, nothing can). The experience is quite overpowering nevertheless, especially when you remember that here was a team that pushed the limits of movie-making in those days.

Maya Bazaar faithfuls will notice that the flick has indeed been "touched up". A few editing changes have been made, the background track has been reworked on in some scenes, and a run time of about 10 minutes has been chopped away because of the poor quality of film.

The powerful casting is one of the factors responsible for having etched the characters into the minds of several generations. The film gently but firmly reminds you that there was only one of each of this high-powered galaxy of stars - one Savitri, one NTR, one S V Ranga Rao, one CSR, one Gummadi.

Then, there's the crisp writing, the sharp wit, and the play with language. Impeccable diction was a given in the era anyway, and it makes an attempt at mythology look more relevant then than now.

The revamped soundtrack nudges you to acknowledge the supremacy of Ghantasala's music - royal and classical, and rather the intricately woven zari border to the exquisite saree.

In the end, the whole turns out to be more than the sum of its parts. Well, whichever decade you were born in, we can't think of a good enough reason you'd miss this in a theatre.
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Maya Bazaar (NTR) (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Savitri, S V Ranga Rao, NTR, Relangi, ANR, Gummadi, CSR, Nagabhushanam, Mukkamala, Rushyendra Mani, Chaya Devi
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  • Music
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  • Director
    K V Reddy
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Unsure
Wait to rent it - No
Siva on 17th Aug 2016, 12:21am | Permalink
Number 1 movie in the 100 years of indian cienima. kudos to the legendery direcotr KV REDDY
Phaneendra Pappu on 9th Feb 2010, 10:08am | Permalink
The movie is an all time classic in Black & White and 35mm format. Colorization is fair enough but, convertion to cinemascope is bad. The whole picture is not visible and at times, the frame has to be moved up or down to keep the focus on the actors.

The pure creative brilliance of that good old movie is completely lost in this remix version. If you ever observed hard enough, the frame in which Ghatothkacha lands on a hill to start Ariel fight with Abhimanyu, there is a small stone that falls of depicting the weight of Ghatothkacha. This is achieved through whatever technology that is existing that time and shows the perfection given to the minute detail. Unfortunately, that whole effect is lost after cinemascope.

Overall, I need to buy a DVD of the old movie, before the market is flooded with the color thing.

Pros: Script, Acting, dilogue diction
Cons: Conversion to Cinemascope
KaYKaY on 7th Feb 2010, 3:27am | Permalink
I'm 27 and Mayabazar (B&W) is the third best movie(Telugu) on my list... don't worry... No 1 and 2 are also age old B&W classics... But I feel sad to say I'm not that impressed by this touch up... It feels like a 40 lady, beautiful though she's still, going on pretending to be a 20 year old maiden...
I'll put my points here... and this is completely personal...
1. Cinema scope: did we see the complete picture here? some parts of the frame are missing obviously, u can't fit good old movies onto a 70 mm without doing so..
2. Color: How can one replace the aura of the moon light from the original - eg. lahiri lahiri lahirilo
3. Blue Krishna: We might have been used to seeing this... but why Lord Krishna is always blue??? especially in Telugu movies??? I never much liked NTR's mytho color movies for similar reasons.... NTR was magnificent and royal in B&W...
4. Color again: all those mind blowing effects depicting arrows-in-sky, mayabazar formation, food items et al... i don't feel the same magic...

Maybe my opinion was skewed by my love for the original, formed by repeated watching, but this is how i felt it...
Please, please don't do the same to narthanashala, sri krishna pandaveeyam etc...

On the positive note, Savitri looks gorgeous... can't help but fall in love with her... and ANR is nice too, costumes are not bad either

Pros: Young Savitri in color... very pretty
Cons: Blue Krishna??? who are u kidding?
Murali on 5th Aug 2012, 11:46pm | Permalink
I can Answer why krishna was in blue color means he is also called as neela megha syama one of the name of Sri maha vishnu and he differentiate the lives among a god and a gods role.
digitaldreamz on 4th Feb 2010, 4:52pm | Permalink
A legendary movie, baap of all telugu movies just like sholay in hindi. so many special effects in those days without using any graphics/animations etc.
we should be lucky that it's re released in color and with dts technology.
I'm also proud that the grand daughter of the late director of this movie is my good friend
watch it and you won't regret

Pros: cast, songs, comedy, performances
Cons: nothing's coming to my mind
acharya on 4th Feb 2010, 10:43am | Permalink
this is an epic in telugu cinema. every charecter, every artist, every dialog, music every thing is great. and moreover watching legends spell magic is an intresting fact. don't miss this awesome movie.
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