Maayon (film)

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Maayon
Poster reading "Maayon"
Maayon poster
Directed byN. Kishore
Screenplay byArun Mozhi Manickam
Produced byArun Mozhi Manickam
Starring
CinematographyRam Prasad
Edited byRam Pandian
Kondalarao
Music byIlaiyaraja
Production
company
Double Meaning Productions
Release date
  • 24 June 2022 (2022-06-24)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Maayon is a 2022 Tamil-language mythological thriller film produced by Arun mozhi Manickam. The film stars Sibi Sathyaraj and Tanya Ravichandran in the lead roles.[1] Ilaiyaraaja has been roped into compose music for the film.[2] The film released theatrically on 24 June 2022.[3]

A gang of idol smugglers plan to steal a hidden treasure in an ancient Hindu temple, that has mysterious secrets. The film received positive reviews from audiences and was a success at the box office.[4]

Plot[edit]

An archaeological team is assigned to research an ancient temple which is headed by a shrewd and tactful archaeologist, the team embarks on a quest of exploration, unraveling the mystery.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The film is produced by Double meaning Productions with screenplay by Arun Mozhi Manickam and[5] star Sibi Sathyaraj in the lead role.[6] The film is reported to be based on the mystery of a 5000-year-old temple, and the makers stated the film is made in the genre of a "mythological thriller".[7] Ilaiyaraaja was signed as the film's music composer and cinematographer Ram Prasad. The film's official motion poster was released online on 25 August 2018.[8]

Casting[edit]

Tanya Ravichandran signed the film in October 2018 and stated that she would begin working on her scenes during the following month.[9]

Filming[edit]

The film was shot across regular schedules in late 2018 and early 2018, with the team filming scenes at Binny Mills during January 2019.[7]

Track listing[edit]

The music of the film is composed by Ilayaraja. The film’s album consists of four songs.[2]

Track listing

Reception[edit]

M. Suganth of The Times of India rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote "Most of the plot developments are delivered through exposition, and the staging doesn't give us a sense of the geography of the place. The casting and characterisation, too, don't work. Sibi Sathyaraj strains to pull off the layers in the character while Tanya's Anjana is mainly a token female presence. The tacky visual effects pretty much belong to the films we got when Marma Desam was on air. Perhaps realising this, Ilaiyaraaja comes up with an uncharacteristically bombastic score that tries to compensate for the lack of visual grandeur. The film leaves us with the feeling of having squandered an opportunity to give us a desi version of The Da Vinci Code."[10] Ram Venkat Srikar of Cinema Express rated the film 2 out of 5 stars stating that "Maayon is one of those films that is more amusing as an idea in mind or as text on paper. You can see the effort being poured in to translate this vision onto the screen, but somehow, the execution, although adequate, doesn’t do justice to the imagination of both the creator and the viewer."[11] Indiaglitz gave 2.75 out of 5 and stated "Go for this one if you fancy action adventures with the proper mix of myths and science."[12] Sruthi Ganapathy Raman of Film Companion after reviewing the film, stated "The issue with the film, which actually has a lineup of impressive actors (including KS Ravikumar in a small role), is that neither does it take its cheesiness seriously nor does it take its archeology seriously. This is clear when Arjun, a few minutes into the film, flips an ancient Chola-period coin and puts on his sunglasses to evoke “style points”, only for everyone to break into applause."[13]

Sequel[edit]

Owing to the film’s success, the makers of the film have announced a sequel to Maayon, under the title Maayon: Chapter 2.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (31 October 2018). "Tanya Ravichandran plays opposite Sibiraj in Maayon". Deccan Chronicle.
  2. ^ a b "Cine Reports".
  3. ^ "Sibiraj's 'Maayon' gets a release date - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ a b "Sibiraj's 'Maayon' to have a sequel; makers confirm".
  5. ^ "Maayon (2022) - Movie | Reviews, Cast & Release Date - BookMyShow". in.bookmyshow.com.
  6. ^ "Sibiraj & Nikila Vimal's 'Ranga' shoot wrapped - Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ a b "Sibiraj's 'Maayon' unfolds the mystery of a 5000-year-old temple - Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "WATCH: Sibiraj unveils 'Maayon' official motion poster - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Tanya Ravichandran TOI". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "Maayon Movie Review : Maayon's intriguing premise let down by inadequate filmmaking".
  11. ^ "Maayon Movie Review: A VFX showreel in search of an intriguing film".
  12. ^ "Maayon Review - Indiaglitz".
  13. ^ "Maayon Movie Review: An Interesting Premise Squandered By Melodramatic Treatment".

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