Maya (1966 film)

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Maya theatrical release poster.jpg
Directed by John Berry
Produced by Frank King
Maurice King
Screenplay by John Fante
Story by Gilbert Wright
Based on Maya (1966 novel)
by Jalal Din
John Fante
Lois Roth
Starring Jay North
Sajid Khan
Clint Walker
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Günther Senftleben
Edited by Richard V. Heermance
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • May 26, 1966 (1966-05-26) (Germany)

  • June 22, 1966 (1966-06-22) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

Maya is a 1966 American drama in Metrocolor and Panavision, the coming of age story of a young man in the jungles of India. It was directed by John Berry and starred Jay North and Sajid Khan.


Fourteen-year-old Terry Bowen (Jay North) travels from the US to India to meet his father Hugh Bowen (Clint Walker) for the very first time. After a dispute with his father, Terry runs away and is befriended by Raji (Sajid Khan). Together, Terry and Raji have many adventures in the jungles of India. The cultural and religious differences between American Christian Terry and Indian Hindu Raji add to the conflicts in the plot, but together the two boys overcome their differences to survive and to deliver Maya (a sacred white elephant) and her calf to a far away temple.


Television series[edit]

Producer King took the story of Maya to television with a television series that aired on NBC during the 1967–1968 season. Sajid Khan and Jay North reprised their roles and the series lasted 18 episodes.

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