Ye Maaya Chesave – Sweet early romance drama with Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Prabhu

Serendipity smiled down on me.  I’ve been so busy with holiday nonsense that I haven’t had time to watch movies much the last few weeks.

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 I actually have owned this movie, Ye Maaya Chesave (What Magic Have You Done — a very appropriate title) for months.  I bought it in a DVD bundle when I took a chance on a Bhavani DVD order.  Another movie in the bundle, starring Nagarjuna in King, I did not like that much and this other DVD got pushed to the back of the pile.  I was looking for something else this week and came upon it.  When I ordered it, I did not know either actor in that front cover pic, but they sure look familiar to me now!
This was Samantha Prabhu’s first movie! This was only Naga Chaitanya’s second film from 2010.  That’s why it was bundled with his father’s movie!  Evidently, it was a huge Telugu hit.  The director, Gautham Menon just directed Chaitanya again in that movie I saw in the theater last month, Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo   (FYI, if you don’t know Samantha and Chaitanya recently got engaged in real life.)
I will tell you straight out that both leads show that this is an early film.  There’s sort of a fidgeting to some scenes like they don’t quite know what to do with themselves — they don’t yet have that confident screen presence they do now.
ye-maya-chesave-movie-stills-_26_But there are a few scenes that are just pure magic! The awkwardness and how young they look fit with the characters.  Poor Chaitanya has got acne, and Samantha is so baby-faced!
The movie starts in a church and Jessie (Samantha Prabhu) is the bride, and Karthik (Chaitanya) is sitting in the pews with his head in his hand. “Why did I have to fall in love with Jessie?”  And, flashback for half the movie.
It’s young first love.  Forbidden love because she’s Christian and he’s Hindu.  He’s a jerk in front of her brother and father and they hate him.  But oh my gosh the young love is so sweet, but sometimes with a little edge to it.  Karthik wants to be a film director and doesn’t have a job, which on top of being Hindu does not endear him to Jessie’s dad.  Poor Jessie’s only been allowed to see five films her whole LIFE.  (Also, nice twist that the girl is two years older than the boy.)
Real life director, Puri Jagannadh (Pokiri), cameos as the director on whose film Karthik finally gets a job as an assistant director.
There are many twists to the story.  Karthik is a jerk and needs to grow up in the worst way.  Jessie needs to get a spine at moments, but then does so in spectacular fashion.  It’s one of those movies that feels both like a real complicated relationship, and also so filmi with moments for love songs that just sweep you away.
The ending is just filmi swoon inducing.  I had to play the last 10 minutes all over again when I finished because this one speech of Karthik’s at the end —  just the best.
The music is all A R. Rahman and is an awesome soundtrack.  This director films his movies in Tamil and Telugu at the same time — but with different casts.  I was absolutely tickled at the exotic locale for this fantasy song when he’s first falling — Princeton!!
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I really loved how the song Kundanapu Bomma was edited into the film.  Karthik is having this fantasy of sweeping Jessie off her feet and taking her in his arms and kissing her.  And the action goes back in forth from the fantasy to the reality of his first tentative kisses, and then the slap he gets!  (I’ve marked the video about where that bit starts.)
Evidently Samantha the actress is half Telugu and half Malayalam, and her character is as well.  So key parts of the movie are in Kerala.  The wedding scene with her bridal boat approaching the big white church is just stunning.  I got a kick out of fish out of water Telugu Karthik and his friend to make their way in Kerala.  “Guys in colored lungis are going to beat us up, Karthik, why do we have to go to Kerala?!” 
1323341228631871Thanks to this film, I now have maybe my all time favorite line in an Indian movie.  When the two lead characters meet in Central Park in NYC, they hug and then the guy says, “This is America!  I can kiss you in the middle of the road!”  And he does, repeatedly.
So glad I own this one but I found the whole thing is on Youtube with subs!
I’m going to tell my husband “This is America!  I can kiss you in the middle of the road!”
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8 thoughts on “Ye Maaya Chesave – Sweet early romance drama with Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Prabhu

  1. T.J Stevens December 19, 2016 / 5:03 am

    I am so glad you liked Ye Maaya Chesave 🙂 It’s one of my most favorite movies! This is the movie that made me a fan of both Naga Chaitanya and Samantha. I personally feel that Naga Chaitanya’s next best movie is 100% Love, if you want to check it out.

    By the way, the guy that plays the director is actually not Gautham Menon. It’s another director named Puri Jagannadh who made movies like Pokiri and Bujjigadu. Also this is not one of A.R. Rahman’s first Telugu albums for sure. He doesn’t do only Telugu albums often but he’s been doing them since the early 90s. Plus most of the Tamil movies he scores for usually get dubbed into Telugu.

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    • moviemavengal December 19, 2016 / 5:16 am

      Thanks for the corrected info! I will definitely look for 100% Love!

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  2. Ryan C. December 19, 2016 / 7:15 am

    This sounds like a good one! I have heard of Bhavani but have yet to order anything. I think I have browsed the site a bit, but I wasn’t really aware of these great bundles. I am very tempted by the Akkineni Nagarjuna blu-ray bundle. He was fantastic in Manam (I love-love-loved everything about that film!) I also recently watched him in Manmadhudu and really liked that one as well. How was your experience ordering from Bhavani? I normally order my Indian blu-rays from a couple of sellers on ebay. I haven’t dealt with any of the sites.

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    • moviemavengal December 19, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      I’ve had mixed experiences with Bhavani DVD, but mostly good. I think they have the best bundles for Telugu films. This summer I had an order where part of it came right away, and the rest was weeks and weeks later. I think they were moving warehouses or something. But the selection for Telugu and the bundle deals can’t be beat. I loved Manam, and I will look for Manmadhudu. Thanks for the rec!

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  3. Niki May 14, 2017 / 1:08 am

    Hey! I know you like Naga Chaitanya so here’s the trailer to his new movie that’s coming out in a couple of weeks. It looks like a pretty routine story but it looks colorful and kind of fresh 🙂

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      • Niki May 14, 2017 / 6:07 am

        By the way, Rarandoi Veduka Chudham means something to the effect of “Come on, let’s see the wedding venue”. Just based on the trailer, this movie looks quite similar to Nagarjuna’s Ninne Pelladatha. You might want to check it out, I think it’s on Einthusan with subtitles. Ninne Pelladatha is one of my favorite Nagarjuna movies and I think it’s kind of similar to those 90s Hindi family romances like HAHK and DDLJ.

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      • moviemavengal May 14, 2017 / 3:04 pm

        Thank you again for the translation and the Nagarjuna recommendation!

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