Review: Listen Amaya
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Cast: Farooqe Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Swara Bhaskar
Director:Avinash Kumar Singh
The Indian Express rating: **
A young woman trying to come to terms with her long-widowed mother's new beau is the focus of 'Listen… Amaya'. Amaya ( Bhaskar) gets along swimmingly with Jazz ( Shaikh) till she realizes that he is, for her mother ( Naval), not a temporary diversion but permanent companion.
This we know in the first few minutes. The rest of it goes along placidly, sometimes much too much so, and in many places amateurishly, as we see Amaya struggle to let go the memories of her past. This is a film which has warmth and good intentions. Where do we see a charming coffee house-and- conversation as thedriving force in a Hindi film? 'Listen Amaya' brings us a Delhi which is cosy, comfortable, English-speaking ( you can hear the English cadences in the Hindi that is spoken ). It is easy to slip into Amaya's world. It is also easy to embrace old screen flames Farooque and Deepti ( in one priceless moment he refers to her as Miss Chamko, referencing her immortal role in Chashme Baddoor' the immortal Delhi film).
And there is an unexpected twist in the end, which brings a lump to your throat. You know this is where the film is heading to if you're alert to its early signals. This gives the film heft, but not enough. I liked some of 'Listen Amaya', I really wanted to like it more.