You loved the way Jazz and your Ma got along You loved his banter when he was around You planned your first book with his support And you were on top of the World when the concept came through Tell me why... Amaya?
And then one day you realized That Ma and Jazz were more than best friends And you decided it was not fair That you had society to answer to Tell me why... Amaya?
You flattened Ma with your silence When all she was asking of you, was to Listen... Amaya For you, YOU mattered the most What about me? What about me? Was your constant cry Tell me why... Amaya?
Your Ma's feelings were never a concern What she wanted was not on your agenda How she sacrificed her life for you, came to naught How could Ma do this? Is all what you thought Tell me why... Amaya?
Your Dad passed away 12 years ago Ma buried her grief in loving you Her pain was poignant, but your joy was important She ensured you were shielded from the past Tell me why... Amaya?
You are a forward thinking woman, Amaya At least that was what you wanted all to believe But when it came to giving and loving You decided that YOU needed to receive Tell me why... Amaya?
We all have to Let Go We cannot let grief bind us to the past Looking back is never the answer, Moving on is what life is all about It is more blessed to give than to receive You know that now, Amaya...
Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval exude that rare charm which is hard to find in any romance depicted on screen of late. Their expressions, timing and reasoning, punctuated with deft silences are what excellent performances are all about. Swara Bhaskar as Amaya invites you to reach out and slap her. If she has been able to evoke that response from the viewer, then it has to be a grand performance.
First time director Avinash Kumar Singh gets his screenplay to perfection in depicting the plight of our so-called forward thinking youngsters. He also dwells on the pain of Amaya who has grown up without the protective arm of her father and explores, very subtly the torment of Jayant (Farooq Sheikh) and Leela (Deepti Naval). He also lets you take a walk into the mind of Amaya, who puts society before self and family.
At the end of the day, we all have our lives to live. When the children are ready to leave the nest, don't single parents have the right to love someone?
It's not always about sex.
LISTEN... AMAYA is for everyone who has the time to look beyond the needs of self.
Take a bow, Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh. A 'now' story, lovingly told!