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Offbeat Hindi movies : Listen Amaya

Offbeat Hindi movies 

An art film is typically a serious, independent film aimed at a focused audience rather than a mass market audience.  As art films often aims to present an artistic/aesthetic work and lacks any commercial approach. Often such film handles offbeat, unorthodox and complex subjects. Sometimes the scripts does a whistle-blower work. 

Many of the art movies are exhibited at international film festivals and are never released in public domain. As production is focused, the desired outcome is almost guaranteed. Most of the films thus receive international awards, critical acclaim and still hardly known to masses. Reach of such movies is normally confined to a small circle of viewers. These films are missed by the common man due to poor/restricted advertisement and exposure. Fortunately or unfortunately, all such movies satisfy the definition of a movie by Rosen,

Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.- Marjorie Rosen

These films have power to change the mindset of the people, educate them and uplift the society. The sad part is, even when distributed freely on You-tube, these movies are hardly watched. For the benefit of readers, I will be writing  series on such such unconventional movies.  Movies, which I have watched and now my favorites. Please do share your views as well !

Listen Amaya - You don't have to be right, you have to be happy

Return of the magnetic duo - Farouque Shaikh (Jayant, a photographer) and Dipti Naval (Leela, a off-beat cafe-owner) - is the main attraction. Third character is Leela's daughter Amaya, played by Swara Bhaskar, helps her mother and interested in writing a book. Jayant inspires her to write a photo-book and offers his assistance as a photographer. Story revolves around how Amaya takes when her co-author turned best friend comes more closer to her mom.

Both Farouqueji and Diptiji has acted subtle and justified the character. Amaya by Swarabhaskar is apt. Supporting actors played their small roles elegantly. Design of offbeat coffee cafe, furnishing from Fabindia, color harmony makes every frame visually charming.

Does their photo book eventually get published?
Will Jayant and Leela marry each other?
What happens to their famous restaurant?

Mere 108 minutes holds the viewer with romantics on the screen and never turns into a really serious tone. It's the feel-good movie of the year 2013 - I found it touching.

My rating 

3.5 star out of 5



 Listen... Amaya
(2013) on IMDb IMDB
Complete movie @you-tube
Image source: Google Images


  1. i hadnt heard of the movie...will go and find it! thanx.

  2. New to me too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I watched this movie a while ago..........and I loved the story. The yearning for love, company and the importance of feeling wanted, does not change with age (it's beautifully portrayed in this movie). And the setting is to die for............the little coffee shop with loads of books and photographs is my dream come true. Loved the details, be it the decor or Deepti Naval's clothes. It's a Must watch !!!

    1. Cinematographer gets full marks here ! You rightly said abt coffee shop and photographs. Specially I liked the black white photographs in Faarouq's house :-) I like every film where Dipti and Faarouq has acted. Classical, all of them ! Unfortunately, there wont be any new one possible. But I can watch the older ones many times. Cannot bore any one !

    2. Totally agree. The backdrop is so beautiful. This is a movie I want to watch every few years (so that it won't kill the charm)

  4. I saw this movie recently and was blown away by seeing the most simple complex movie story told elegantly and gracefully without any melodrama. In fact I have been googling for this movie to find such movies which never got their due.
    I am a Bollywood movie fan who loves Govinda to death.
    But I am in search of simple movies which are good.


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