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Maya director Ramesh Nani says Ester Noronha is the ‘Vidya Balan of South India’

The debutant narrated the script to Ester even without finalising a producer

Maya director Ramesh Nani says Ester Noronha is the ‘Vidya Balan of South India’
Director Ramesh Nani compares Ester to Vidya Balan

Last Updated: 01.44 PM, Dec 13, 2023


Ester Noronha, who was seen in Ravi Teja’s production Changure Bangaru Raja recently, also plays a key role in Nandamuri Kalyan Ram’s Devil. Meanwhile, she has worked on a small-budget film titled Maya, a project put together by a young team. Ramesh Nani makes his directorial debut with the film produced by Rajesh Girijavolu under Zero Productions and Win Cloud Entertainments.


The teaser of Maya was launched yesterday. At the event, Ester Noronha revealed that the director Ramesh reached out to Ester through the film’s PR Harish and gave her a narration without finalising the producer. While Ester was confused about where the story was heading, she was surprised by the filmmaker’s ‘beautiful’ intent and felt it had all the emotions to reach out to people and said yes.

After earning a nod from Ester, Ramesh found a producer and the project went on floors. Ester revealed that the team did make a few mistakes during shoot, but said there was an innocence and freshness to the filmmaking process. She opined even big films face such issues. “It was a cute, passionate team. Not many of them had done a film before and they overcame several practical issues well,” she stated.

While Ester is generally critical of her performances, she was happy with the final output of Maya and credited the filmmaker for staying true to the script. The director also mentioned how he took inspiration from RGV’s ‘Beg, Borrow, Steal’ line to complete the film when the team fell short of funds. He promised audiences would come out of the theatres and call it a credible effort.

Ramesh said it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Ester Noronha ‘the Vidya Balan of South India’ after her performance. Kiran Avala, Siri Chandana, popular journalist Suresh Kondeti, Swapna, Hari too play crucial roles in the film. Surya Vakkalanka scored the music for the same while Masood has written the dialogues and edited the film. Naveen Kumar is the cinematographer.

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