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Maya Memsaab (also known as Maya and Maya: The Enchanting Illusion in English) is a 1993 Indian mystery drama film directed by Ketan Mehta. The film is based on the famous Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. Maya Memsaab won the National Film Award – Special Mention (Feature Film) in the year 1993.[2] The rights of this film are now owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.[3]

Maya Memsaab
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Directed byKetan Mehta
Produced byKetan Mehta
Written bySitanshu Yashaschandra (screenplay)
Ketan Mehta (screenplay)
Hriday Lani (dialogue)
Gulan Kriplani (Maya's monologues)
Based onMadame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Deepa Sahi
Farooq Shaikh
Raj Babbar
Paresh Rawal
Music byHridaynath Mangeshkar
Gulzar (lyrics)
CinematographyAnoop Jotwani
Edited byRenu Saluja
Release date
  • 2 July 1993 (1993-07-02)
Running time
115 minutes
Box officeest. 1.85 crore
(est. 11.84 crore as of 2019) [1]



Young, beautiful and intelligent Maya (Deepa Sahi) lives with her father in a palatial mansion in rural India. When her father suffers a stroke, she calls for local Dr. Charu Das, who arrives on his bicycle and prescribes treatment for her father. He comes often, more on the pretext of seeing her than her father. Eventually, they get married. Years pass by and Charu is engrossed in treating patients, leaving Maya alone to reflect on her own fate and life. And it is not long before a young man named Rudra enters her life and an affair follows. This does not last long, as a much younger man Lalit (Shah Rukh Khan) now enters her life and they begin a passionate affair. But again, Maya is not satisfied as she longs for more than carnal needs. All the time, this bored housewife gets attracted to costly objects and spends recklessly on clothes and furniture, even if she has to borrow money. She mortgages her house to Lalaji. Finally, reality catches up with her. Lalaji brings a court order to take possession of her house. Rudra and Lalit desert her and this leads her to drink a mystical drink that was earlier being advertised on the streets to give you one wish on the condition you had a pure heart. The drink causes her to flash brightly and disappear. This leaves two investigators to probe who or what really killed Maya.



All lyrics written by Gulzar; all music composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

1."Chhaya Jagi"Hridaynath Mangeshkar 
2."Ek Haseen Nigah Ka"Kumar Sanu 
3."Khud Se Baatein"Lata Mangeshkar 
4."Mere Sarahane Jalao Sapne"Lata Mangeshkar 
5."Ek Haseen Nigah Ka female"Lata Mangeshkar 
6."O Dil Banjare"Lata Mangeshkar 
7."Yeh Shehar Bada"Lata Mangeshkar 


  1. ^ "Shahrukh Khan Box Office Analysis: Hits, Flops, Blockbusters". Indicine.
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  3. ^ "Red Chillies Entertainments". Retrieved 30 September 2016.

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