Set in the backdrop of middle-class Indian society, Avantika, a young Indian girl, develops an intimate relationship with Julia, a young American painter, who is temporarily visiting India. Despite mutual attraction, there is a meandering ambiguity in their relationship. The film depicts the complexities of a relationship between two women, coming from different cultural background. The shadows are not only visible, but also psychological: repressed desires reemerge in the form of dreams and they materializes as art.
Living far away from one’s homeland in an unfamiliar culture, can be an alienating, even a demoralizing experience. The frustration can often provoke unexpected, sometimes violent reactions. Andreas Di Giovanni, a young German filmmaker who is currently in India, finds himself in a perplexing situation and is overcome with a violent instinct. But in the world of “Maya” nothing is certain. Did something really happen or was it all an illusion?