Two young boys and their elephant travel across India. It is the simplest summary of Maya, the series launched during an age when many new experiments were done on the silver screen. Completely forgotten, it did not last the entire 1967-68 season. But it is available on request from Warner Archive after more than 40 years. Jay North famous for his stunt in Dennis the Menace. Here he plays a tall and skinny teenager Terry Bowen, an impulsive and gloomy American from Montana. He comes to Bombay to visit his father, Hugh Bowen, a huntsman under the Prince of Madrapur.
Terry learns from the American consul that his dad is believed to be dead after an encounter with a tiger. Though there was not solid evidence in the form of dead bodies of either his father or the guide. He doesn’t take their word. Terry runs away and befriends another orphan runaway, Raji (
Sajid Khan), a “mahout”who is planning to free his elephant, Maya, from a work group. They declare themselves brothers. Terry and Raji start on a journey across the hilly terrain of India, following rumours and clues that they think will help to find Terry’s father. They must hide from authorities, who will send Terry back and take away Maya. They barely follow any feasible plan, but the stance is intended only as a decrepit excuse for their nomadic adventures.
TV dramas of the 1960's were an assortment of restless nomads, either on a search for a destiny that appears out of reach or escaping from pursuit. Due to the type of the series, in which makers had no time to finish up a storyline when informed of the cancellation. Very few such series ever reached a satisfactory conclusion. Maya, ended at midseason after 18 episodes. The series never focuses on any communal strife within the country, and the illiterate wouldn’t conjecture that apart from Hindus, there were other sects too- Sikhs, Muslims, and others in India.
The series main attraction is that it is shot entirely in India. Draggingchase sequences mark several plots. A general ignorance of logic and the sort of resolutions that indicate a show made for the young audience, although children make up the kind of viewers that spots logical fallacies most strictly, known to most. The plot borrows certain conveniences and formulas, but at its best, the series becomes a window into an age of kids’ adventure series with unique original production values and tides of thoughtful attention to cultural differences.