‘Aami’ is a film that has been in news since its inception and shooting. The film is based on the life of Madhavikutty, a writer who enthralled and excited the readers with her writings. The film progresses through the major incidents in the life of Kamala Das, from her childhood to death.
The story of the film progresses through a fine blend and memories of Kamala’s life rather than adopting a linear style of narration. Even when the film unfolds the story of Madhavikutty, some of the characters in the story are presented with changed names.
The favourite character of Kamala, Krishnan, appears as the character itself. The major events of the film are depicted through the conversations of the characters.
Coming to the acting front, Manju Warrier portrays the main character of the film. The casting of the childhood and adolescent stages of Kamala is superb. Manju Warrier’s performance in the initial half is not up to the mark. It is not very convincing. However, the actress in Manju gets empowered when she gets into the role of Kamala Suraiyya.
Murali Gopy, who appears as the husband of Kamala, Tovino Thomas, who plays the role of Krishnan and Anoop Menon, who plays the role of Akbar Ali have all excelled in their respective roles. They have rendered notable performances..
The film ‘Aami’ is outstanding technically as well. The cinematography of Madhu Neelakandan, the background music by Bijibal along with the songs composed by M. Jayachandran becomes the soul of ‘Aami’. All these ingredients makes the film even more watchable.
The song ‘Neermathalam’ that appears throughout in the film is truly appealing. The heard and read life story of Madhavikutty is replicated in the same manner in Kamal’s ‘Aami’. That’s why the film does not present any sort of unexpected happenings, but fondles the memories of the story for those who have read the book.
The over dramatic feel that creeps into certain scenes at times prove to be a hazard in relishing the film. The exaggerated makeup is also very obvious in close-up shots. The director is able to clearly sketch out the various dimensions of Neermathalam, Nalappatt Tharavadu, the family life, the change in religion, controversies and so on. He is able to create these variant tenures of Kamala’s life.
Among the many biopics that have come out,’Aami’ seems to be an authentic creation. In the second half, the film witnesses the growth of the characters much beyond the much heard and read life story of Madhavikutty.
The conversations between Aami and Krishnan are simply superb. The film received a great mileage and focus with the entry of Akbar Ali in the film.
The film would not present disappointment if it is approached as a biopic rather than an entertainer. ‘Aami’ is definitely a film with a soul.
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