Why Kamal’s much awaited Aami will be more than a biopic or just another female lead Malayalam film? It’s not that the film is about Madhavikutty, the acclaimed writer; it is also the story of a Hindu upper cast woman writer, later opting Islam for love. Among the hubbubs of a superstar trapped in a feminist argument and another breaking the internet with his trimmed down weight, everyone had forgotten about the upcoming Manju Warrier film Aami for a while.
Now that the first look poster is out, it is again in the air.
Why Aami will be so unique and, reportedly, intends to get national recognition? Madhavikutty (fondly called Aami) was, without a doubt, the most famous Malayali woman in her times. Her writings remain timeless and influential for women writing in Indian English literature. Aami will be the first film on the iconic writer and her personal life. Manju Warrier was chosen for the titular role just a few days before the commencement of principal photography. Kamal’s last film with Manju was Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997).
As for Manju Warrier, Aami is very important after the much underrated Udaharanam Sujatha (2017). Expectedly, this will be her big break. When Manju shared the first look poster of Aami in social media on Sunday, the responses proved once again the tremendous fan support the actor has from Kerala. Being active in the recent women’s right movements in Malayalam film industry, Manju has wide popularity among women audience. According to the actor, the role of Aami is coveted by every Indian actor and she is lucky to get the part. When the bits of shooting were on You Tube in the middle of last year, many had decried Manju’s make up and costumes for being baggy and unreal. Some went to the extent of identifying the actor’s personal life with the poet’s.
The film goes through phases of Madhavikutty’s childhood, youth, marriage and conversion to Islam. The writer’s embracing of Islam at the age of 65 was called as the case of “love jihad’ by many. It will be a great challenge for Kamal to present this sensitive subject in Aami without falling prey to another political dispute like he did in last year.
KPAC Lalita, Murali Gopy and Anoop Menon play significant roles from the writer’s life. The film is to be released towards the end of this year.