Veteran director Kamal's Aami is a biographical film based on the life of renowned author Kamala Das/ Kamala Surayya. A widely read columnist who wrote on diverse topics including women's issues and child care, her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories, poems, and autobiography.
Director Kamal has always been known for his beautiful frames and exceptional direction. He has treated Aami in a nonlinear manner and has succeeded in focusing on her open and honest treatment of female sexuality, which was free from any guilt. A well-written screenplay with classic direction is the backbone of Aami.
In the beginning, Manju Warrier might sound a bit 'too dramatic' but her performance is sure to smoothly absorb the audience into Aami. A major visible imperfection is her make up - at times Aami looks younger than her younger sister and her (Aami's) son, and older than her mother. Tovino Thomas has given one of his finest performances as Aami's illusion of Lord Krishna. Murali Gopi and Anoop Menon have played their roles to perfection. The young actress Neelanjana, who plays the younger Aami deserves great applause for effortlessly portraying different emotions.
Background score plays a great role in every biopic and Bijibal has given his best to the film, with the right, heart-touching soulful tunes. M Jayachandran's songs, especially 'Neermathalam' help create a soothing mood. Madhu Neelakantan's Aami takes you to the pre and post-independence era, instilling a visually energising experience.
Positives of Aami
Drawbacks of Aami
A lag in the second half
A shorter version could've been more impactful