Aami Review - A justified depiction of Madhavikutty's life

Aami Malayalam movie review

Making a biopic about a person whose concept of romance was a bit mysterious to a moralistic society isn’t an easy task. Aami directed by Kamal, a biopic on ace writer Madhavikutty is more like a docu-fiction that captures perhaps all the points in their life. It might not be a great experience on a cinematic level, but it has tried to depict things without any problems.

Aami tracks the entire life of Madhavikutty. From her childhood to her last days, this movie shows us the ups and downs of her life. How various men became a romantic interest to her and why the concept of romance fascinated her is what this movie showing us.

The first chapter of Ente Kadha is the opening sequence of Aami. From that point, it travels back and forth to show us how Madhavikutty evolved. The cinematic tool here for Kamal is the character of Krishnan played by Tovino Thomas. That character’s grace sort of reduces the complexity of explaining the concept of Madhavikkutty’s love. In my opinion, that is the most difficult part to convince and I feel that the movie has managed to convince us in an okay manner.

It is difficult to imagine Manju Warrier as Madhavikutty. She neither has a look similar to her, nor a dialect that will suit her. The performance is honest, but if you have memories of the original Madhavikutty, the difference might disappoint you. Murali Gopi was a good choice to play the husband character. Anoop Menon is a limited actor and Kamal has mainly used him because of the resemblance he has with the character assigned to him. Tovino has charm in his performance to be Krishnan. The two younger versions of Aami were also portrayed neatly.

Much similar to Kamal's last biographical attempt celluloid, here also we get to see an entire story in a biopic. It's an almost 3 hours long summary of the life of a fascinating character. And Kamal has managed to mention all major events in the writer’s life. Maybe due to permission issues, some names have been changed. The melodramatic tone of the screenplay occasionally causes issues. Madhu Neelaknadan’s frames, M Jayachandran’s music, and Bijibal’s background score were nice. The well-designed sound also adds beauty to the movie.

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Aami is suitable for those who have closely followed the life of Madhavikutty. It is like watching the glimpses of all those stories we have seen and heard about this person in an elaborate movie. On a cinematic level, it isn’t a big achievement.