The trailer of the Kamala Das biopic Aami reveals the writer’s childhood, her tumultuous love life, and her conversion to Islam.
Written and directed by popular Malayalam director Kamal, Aami has been billed as a family-oriented movie. Starring Malayalam star Manju Warrier in the lead role, the trailer reveals Das’s early life, her growth as a popular writer and her transformation into Kamala Surayya after embracing Islam. The trailer includes glimpses of characters played by Murali Gopy, Tovino Thomas and Anoop Menon. The release date has not been announced yet.
In a television interview in 2017, Kamal had asserted that Aami would not be a conventional or realistic biopic: “It will be a mixture of real-life and fictional situations. The movie will not present a controversial image of Kamala Das in any way.”
The biopic represents the first attempt to bring to the screen Das’s feminist poetry and confessional writings in Malayalam and English, including her autobiography My Story. Aami has the sanction of the Estate of Kamala Das, which is run by her heirs.
The story behind the universally favoured colour - blue.
It was sought after by many artists. It was searched for in the skies and deep oceans. It was the colour blue. Found rarely as a pigment in nature, it was once more precious than gold. It was only after the discovery of a semi-precious rock, lapis lazuli, that Egyptians could extract this rare pigment.
For centuries, lapis lazuli was the only source of Ultramarine, a colour whose name translated to ‘beyond the sea’. The challenges associated with importing the stone made it exclusive to the Egyptian kingdom. The colour became commonly available only after the invention of a synthetic alternative known as ‘French Ultramarine’.
It’s no surprise that this rare colour that inspired artists in the 1900s, is still regarded as the as the colour of innovation in the 21st century. The story of discovery and creation of blue symbolizes attaining the unattainable.
It took scientists decades of trying to create the elusive ‘Blue Rose’. And the fascination with blue didn’t end there. When Sir John Herschel, the famous scientist and astronomer, tried to create copies of his notes; he discovered ‘Cyanotype’ or ‘Blueprints’, an invention that revolutionized architecture. The story of how a rugged, indigo fabric called ‘Denim’ became the choice for workmen in newly formed America and then a fashion sensation, is known to all. In each of these instances of breakthrough and innovation, the colour blue has had a significant influence.
In 2009, the University of British Columbia, conducted tests with 600 participants to see how cognitive performance varies when people see red or blue. While the red groups did better on recall and attention to detail, blue groups did better on tests requiring invention and imagination. The study proved that the colour blue boosts our ability to think creatively; reaffirming the notion that blue is the colour of innovation.
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