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.