The latest news that originated from no man’s land in Kerala’s social media was about a film that director Kamal was planning with Bollywood actor Vidya Balan as the lead, the biopic based on the legendary writer Kamala Surayya aka Kamala Das. After Kamal, renowned Malayalam director and Chalachitra Academy Chairman, spoke against Modi’s dispensation, he was verbally targeted by the BJP and its allied organisations. Close on the heels of this, a news appeared from the blue saying that Vidya Balan has withdrawn from the film apparently because of the position the director has taken, but those associated with the actor confirmed to Southlive that the project is very much on the go and the work will start soon.
The movie has been delayed due to the the strike but Vidya has not backed from her project”, said Vidya’s publicist Shilpi Duggal.
Due to the ongoing cinema strike In Kerala, the shooting of the movie has been halted which was supposed to begin by the month of December. All the other news pertaining to the movie are fakeShilpi Duggal, Vidya’s publicist
The BJP and Sangh Parivar went against Director Kamal on controversies connected to the National Anthem issue that came up during the International Film Festival of Kerala last month. The BJP targeted Kamal as he is one of the patrons of Kodungallur Film Society which filed a petition against the court order that pronounced it mandatory to play the national anthem before all movies screened at the theatres.
The biopic on the life of Kamala Surayya, who has tremendously influenced Malayalam and English readers by her prose and poem questioned conventional wisdom in man - women relations. Her autobiography ‘My story’ has stirred a hornet’s nest among conservative readers of Malayalam. Her conversion to Islam has also created huge debate in Kerala, But Aami, as she was fondly called by close friends even after she adopted Islam stood her ground, writing and speaking the way she liked. Director Kamal, has been working on this story line for the past four years and he announced the project last year.
After Kamal was targeted by the Sangh Parivar, his haters used this as a pretext to spread canards about his project. Now the Bollywood actor has come out setting the record straight.
Vidya confirmed that 60 days of her shooting schedule had been allotted for the making of Aami and it is being delayed due to the producers strike in Mollywood.
After ‘Celluloid’, the biopic of J.C Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema this is Kamal’s second biopic of personality who changed the literary sensibilities of Malayalees.
Aami, based on the writer's autobiography, has Vidya playing Madhavikutty while Murali Gopy is cast as her husband. Prithviraj is slotted to play a fictional character who leads the story.
According to sources, Vidya Balan is taking up Malayalam classes under the popular actress-anchor Sreedhanya for the perfection of her role.
As per the reports, Aami will be shot as two different schedules, at the various locations of Kerala, Mumbai, and Delhi.