The trailer for Manju Warrier's Aami which is based on writer Madhavikutty's life is out.
Directed by Kamal, the film has been in the news for various reasons. Kamal's first choice for the film was actor Vidya Balan. However, after she walked out of the film for undisclosed reasons, Manju Warrier stepped in.
The trailer gives us more than a glimpse of how Manju has transformed into the role of the controversial Madhavikutty who broke social taboos and wrote with a free pen. With the glasses and nose-stud that Madhavikutty was recognised by, Manju looks the part every bit.
The film starts with Renji Panicker reading the manuscript of Madhavikutty's Ente Kadha (My Story), and wondering if all that she says in it is true or if it is a figment of her imagination. The scene leads to Murali Gopy, who plays her husband, and Manju in bed - with the latter pushing him away in disinterest. The film also suggests her romance with other men, including Tovino Thomas and Anoop Menon.
We also catch sight of Madhavikutty as a young girl.
Madhavikutty, also known as Kamala Das and later Kamala Surayya, was chastised for her writing when she blazed into the literary scene. She was among the first Indian women writers to write about female sexuality without holding back. She also attracted controversy when she converted to Islam late in life.
Although Kamal had made sexist comments about Vidya Balan recently, stating that "sexuality would have come into the picture" if the actor had done the film, the trailer for Aami shows a sensuous Manju Warrier who looks strikingly beautiful.
Expected to release this year, Aami is a highly anticipated film with a big star cast.