“The opportunity to play Madhavikutty Amma is one that every actor in the country would desire,” said Manju.

See Manju Warrier become Malayalam poet Kamala Das Aami first look poster outImage Courtesy: Manju Warrier/Facebook
Flix Malayalam Cinema Friday, March 24, 2017 - 19:31
Dressed in a bright red silk saree, she sports the characteristic large spectacles and glittering nose stud that were so characteristic of Madhavikutty. And the mighty pen in her hand completes the transformation of Manju Warrier into the much-loved Malayalam poet better known as Kamala Das.
 
 
(Photo courtesy: Facebook)
 
As Aami, director Kamal’s biopic on Madhavikutty, hit the floors on Friday, Manju shared the first-look poster of the film on Facebook.
 
"I am transforming into Aami, in my heart, in my dreams. It’s no easy task, this transformation. I can feel the magical scent of Madhavikutty at this moment. Let the talented Kamal Sir show me the way," Manju wrote.

Earlier, speaking to the media from the sets of the film, which began shooting at the Kamala Surayya Memorial in Punnayoorkulam in Thrissur district, Manju was joyous at the chance to bring the late poet alive on the big screen.  
 
"Madhavikutty Amma's image is one that every Malayali holds close to their heart even now. The opportunity to play the role of Madhavikutty Amma is one that every actor in the country would desire. I consider it my good fortune that I have been selected to adorn the role," Manju Warrier said. 

Director Kamal was also clearly pleased with Manju’s transformation, telling reporters, “When Manju Warrier came here in the role of Kamala Das, everybody was pleasantly surprised at how faithfully she resembled the poet." 

 
Kamal had earlier signed on actor Vidya Balan for the role of Aami, but the actor abruptly backed out of the project in January. There had been speculation on whether creative disagreements or director Kamal’s public spats over the playing of the National Anthem in theatres, were the cause of Vidya’s exit from the film.
 
However, Kamal had dismissed such speculation and had told TNM that he did not know why the actor had backed out.
 
A month later, Kamal confirmed that Manju Warrier would now play the lead role. Aami is Manju's third film with Kamal and is expected to be an Onam release.

 

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