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Aami is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language biographical film based on the life of famous author Kamala das. It is written and directed by Kamal and stars Manju Warrier as Kamala Surayya, along with Murali Gopy, Tovino Thomas, and Anoop Menon.[1][2] The film was released on 9 February 2018.The film won two awards at Kerala state film awards.

Aami film poster.jpg
Directed byKamal
Produced byRaphael Thomas Pozholiparambil
Written byKamal
StarringManju Warrier
Murali Gopy
Tovino Thomas
Anoop Menon
Music byScore:
M. Jayachandran
Taufiq Qureshi
CinematographyMadhu Neelakandan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Reel & Real Cinema
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
  • 9 February 2018 (2018-02-09)



Aami portrays the life of writer Madhavikutty, mainly focused on her childhood, family life, a devotee of Lord Krishna and conversion to Islam in the later periods of her life.



In 2016, Bollywood actress Vidya Balan was signed for the role of Kamala Surayya, but in January 2017, she backed out from the film citing creative differences with Kamal.[4] In 2016, Murali Gopy was confirmed in the role of Madhava Das, Kamala's husband,[5] and Prithviraj Sukumaran in a fictional character.[6] Later in the year, Prithviraj also opted out from the film due to his tight filming schedules and recommended Tovino Thomas instead.[7] Later, Anoop Menon was added to the cast. Media outlets reported several names as a replacement for Balan, but in February 2017 Kamal denied all the reports and said that he is not in a hurry and is still looking for a person whose features match that of Surayya's, which was the reason he chose Balan at the first place. Although he revealed he is also considering suggestions from others and Parvathy is one among.[8] In February 2017, Manju Warrier signed to play Kamala Surayya.[9]

Principal photography commenced on 24 March 2017 at Kamala Surayya Memorial in Punnayurkulam, Thrissur. Ottapalam was the main location in the first schedule that went till April. The other locations were Mumbai, Kolkata and Ernakulam.[10]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelManorama Music
M. Jayachandran chronology
Pullikaaran Staraa'
Singles from Aami
  1. "Neer Maathalam"
    Released: 31 January 2018
  2. "Pranamayi Radha"
    Released: 5 February 2018

The film score is composed by Bijibal. The film features original songs composed by two composers, M. Jayachandran and Taufiq Qureshi. Qureshi's compositions are Ghazals with lyrics written by Academy Award winner Gulzar.[11] The lyrics for the Malayalam songs is written by Rafeeq Ahamed.

Track listing
1."Neer Maathalam"Rafeeq AhamedM. JayachandranShreya Ghoshal, Arnab Dutta5:12
2."Pranayamayi Radha"Rafeeq AhmedM. JayachandranShreya Ghoshal, Vijay Yesudas4:59
3."Chand Hoga"GulzarTaufiq QureshiJaved Ali3:27
4."Aadhi raath"GulzarTaufiq QureshiRoop3:44
5."Umar Salon Sein"Gulzar Javed Ali3:00

Awards and NominationsEdit

Flowers Indian Film Awards
Asia Vision awards
Nana Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
  • Best Female Playback singer- Shreya Ghoshal {song -neermathala poovinullil}
  • Best Background Score- Bijibal
Vanitha Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards


  1. ^ "Aami Movie". filmibeat. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Aami". nowrunning. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Anoop Menon as Zaheer Ali in Aami". indiatimes. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ Express Web Desk (13 January 2017). "Unprofessional and unethical: Kamal on Vidya quitting Kamala Das biopic". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  5. ^ Nagarajan, Saraswathy (14 July 2016). "Censor Board cannot decide how a creative work should be: Murali Gopy". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Prithviraj, Vidya Balan in Kamala Das biopic". Malayala Manorama. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Prithviraj backs out of Kamala Das biopic Aami, recommends Tovino Thomas instead?". Hindustan Times. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  8. ^ George, Anjana (26 February 2017). "I am still on the lookout for someone who resembles Madhavikutty: Kamal". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  9. ^ Ramasubramanian, Uma (18 February 2017). "Manju Warrier a better performer than Vidya Balan: Kamal". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Aami Shooting Begins". Manoramaonline. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Gulzar and Taufiq Qureshi to compose in Aami". TimesofIndia. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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