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It was god’s blessing that Vidya Balan backed out of Aami: director Kamal

He explained that the Madhavikutty Manju has brought to life is very different from the Madhavikutty he had in mind for Vidya Balan.

regional movies Updated: Jan 15, 2018 14:22 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Aami,Vidya Balan,Manju Warrier
Director Kamal said that Vidya Balan would have brought a tone of sexuality in Aami.

Director Kamal, in his recent interview to popular Malayalam portal Azhimukham, said that Vidya Balan backing out of Aami was a blessing. She was originally supposed to play the titular role of well-known and much-loved poet Kamala Das, popularly known as Madhavikutty, in his film. Vidya opted out of the project for reasons yet unknown and was subsequently replaced by Manju Warrier. On why Vidya was originally signed on to play the lead, Kamal said: “Had she played the role, sexuality would have crept in. This is something I didn’t pay attention when I initially approached her. Madhavikutty was known for writing boldly about female sexuality, which is still considered a taboo subject.”

On the other hand, Kamal is all praise for Manju playing the role. “It was god’s blessing that Vidya backed out of the project. The Madhavikutty Manju has brought to life is very different from the Madhavikutty I had in mind for Vidya. Manju just took two days to transform into the character,” he said. During the launch of the film’s first look poster, Manju took to Facebook and wrote that she is transforming into Aami, slowly, in her heart and in her dreams. She says this transformation is no easy task. She said that she can feel the magical scent of Madhavikutty.

In an interaction with the media last year from the sets of the film, Manju said that Madhavikutty as a person is very close to the heart of every Malayali. Every actor in the country would desire to play this role. I consider it my good fortune to have landed an opportunity to play this role.

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First Published: Jan 15, 2018 13:49 IST