A few days ago, a lawyer had filed a petition in the Kerala High Court and asked for a ban on Manju Warrier’s upcoming film Aami for glorifying ‘Love Jihad’. The petitioner had stated that that the film—which is based on the life of writer Kamala Das AKA Madhavikutty — distorted things by not showing how she got disillusioned with Islam later on.
“The film was directed by omitting the real-life incidents of Madhavikutty, with a view to justify love jihad. Such a film comes to the fore in the wake of such cases (of love jihad) pending before the apex court and the NIA investigating such cases,” he had argued.
Now, the Kerala High Court has made it clear that it will not be staying its screening. However, the HC did ask the CBFC and the central I&B ministry to file counter-affidavits, at the earliest. It will be worth watching what happens next.
In case you did not know, Aami has been directed by ace filmmaker Kamal and also has young actor Tovino Thomas in a key role. Bollywood actor Vidya Balan was the original choice for the main lead, however, she did not take it up. Talking about this, Kamal had said that it was good for the film.
“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. 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 had told a leading website.
Aami is slated to hit the screens this week.