The much spoken about biopic on yesteryear author-writer Kamala Das Aami has hit the screens now and has been receiving appreciation from all around. Aami is directed by Kamal and the titular role is payed by seasoned actor Manju Warrier. As per reports, Manju has delivered a stunning performance in the film and has impressed audiences. However, the film has witnessed its own share of controversies prior to release. Protests and agitations took place prior to the release of the film stating the movei was promoting love jihad. Director Kamal has a different opinion on it and says that when the story took place, there was no concept of love jihad. “At the time when Kamala Das converted to Islam and fell in love with a Muslim, there was no concept of love jihad. This is a coinage that has gained currency in recent times. I still don’t know what it means. I am thankful to the judiciary for intervening in time for my film’s release,” director Kamal was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Kamal also raises an important about these protests which have been impacting films lately a lot. Speaking about it, Kamal says, “Where do we go when we are attacked? Look at what happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. We still don’t know what the protests were about. Before we knew it, the protests spread like wildfire. After the film was somehow released it was obvious that the film was not guilty of what it was accused of doing.”
“Not just against cinema, but all arts — painting, literature, theatre. But cinema will be targeted more for the very simple reason that it is more visible. More people watch films than read books or see plays. Cinema is, therefore, the most convenient medium to target and get noticed,” he further adds.