@AmmaKanakku – Movie Review

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Amma Kanakku’ by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, is remake of her own directorial 2016 Hindi film ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ which opened to critical acclaim. ‘Amma Kanakku’ speaks about the importance of women education in our society and about the dreams of the underprivileged people / low class people. The film primarily focuses on the bonding between Abhinaya (Yuvasri), a 10th standard school girl and her single mother Shanthi (Amala Paul) who aims at seeing her in a respectful job such as Engineer, Doctor or a Collector.

Amma Kanakku’ does not begin so momentously – we are not convinced with Abhi’s desire of becoming a housemaid or the dumb acting of the School Headmaster. But, slowly the film gains momentum and settles in good pace. The wrapping of comedy and drama in right amount keeps the film engrossing to an extent. The novel plot of both the mother and daughter studying in the same class creates good interest in most places.

There are some highly dramatic and preachy moments in the second half which happens to be a let-down, where we feel like the director loses her hold over the audience in the mid second half. Scenes involving Revathi at her home are completely uninteresting, even though her performance was lively. Despite all these minuses, ‘Amma Kanakku’ does not fail to make an impression. The film does have some good heart-warming moments and a takeaway message, which makes it a simple and beautiful feel-good movie that is definitely one-time watchable. The dialogues look simply blunt in some scenes, but is astounding in few other scenes – say ‘Azhuradhukku yaarukkum kaasu kudukka thevai illaella’, ‘Vaazhkaiyila endha kanavum illaadhavanga dhan, Unmaiyaana yezhai’ and ‘Oru silar un kanavai paathu sirippaanga.. Avangalaip paarthu neeyum sirichidu’.

Amala Paul does the right justification in the role offered; it is one of her finest performances in Tamil cinema after ‘Mynaa’ in 2010. Samuthirakani’s acting as the headmaster looks so odd and artificial, not fitting anywhere into this character who speaks mostly like ‘Major’ Soundararajan. Child artist Yuvasri has done a fantastic job as Abhinaya.
Gavemic U Ary’s cinematography does help in setting the right mood in most scenes. Ilaiyaraja’s background score was okayish, whereas the songs are below average and totally impact-less.

Rating: 3/5

Review by: Rahman

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