AMMA KANAKKU – A positive ripple that falls short
“Amma Kanakku” – the Tamil remake of the Hindi film ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ is a pleasant movie for every reason, much like a rainfall in the summer season. Produced by Dhanush’s wunderbar films, the banner that produced some sensible flicks like Kakka Muttai, Visaranai, Amma Kanakku is a close-to-life emotional movie that has to be applauded for the positive intent it holds. The production house deserves a pat for that (make it two). Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, the one who directed the original dons the Tamil version too, and has done a decent job in recreating it (must have been a lot of home work).
The plot is simple, and hardly has any surprise or twist (except for the fact that Amala Paul decides at a point to join her daughter’s school as a student), this is a story of the widowed mother Shanthi (Amala Paul) who works her heart out to make sure her daughter Abhi (Yuvasri) studies well and reaches great heights in her future. Amala Paul almost pulls out the best performance of her career, with little hiccups at instances. Yuvasri has convincingly played the role of a teenager with doubts. Revathi impresses with her small yet strong role. May be we’ve seen him as a teacher too much, Samudhrakani doesn’t really stick well this time, especially with his body language looking a bit too artificial (in an attempt to imitate the Hindi character may be).
The Tamil nativity could have been presented better (blame the research team). Areas like the government school and the fee structure are logically clashing, for the government schools here are almost free or charge only a bare minimal fee. Raja’s music is a let down but touches us in the background score that is minimal and fabulous. Gavemic U Ary’s cinematography is a soothing spa to the eyes, with the mood and the language so well captured.
Let us not worry about the entertainment value for the story moves with a message, but if the execution could have been better, the movie would have come out as a torchbearer. Apart from the financial constraints and the reluctance of the daughter to stay focused on studies, it would’ve been great if more issues related to the life of a widowed mother could have been highlighted and handled. On the whole, Amma Kanakku is a feel good movie to watch. No harm in going for it, try your time.