Putting an end to speculation about who will play the lead role in ‘Aami’, director Kamal has announced that Manju Warrier will replace Vidya Balan in the credits. According to the director, Manju Warrier has the ability to get under the skin of the character and she is perfect for this role.
Vidya Balan was the first choice to play the Malayalam’s favorite poet-feminist but she walked out from the project and later the makers approached Parvathy and Nayantara but finally the role fell into the lap of Manju Warrier. The regular shoot will commenced from March 2017. The sources reveal that Manju will undergo a drastic physical transformation for her role.
Filmmaker Kamal said that Manju Warrier was chosen because she has some character resemblance and some physical similarities with the writer Kamala Das.
Shooting of the movie was scheduled to commence in November last year but was stalled after Vidya Balan walked out. Kamal said Vidya’s act was highly 'unethical' and 'unprofessional'. He said he was still not sure why the Mumbai actress decided to leave.
Kamal doubts that the controversial life of Kamala Das, who converted to Islam in the last years of her life, would have worried Vidya. "Recently, she faced some setbacks in Bollywood. A film in South India during this period may affect her future prospects. This may be a reason for her sudden decision," he said.