Verdict: A light-hearted film that is also thought-provoking.
Director Binu S. embarks on a different trip after Ithihasa and Style with Kaamuki. True to its trailers that promise oodles of fun, Kaamuki delivers a laugh riot peppered with drama. Produced by Unmesh Unnikrishnan under the banner First Clap Movies, the movie stars Aparna Balamurali, Askar Ali, Dain Davis, Kavya Suresh, Baiju, Rony David and Kottayam Pradeep.
What’s Kaamuki all about
“I am not blind, I am Hari.” The statement pretty much sums up the mood of the movie. The plot revolves around the carefree tomboy Achamma Varghese aka Achu (Aparna Balamurali), who is her dad’s (played by Baiju) darling. After her older sister elopes, the pressure is on Achu to be the quintessential “good girl” of the family. After completing her degree, Achu and her friend Jeena (Kavya Suresh) land in Sree Shankara College for attaining a masters degree in social work. That’s where visually-challenged Hari (Askar Ali) and his buddy Jafar (Dain Davis) enter her life. Hari is Ying to Achu’s Yang. While Achu is in college just to “have fun”, Hari is clear about what he wants in life and refuses to be pulled down by tags the society wishes to give him. His positive outlook, despite his limitations, is what Achu falls for. How she manages to win his heart and convince those around her, makes up the rest of the movie.
Director Binu’s love story, simply put, is about goodness. Aparna Balamurali ticks the right boxes with her performance as the uber cool college girl and so does Askar Ali as Hari. The movie tries in earnest to make the audience empathize with the visually challenged, especially in a few scenes where blackouts are attempted. Dain Davis’s sincere effort as the best buddy deserves mention. Kavya Suresh, Rony David, and Kottayam Pradeep have done justice to their roles. Bajiu stands out for his performance as the troubled father. Gopi Sundar has worked his magic again, especially with the song Souhradam. Akshara Kishor plays true to her cute naughty image in the song Kurumbi.
What could have been better
The movie has its share of cliches and regressive dialogues about women and the differently abled. The movie is a bit predictable in places.
Why you should watch this movie
The movie is definitely worth a one-time watch for the giggles it offers. A simple storyline with decent performances and good music is what you take back.
– By Jan Mary Varghese