“Consumed by Love”? Okay. Aamis apparently means “meat” in Assamese.
I was unaware Bhaskar Hazarika or his work. Apparently, he is an award winning writer director and his 2015 directorial debut “Kothanodi” won many accolades along with a national award. Although, the work I just viewed, is my only impression of him so to mention and I didn’t visit the movie with any preconceived notions or expectations.
I liked how the movie began. The radio hanging on a tricycle and this nostalgia inducing song starts playing and cut her room, cut to him washing meat with his friends out in the wild, cut to her dropping her children to school and cut to her clinic and so on. Just another ordinary day in another ordinary town.
The way this movie has been color corrected makes it look dull at times. As dull as the reality itself?
The movie begins as a story of a taboo relationship between two individuals and at a certain point flips into another taboo. It has some creepy undertones within throughout and the characters constantly question what’s acceptable and what is not.
The world Bhaskar Hazarika has created looks Freudian, a constant battle between id, ego and superego. The deep unmet, undisclosed desires seem to have manifested into something creepy and unsettling for our normal.
But, what do I reaaally think?
Apart from few criticisms, this is a rather critically acclaimed movie. Good for the writer director and the whole team. Anurag Kashyap also seems to have promoted this film mentioning that it’s something Indian audience needs to see. I think I mentioned the good in the first half of this article. I’m ignoring the whole political debate of dogma because neither I care about it, nor the movie in entirety made me feel anything about it.
Critics, reviewers, filmmakers watch a lot of movies. They just love anything unusual that catches their eyes.
The film doesn’t really tie well together. The flip is just rushed. “Meat is not the problem, Gluttony is” sounds really deep but does it? The story comes a full circle ending with the same tricycle. Bhaskar Hazarik in an interview mentions that the message should be part of the subtext. “It should come off as an experience. As a viewer, you should be able to feel it.” Was I able to? I don’t really know.
This movie just reminds me of this article called “The point where hipster trends become mainstream”.
Tried and Refused Productions mentions “Aamis is such an odd movie-going experience and I say odd because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s extremely realistic in it’s depiction of characters” in his review. I think I’m that “not everyone”. I don’t want to be part of this elite group. And, I don’t know how realistic the portrayal of characters are because at times I felt the dialogues were odd and unnatural (could be due to the subtitles though) and I don’t know that not resorting to theatrics added anything to the movie. Although, I would say that the actors were good.
But, (I have to mention what I loved)
I admired what the writer director was trying to explore. The whole exploration of what is acceptable and what is normal? The exploration of taboo. I also loved the fact the movie was really unsettling and kept getting creepier and creepier. Edgar Allen Poe style.
The actors were good. I liked the side characters, the pompous husband, a concerned friend of the guy, and the adulterer friend of the woman.
A young PhD student and a much older married woman trying to make sense of their feelings while trying their level best to suppress them in search for an outlet was neat.
It got all jumbled up though by the end. This could have been two different movies or the run-time of 1h 48m could have been expanded to fill in details that would make the progression feel much more natural.
Cut the crap, What’s your rating?
Well, if that’s what you want then …