Achuvinte Amma

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Achuvinte Amma
Achuvinte Amma.jpg
Poster
Directed bySathyan Anthikad
Screenplay byRanjan Pramod
Story byRajesh Jayaram
Produced byP. V. Gangadharan
Starring
CinematographyAlagappan N.
Edited byK. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Grahalakshmi Productions
Distributed byKalpaka Films Release
Release date
  • 28 January 2005 (2005-01-28)
Running time
162 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget65 lakhs[1]

Achuvinte Amma (transl. Achu's Mother) is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Sathyan Anthikad and written by Ranjan Pramod. It stars Urvashi, Meera Jasmine and Narain. The music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and the lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery. It was also a comeback movie for Urvashi in Malayalam after a gap of six years.

The film has won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (Urvashi), Filmfare Award for Best Film - Malayalam, and Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam for Meera Jasmine.

Plot[edit]

Vanaja (Uravashi) is a single mother who lives with her daughter Ashwathy (Achu) (Meera Jasmine) and works as an insurance agent at LIC. Achu and her mother have a close relationship and never keep secrets from each other. One day, they meet Emmanuel John, known as Ijo (Narain), at a railway station in Trivandrum, where Achu has a job interview at a private firm. After this first meeting, Achu and Ijo run into each other periodically, developing a friendship, and eventually, a budding romance. Achu gets a job with a construction company and she and her mother's standard of living improves. She expresses her wish to marry Ijo to Vanaja. Vanaja wishes to meet Ijo's parents to learn more about him. Ijo takes them to a cemetery revealing that he is an orphan and his family had committed mass suicide due to a financial crisis, leaving him as the sole survivor. Vanaja suddenly changes her mind and opposes the marriage, saying she wants her daughter to get married into a big family where there would be many people who would care and help them when they were in need.

Vanaja's opposition shocks and infuriates Achu and she confronts Vanaja with questions about her father, leading to an argument. Vanaja refuses to reveal anything and Achu storms out. She ultimately decides to stay with Ijo, though he advised her to return home. Achu is adamant and remains with her friend. Meanwhile, Ijo tries to mend the relationship between Achu and her mother, but Achu doesn't listen to him.

Meanwhile, due to unforeseen circumstances, Achu has to leave her friend's place. Realizing that she has no place to stay, Achu loses hope and is involved in a road accident. Vanaja rushes to see her in hospital but Achu still refuses to talk to her mother. Vanaja opens up to Ijo and tells him about her past. An old woman raised Vanaja, and after her death, Vanaja did odd jobs and worked as a labourer along with other adolescent girls. One day, all the girls Vanaja was working with were going to be transported for Flesh Trade. Vanaja, upon finding this out decided to run away instead and in the process came across a young girl with whom she escaped. Vanaja adopts the girl and names her Achu.

Vanaja tells Ijo that he should marry Achu as soon as possible, while Ijo promises to take good care of her. Ijo reveals the whole story to Achu. A few days later, Achu returns to Vanaja suffering from the utmost guilt and regret. Finally, they happily reconcile.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie opened to an overwhelming number of positive reviews and critics praised Jasmine, Urvashi and Narain's performances. Apunkachioce.com described Achuvinte Amma as an "eminently watchable film".[2] Mouthshut.com also gave a similar comment quoting "[t]his film has witnessed a great comeback by the Malayalam film industry, and I hope the trend continues, and more and more such good films are produced which will put all others to shame".[3] Oneindia.com gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and a Hit mark.[4]

Box office[edit]

The film was highly successful and ran over 200 days in theaters.[5][6]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South

Asianet Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Soundtrack[edit]

Achuvinte Amma
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 2005[7]
GenreFilm
LanguageMalayalam
LabelManorama Music

The film features songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja and written by Gireesh Puthenchery.

Track Song Title Singer(s)
1 "Thamarakuruvikku" Manjari, Chorus
2 "Enthu Paranjaalum" K. S. Chithra
3 "Swaasathin Thaalam" K. J. Yesudas, Manjari
4 "Enthu Paranjaalum" Vijay Yesudas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Audience apathy to young stars continues!". Sify. 21 March 2005. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Achuvinte Amma Review". Apun Ka Choice. Archived from the original on 5 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  3. ^ "Review on Achuvinte Amma Movie by MouthShut User".
  4. ^ "Achuvinte Amma". One India. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  5. ^ "Time for an encore". The Hindu. 24 March 2006.
  6. ^ "Sathyan and his cast revel in box-office triumph". The Hindu. 9 May 2005.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Audio CD". AVDigital. Retrieved 20 October 2020.

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