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Kamuki  (2018)  (Malayalam)
In 'Kamuki', tedious and unimaginative presentation sullies the novelty of the romance. The sloppy package lacks originality to offer a refreshing experience.
1.8 out of 5 (Average) Kamuki NOWRUNNING REVIEW | K. R. Rejeesh
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The protagonist tells the easy-going heroine that he has a specific aim in life and he has no time for romance. This sounds interesting because we seldom watch in films a responsible male student giving advice to a careless girl studying in college. The maturity shown by Hari Krishnan, a visually challenged PG student, changes the attitude of Achamma Varghese. This is the perfect platform for delving into their romantic episode to add novelty in the storyline of this film: "A blind student being loved by a boisterous girl."

Thus "Kamuki" offers a promising milieu to add various hues of creativity to its tale by expanding the frontiers of imagination. But director Binu. S leaves the creative canvas dry sans exploiting the possibilities of an interesting theme. Resorting to unworthy scenes and double meaning humor is disappointing as they quite often sully the prospects.

Achamma Varghese, played by Aparna Balamurali, develops a crush on Askar Ali, a blind student, after knowing about his aspiration and will-power braving his disability. Normally a cheerful girl, who wants to enjoy life, she learns from him and her teacher that Master of Social Work (MSW) course is not a joke. Though Hari Krishnan denies her love citing his ambition and disability, she follows him. Her father Varghese (Baiju) wants to marry her off as per his wish. Achamma now faces the dilemma of making Hari love her and convincing Varghese about Hari.

The scenes in the college are ridiculously constructed just to drag the proceedings. Portrayal of a transgender teacher and some distasteful remarks by the characters are the major gatecrashers in the story where these events have little purpose. Askar Ali showcases a satisfying performance in a challenging role. Aparna supremely exudes the enthusiasm at its highest level. Her character has a vivid and prominent identity in the whole action.

In fact, Baiju steals the show in some of his scenes where he aptly reveals his maturity as an actor after a hiatus. Preoccupations about his normal diction and acting style are negated by a commendable screen presence.

Technical departments, including cinematography by Rowin Basker have given a mediocre output. Overall, the presentation is tedious and unimaginative that sullies the novelty of this romance. This sloppy package lacks originality to offer a refreshing experience.
Critic: K. R. Rejeesh
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