Director Bhaskar Hazarika’s second project, the Assamese film Aamis is working with multiple themes. The theme of the film is based on romance, which takes lucid turns to stringent ends. The film which initially begins as a nurturing relationship of mutual admiration gradually shifts to a world that does not reflect the mundaneness of routine.
The two lead characters Niri (debutant Lima Das) and Sumon (Arghadeep Barua) have executed their roles with the right intensity. Sumon, a Ph.D. scholar who runs a food club in his college, and Niri a middle-aged, prim-and-proper pediatrician, go on a discovery of newly brewed romance, and like in any newfound relationship they find ways to connect to each other. For them, it is food, specifically in eating various kinds of meat. Rabbits, Bats, and few others. However, they are not lovers. At least they don’t want to be termed so. In a scene, Sumon vehemently tells his senior that they haven’t even touched each other, even accidentally.
The film starts with a proper structure of two people meeting, find meaning in their connection but know that what they are doing is not the societal norm, and after that, it’s an exodus of an inevitable shock. Niri is much older, married, and has a child. She maintains that her relationship with Sumon is not an affair, as she opposes the extra-marital affair her friend has.
Niri’s husband is pretty much unavailable who goes on work-related trips as he is a doctor with an NGO in Assam, leaving Niri and her son alone. Niri and Sumon express their adoration for each other through their culinary aspirations. The food Niri and Sumon eat is a physical representation of their desires. Aamis is intricately beautiful, bold, and at the same time repulsive. Hazarika has created a classical piece of cinema, which goes beyond and unravels the animal instincts in humans. The director with his work has given the term, “acts of love” a new meaning.
The film signifies poetry within, personifying life as an art form, which has a beginning, a prime which is basically understanding of the passion it delves in, and then a brutal fall, and finally the peace which come with pure acceptance.
Aamis is not fixed in a genre. Aamis remains bizarre and entertaining till the end. After some time in the movie, one realizes that it is not reaching for a total flip in the plot. The film engages in all kinds of symbolistic approaches towards topics of repression and confirming oneself to not break any rules, and while doing so break themselves. The film is currently streaming on Sony LIV.