Regional cinema has always been limited to a certain geographic area, and to people bound in that culture. But, as the audience is becoming much more adaptive to cinema beyond boundaries, the appetite for regional cinema by people all over is also taking a sharp rise, and so has the level of screen-writing and realism in filmmaking. Recent example is the mind-bending Assamese movie called “Aamis”.
Aamis, a 2019 Assamese thriller, is directed by Bhaskar Hazarika, and has Lima Das and Arghadeep Baruah in lead roles. The story revolves around the two strangers who coincidentally meet and start spending time with each other with a common appetite of eating different kinds of meat. Actually, meat is what drives the entire narrative. But no spoilers as of now, so if you haven’t watched the film, go watch it and come back to this review. So, the lead actor Sumon who is preparing for PhD develops feelings for Nirmali, who is a married woman and a Doctor. They both share a bond that is connected with meat-eating. At an early stage, Nirmali is hesitant to eat meat, but as Sumon keeps feeding her, she develops an urge or obsession over trying different types of meat.
Now because Nirmala is already married, Sumon hesitates in revealing his feelings for her but he cannot resist the lust inside of him and he decides to feed her his own flesh. Sumon asks his best friend and his brother-figure Elias to cut out his flesh from his thighs and Sumon resorts to false narrative that he is doing it for an academic research purpose. When he feeds the meat to Nirmali, the urge of having more of it becomes unstoppable. This continues for a certain time before Nirmali decides to do the same with her flesh. When she feeds him the flesh, Sumon feels disgusted and vomits it out. There are several such scenes wherein there is an indirect indication or cultural reference.
So what happens to Nirmali? Does she stop having meat obsession? How does Sumon respond to this entire sequence and does he blame himself for it? Well, the answer lies in the movie and is highly recommended. A never seen before love story without any physical contact, and a tale of cannibalism and lust. Watch it for the performances, the score and the twists. The scenes that require no score have been kept quiet and the incorporation of sounds send down chills through your spines, especially the sound of meat dropping in the glass.