Amma Kanakku Review: Story of Mother-Daughter

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Amala Paul’s Amma Kanakku Tamil Movie Review

Amma Kanakku is a 2016 Tamil film (Remake of HIndi movie “Nil Battey Sannata “) written and directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and produced by Actor Dhanush and Anand L.Rai. Amala Paul, Revathi, Yuvasri and Samuthirakani plays the lead roles. Music composed by Isaignani Ilayaraja.


Amala Paul as Shanthi
Revathi as Dr.Nandhini
Yuvasri as Abinaya – Amala Pauls’s Daughter
Samuthirakani as Ranganathan – Yuvasri’s School Principal


Amma Kanakku is about Shanti, who was a young widow living with her teenaged daughter Abinaya. She works at a fish market, washes vessels at a roadside hotel. Be that as it may, she’s characterized, principally, as the household help in Dr. Nandini’s house.

Her only dream is to give good education to her daughter Abhi for turning into a collector. But Abhi is not interested in academics and keeps on concentrating more on TV shows and movies, which loses confidence of her mother.

How Shanthi makes her daughter to understand the importance of education and achieve a dream is the rest of the story.


Amala Paul has conveyed a lifetime performance in this movie after her first movie Mynaa. She has perfectly acted out her dreams, affection, desperation and emotional turmoils caused by her daughter not understanding her dreams. Her costumes, de-glam makeup and lower middle class local dialogues help her massively to convey her best.

Yuvasri and other two kids are comes up with their natural performance and adds quality to the film.

Revathy plays a short but likeable role. Her performance proves her versatility once again.

Samuthirakani plays a strict school principal, but his manarism and jokes looks like a bit artifical.


A few scenes like enrolling a lady in her 30s in a government school without approval of higher authorities, the sudden decision of Amala meeting the collector are unconvincing. The film gives a documentary feel in climax.

Ilayaraja’s background music is awesom particularly in emotional scenes and lends a huge support to the movie. Cinematographer Gavemic U Ary’s has done a decent job with his camera.

Apart from few scenes, Amma Kanakku made watchable by realistic emotions, performance and good background music.