Achuvinte Amma (Malayalam: അച്ചുവിന്റ്റെ അമ്മ, English: Achu's Mother) is a 2005 Malayalam film directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and written by Ranjan Pramod. It stars Narain, Urvashi and Meera Jasmine . The music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja with the lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery.
The film went on to win several awards including the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (Urvashi), Filmfare Award for Best Film - Malayalam & Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam for Meera Jasmine.
Achuvinte Amma is a movie that tells the deep rooted relation between a mother, Vanaja (Uravashi) and a daughter Achu (Meera Jasmine). Vanaja is a street smart LIC agent who has made it on her own. She lives with her only daughter Aswathy alias Achu who holds a diploma in Civil Engineering. Mother and daughter share a special relationship and are like friends. There is nothing that Achu hides from her mother. But the only thing taboo in their life is the talk about her father. Vanaja never speaks about Achu's father and Achu never asks her as she doesn't want to hurt her beloved mother.
Their life moves smoothly until Immanuel John alias Ijo (Narain) enters their life. They meet Ijo accidentally when they go to Trivandrum for attending an interview. After the first meeting, Achu and Ijo run into each other now and then, and a friendship develops between them.
Achu gets a job in a construction company. Ijo conveys his wish to marry Achu to Vanaja. Vanaja wants to meet his parents and then he reveals that he is an orphan, after when he takes them to Cemetery for getting permission for marriage. His family had committed mass suicide due to financial problems and he was the only one who survived. Now Vanaja turns against the marriage saying that she wants her daughter to get married to a solid family where there are lots of people to care for each other.
This shocks Achu and she raises the taboo and questions Vanaja about her father. Mother and daughter have an argument; Vanaja does not reveal anything and Achu walks out of her home. She goes to Ijo but he asks her to go back home. Achu is adamant and she stays with her colleague. Ijo tries to mend the relationship between them but Achu takes no heed.
Meanwhile Achu, due to uncomfortable circumstances, has to leave her colleagues place and she finds that she has no place to stay. She is totally worked up and meets with an accident and then Vanaja rushes to see her in hospital. Achu still doesn't speak to her and Vanaja opens her mind to Ijo, and tells him about her past. She reveals that Achu is not her daughter and since from a young age she had adopted Achu, giving a name Aswathy and calls Achu, she did not marry. Ijo tells this to Achu, and both of them reconcile.
The end shows Vanaja adopting another little girl just like how she had taken Achu.Urvashi as Vanaja, an LIC Crorepathi agent
Meera Jasmine as Achu
Narain as Ijo
Innocent as Paulose
K.P.A.C. Lalitha as Kunjala Chedathi
Sukumari as Moothamma
Oduvil Unnikrishnan as Abdullah
Vettukili Prakash as Kunjoy
Anoop Chandran as Ijo's friend
Pala Aravindan as Hospital Staff
Valsala Menon as Kathreena
Reshmi Boban as Usha
The movie opened in theatres with an overwhelming number of positive reviews. Apunkachioce.com described Achuvinte Amma as an eminently watchable film. Mouthshut.com also gave a similar comment quoting This 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. Oneindia.com gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and giving a Hit mark.
The film was highly successful and ran over 200 days in theatres.
National Film Awards2006: Best Supporting Actress - Urvashi
Filmfare Awards SouthFilmfare Award for Best Film - P. V. Gangadharan
Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam - Meera Jasmine
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Malayalam - Ilaiyaraaja
Asianet Film AwardsAsianet Film Awards for Best Film - P. V. Gangadharan
Asianet Film Awards for Best Actress - Meera Jasmine
Asianet Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer - K.S.Chitra
The film features songs composed by Ilayaraja and written by Gireesh Puthenchery.