Along with her elder sister, years ago, Mariyam Azxza Azxona was reigning the music video scene until its rave diminished and she took a break. Out of the two sisters, which one conquered the throne as the ultimate dancing queen is difficult for me to affirm since (a) I have no technical idea about dancing and (b) all my life I have either chased the music while dancing or the music chased me. Whoever dancing with me wearing iron shoes is a different matter altogether. Anyway, all I know is that both sisters had all the right moves that made everyone glued to the small screen.

Axza Collage

Azxza’s transition to the big screen was phenomenal. Suddenly she was the most demanding and the most bankable actress starting last year. If I am not wrong, it was director Abdul Faththaah who kick-started the role-after-role spree of Azxza by casting her in Hahdhu regardless of its release date on 06th of next month.

With her remarkable success of last year with the horror film, 4426 directed by Fathimath Nahula with newcomer Ahmed Shinan and the rom-com, Miee Loaibbakee from DRE which was premiered in April this year, at present Azxza has no time to look back. Meanwhile, producers continue to get her signature on those dotted lines, and she has three more releases slated for this year starting with full-blown comedy Naughty 40 releasing tonight, followed by Hahdhu and finally on October, Bos directed by her sister.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any of her releases so far. But from the reviews, word of mouth, she has become the undisputable darling of Dhivehi film industry. It’s no small feat for anyone to win rave reviews from back to back releases, especially in the circle of mean critiques who are always eyeing to rip apart any film or anyone involved in them.

What astonishes me about Azxza is that both of her previous films and the one releasing tonight are of entirely different genres. And to flourish in different roles mean that she is a woman for all seasons. She fits any genre like a glove and has been making them work like a charm. I believe that such an occurrence doesn’t happen accidentally. She has the brain and brawn to handle any role she gets in addition to looking glamorous, versatile and very talented.

Her feet fit perfectly to every shoe of diverse characters she plays. So far, she has cat walked gracefully to win the hearts of audiences across the nation. And without a doubt, she will in all her future shoes.

In her upcoming film Hahdhu, she plays Yusra, a free-spirited woman who has everything going for her until a moment of miscalculation that spirals her life into chaos. I was so mesmerised by the performance that left me wondered how in the world did she manage to scare up an audience or tickled their funny bones in her already released two films. From the sound of those roles and her character of Yusra in Hahdhu are entirely on different poles. The latter is a melodramatically intense journey of a woman as she goes through all the trials and tribulations, accepting both emotionally and physically the backlash she receives from the closed society she lives in.

Azxza clearly understood the very depth of Yusra. She masterfully transforms herself plausibly if not effortlessly with every twist and turns in her character arc. She makes such a broad distinction from her introduction to the final scene of her screen time. In the end, she made a lasting impact on my heart and soul, stirring my tear glands along the way. It felt like a performance of a lifetime, and she made me believe every heartbeat of her character to earn a round of applause from me. The tears that I couldn’t hold back was for her endearing performance and the gratification I received from watching her perform. She made me realise, understand and experience the subtle subtexts surrounding her character as well as the film. In one single frame of hers, in one very decisive scene, she uses just her eyes to express a broad range of intense and conflicted emotions that she was going through at a difficult point in her life. Sheer brilliance! My heartfelt thanks to Yusra, I mean Azxza for such a commanding performance. Applause!

I wish her all the best and good luck in future.


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