Charlie Wilson’s War – Movie


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Charlie Wilson’s War – Movie

I watched Charlie Wilson’s War several times and would certainly watch it again due to its historical importance and cinematic success. This is an American comedy-drama film, based on the story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos, whose efforts led to Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahedeen during the Soviet–Afghan War. For some reason, (maybe due to the title of the movie) the film did not get expected attention though it was a critical and financial success. Had it been named something to do with Afghan-Soviet war, this would have left deeper memories in the world cinema. At a time when films that had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden were called “Osama,” this movie deserved something related to Afghan war. Charlie Wilson is unknown to many except US political circles I guess.

Charlie Wilson’s War is Mike Nichols’ final movie direction and it was written by Aaron Sorkin. He adapted the movie from George Crile III‘s book Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History which was released in 2003.

My favorite Hollywood actor Tom Hanks plays the title role while Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman play the other two main roles. The movie was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, including “Best Motion Picture”, but did not win in any category. Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. My favorite character in this movie is Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman,) the maverick CIA officer.  His role is so unassuming and natural that you will feel he is apparently not acting but living the character. Julia Roberts is as good as in any of her previous roles.

This movie clearly states that how a lesser known unimportant bigot like Senator Charlie Wilson can move a whole government, with the support of his paramour, the influential socialite Mrs. Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts). against an enemy thousands of miles away with using influence and connections to define the fate of an entire region by killing thousands and leaving millions of people in destitution and making an entire region a never-ending battle field.

The inveterate drinker and irresponsible womanizer Senator Wilson, with the help of the CIA officer Avrakotos, and with the influence of Mrs. Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) convert the budget of a measly $5 million USD to a double of that amount. The CIA’s anticommunism budget evolves from $5 million to over $500 million later (with the same amount matched by Saudi Arabia) for covert operations against the legitimate Afghan government and their northern allies, the Soviet Union who enters Afghanistan on the request of the Afghan President Najibullah Khan. The way it is done, if the story is true to the true events in the history, tells a lot about how light the world’s fate is taken by the vile people of American politics.

Mujahedeen rebels of Afghanistan wage a guerrilla war against Najibullah Khan’s legitimate Afghan government and when things get worse, Khan invites the Soviet forces to depend Afghanistan from the rebels.  By this time the USA’s covert operation is of a small budget. When the war worsens millions of Afghan refugees cross the Afghan-Pakistani border and enter Pakistan. General Zia-ul-Haq is forced to spring into action and he turns to the US help according to a manipulated plan by Senator Charlie Wilson. This makes the bloody Zia who was in the bad books of the US government for hanging the then legitimately elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in an unfair trial and declared Pakistan a military state to an American ally. Zia visits America and gets the funding to train Afghan and Pakistani youth as mujahedeen fighters to fight Afghan and Soviet forces. Zia makes use of this opportunity to show the Pakistani people that he is pro-Islamist and uses religion to claim the popular support him. This is the major turning point of secular Pakistan to become an extremist one. As anywhere in the world, people are fooled and Pakistan loses its way to development and gets entangled in a quagmire of a religious extremism something which it has not been able to come out of to date. Pakistan’s defense budget is increased by manifold and in addition to its traditional enemy India; it has to fight an unnecessary enemy too. The mujahideens who were indoctrinated, funded and trained by US-Pakistani coalition started waging their war against Pakistan government (and that of Afghanistan) in the form of Taliban and you know the rest.

Anyway, the money pumped to Afghan operations ends up with leaving powerful Stinger missiles on the hands of bloody mujahideens who fire them at Soviet MI 24 gunships and make the Red Army abandon Afghanistan unceremoniously without accomplishing the mission. This is a major victory of America’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. With the US help, America is able to create “a Vietnam for the Soviet Union” and making Ronald Reagan, the then US president a happy man.

I can remember this series of events as a schoolboy as I remember how the Soviet Union entered Afghanistan and the war started thanks to CNN news on local TV, Rupavahini telecast the world events for few minutes every night during their newscasts.

At the end, the movie comes to a universal truth. The parties who engaged in the war by supplying millions of dollars hesitate to fund for education and development. Charlie Wilson also understands the unhappy truth. However, his pride is damaged by his reasonable fears of what unintended consequences that his clandestine efforts could result in the implications of US disengagement from Afghanistan. Wilson follows Gust’s guidance to seek support for post-Soviet occupation Afghanistan but finds almost no enthusiasm in the US government for even the modest measures he proposes. This is common to many other battlefields the USA got involved in from Vietnam to Syria I guess.

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P.S. There are a number of interesting dialogs in the movie and I prefer these two of all of them.

Dialog 01.

Larry Liddle: Miss?

Charlie’s Angel #1: Yes sir?

Larry Liddle: It seems to me lookin’ around, that it’s almost all women workin’ here; and that they’re all very pretty. Is that common?

Charlie’s Angel #1: Well… Congressman Wilson, he has an expression. He says uhh, “You can teach ’em to type, but you can’t teach ’em to grow tits.”

Larry Liddle: Well, that’s… charming.

 

Dialog 02.

Charlie Wilson: You’re no James Bond.

Gust Avrakotos: You’re no Thomas Jefferson, either. Let’s call it even.

To read the rest of the dialogs, please click this linkhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472062/quotes.

 

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Love in the Time of Cholera (film)


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It was one of my good friends that advised me to watch this movie “Love in the Time of Cholera”, when I was speaking to him about the girl that I loved the most in my life, which did not have a happy ending. In fact this film is a treat to watch, if you take the movie in that respect, the love lost. If not for Florentino Ariza, who else will wait for 51 years, 9 months and 4 days – well, while having dalliances with over 600 women in between – to meet the one he loved most as a teenager? Florentino Ariza does and wins the coveted prize, his dream girl, now a 70-year-old widow with few kids.

You won’t understand these sentiments, unless you read the novel of the same name by the late Gabriel García Márquez (which the movie was based on) or at least watch the movie. I am yet to read the book, but since I watched the movie first, I would write about it here first.

The movie was directed by Mike Newell and produced by Scott Steindorff. The three main characters in the movie are Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her two suitors, Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) and Doctor Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt.) It is said that the producer spent over three years wooing Gabriel García Márquez for the rights to the book telling him that he was Florentino and would not give up until he got the rights. (Well, I would have done the same or more, if I were the producers as the story is that important & relative to me.)

The love triangle between the trio spans for 50 years. Florentino misses his sweetheart but is determined to make amends by making himself a rich and popular poet (who also writes love letters for other lovers who cannot write or are not articulate enough to impress their partners.) Wealth and fame bring him more female admirers than a rock star of today. And, to evade the pain of the love lost – I do not know this was the right reason – he keeps having affairs with all the attractive women who come his way. (Well, it is said that Shah Jahan, the emperor who built the Taj Mahal as a ‘monument for love’ for his beloved deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, is supposed to have done heinous acts before and after the death of her?)

I do not waste time on the plot as Wikipedia has a better version of it and one could simply go through this. [But I suggest that you wait to read the last paragraph after the plot.]

“In late 19th century Cartagena, a river port in Colombia, Florentino Ariza falls in love at first sight with Fermina Daza. They secretly correspond, and she eventually agrees to marry him, but her father discovers their relationship and sends her to stay with distant relatives (mainly her grandmother and niece). When she returns some years later, Fermina agrees to marry Dr. Juvenal Urbino, her father’s choice. Their 50-year marriage is outwardly loving but inwardly marred by darker emotions. Fermina’s marriage devastates Florentino, who vows to remain a virgin, but his self-denial is thwarted by a tryst.

To help him get over Fermina, his mother introduces a willing widow to him, he discovers that sex is a very good pain reliever, one he uses to replace the opium that he had habitually smoked. He begins to record and describe each of his sexual encounters, beginning with the widow, and eventually compiles over 600 entries.

A lowly clerk, he plods resolutely over many years to approach the wealth and social standing of Dr. Urbino. When the now-elderly doctor dies suddenly, Florentino immediately and impertinently resumes courting Fermina.” – Wikipedia

I am not ashamed of saying this. But I too will wait the next 50 years or more, to meet my love again should she come back to me at any time in the future, even with 10 children. (But in the meantime, I am not indulging in any carnal exploits). Love is such a strong sentiment that one can sacrifice anything, unfortunately, when it matters most, you do not know “how to sell a contradiction” as Culture Club sings in “Karma Chameleon” with your ego and what not? When you realize what you lose, it is already too late. But for me, being in love with her again is never too late.

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Circumstance (2011 film)


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Circumstance is a dramatic film written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz in 2011. Its main cast is done by Nikohl BoosheriSarah Kazemy, and Reza Sixo Safai. It focuses its scope into lesbianism in modern Iran and other cultural restrictions.

The movie shows unseen and unexpected lifestyles of the youth in modern day Iran. In the movie, two girls, Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri,) a daughter of a rich and respected family and orphaned Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) discover themselves are in a lesbian relationship, which is condemned and banned by post-revolutionary Iran. Atafeh’s elder brother, Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai) is obsessed with drugs but later becomes increasingly obsessed with Islam and becomes very conservative and old fashioned in his religious beliefs.

Both Atafeh and Shireen find time to go out and have fun in secluded areas and in illicit discotheques. They also experiment with sex, drinking and drugs. One day they are caught by the Cultural Police in Iran and arrested. They are taken to the police station and treated with cruelty. In the investigation to the girls’ behavior, even their virginity is checked medically by men! However, Atafeh is released from the police custody by her rich father by offering bribes to the police and it is her brother that comes to the rescue of her friend, Shireen. The whole saga shows how restricted the life is for the Iranian youth.

The movie is like a beautifully woven fabric. It shows how fast the life is for the youth and how slow the life is for typical Iranians. The sex scenes in the movies are not included forcibly. They happen with the natural flow of the movie. Believe me, they are beautifully done with showing mild but creative nudity. The movie is set in Iran but it was filmed in Lebanon to avoid the Iranian government.

The film is in Persian language and you can buy a DVD with English subtitles or download the movie from torrents with English subtitles.

The director, Maryam Keshavarz, was raised in the United States but spent summers in Iran. There she saw the unreasonable restrictions in the country and how the youth try to be adventurous and experimental. This is the first full length feature film she directed.

The critics had mainly positive reviews and it was called “A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture” by many. The film was banned in Iran as expected and the director Keshavarz herself was banned from returning to Iran by the Iranian government.

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Guru Movie by Mani Ratnam


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I don’t usually go to cinemas to watch Hindi movies. I buy the DVDs and watch them at home. But when Mani Ratnam’s Guru came to Colombo I went to watch it at a cinema with my wife. Because I had read on the internet that Guru is such an entertaining and inspiring movie. Besides, I am a big fan of Mani Ratnam.

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I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the movie from the beginning to the end. Romance between Guru and Sujatha was very creatively crafted. The songs were beautiful; especially Barso Re.Abhishek Bhachchan had done justice to his character. This was the best Abhishek movie I ever saw. Aishwarya Rai was as beautiful as ever and much better than in her previous movies. I think the credit should go to the director Mani Ratnam for getting the best out of Abhishek and Aishwarya.

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The movie shows the conflict between the older generation and the new generation at the beginning. Gurukant Desai, usually called Guru, is a village lad. Guru’s father wants Guru to do well academically but Guru is not vibrant in studies. He wants to do a job overseas instead. Father resists by saying dreams never come true but Guru manages to go to Turkey to work at a fuel distribution company. Later he is promoted to a supervisor’s position with a big salary increase. But he refuses the promotion and makes his mind to go back to India to start a business of his own.

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Abhishek and Aishwarya in Guru

Rather than romance between Guru and Sujatha what my eyes went on to was the untiring efforts of Guru to make a business empire during the infamous License Raj era which was not conducive to business. During that time it was extremely difficult to get licenses to start businesses. So Guru happens to bribe government officials including Chief Ministers and manages to get licenses for his factories. His main business is garments but he later expands to a host of other businesses such as petrochemicals.

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Guru’s business model is such that he issues shares of his companies to the public. The public readily invest in his companies as Guru is very creative in his job that he produces a lot of profits. Thus the public gets a big share of their return on investment.

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Abhishek Bhachchan in Guru

But his onetime admirer, Manik Dasgupta, a publisher of the popular newspaper Samachar becomes estranged with Guru and start revealing Guru’s dirty secrets in how he makes big profits, how he manipulates share prices and how he smuggles machinery into India and produces beyond quotas. This doesn’t harm Guru’s courage but he is upset as Manik is estranged with him. He still respects him for helping the former at the beginning of his business and shouts at Guru’s supporters who attacked Manik’s car.

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Mithun Chakraborty in Guru

Guru suffers from a sudden stroke after government seals his factory due to Manik’s attacks through his newspaper and is admitted to hospital. More than the doctors, Guru’s wife must be credited for his recovery. At the hearing of his case she helps him a lot. Ultimately he is fined a big sum of money for malpractices in his businesses but he is allowed to continue his factories after the courts hearing his side of the story.

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Aishwarya Rai in Guru

Thus ends the story and it inspires us as to how one’s courage should be in business or any other ventures. The movie is loosely based on Dhirubhai Ambani’s story of how he built Reliance Empire in India. Ambani did not have an easy ride. Coming from a rural village with no proper English education, he had to fight against all odds to have a place in Bombay’s dog-eat-dog business arena. But he wins all wars against him and finally creates India’s biggest company, Reliance Industries.

 

 

Terminator Genisys – The Fifth Installment of The Terminator Franchise


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I watched Terminator Genisys, the American science fiction action film directed by Alan Taylor today at Willmax Theater, Anuradhapura. I was pleasantly surprised to see on the Web that the theater has 3D facilities. Hence the decision to watch it in Anuradhapura.

Legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for his eponymous character, the terminator in the newest installment after missing the fourth installment, Terminator Salvation. I liked the first, second and the third installments of the movie since Schwarzenegger played the title roles in all three movies. But the third installment, Terminator Salvation was a complete disaster of a movie without Schwarzenegger and the little cameo of computer generated image of Schwarzenegger did not help much. He was busy playing the disastrous real life role of the governor (people nicknamed him the Governator) of California by that time and had temporarily given up movies, which was a complete waste and an injustice to the Hollywood.

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A scene from Terminator Genisys

The story in the Terminator Genisys is little complicated with a lot of scenes moving back and forth of time and you should have watched all installments of the movie to understand it better. But this does not mean that you cannot enjoy it without seeing the earlier installments.

This is the cleanest Terminator movie ever. All other movies were full of urban rubbish environments but there is a lot of greenery and the beauty of the countryside in this. I never expected it to have a single tree after watching the fourth movie, Terminator Salvation. But the screenwriters have been so smart in taking the greenery back to the story.

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A scene from Terminator Genisys

Sarah Connor has been brought back to her youth and is performed by the cute Emilia Clarke. Her performance is both original and breathtaking. She is the best star in the movie. Kyle Reese is played by Jai Courtney.

I do not understand as to why this movie has been given unfavorable reviews by the critics. And also it has under-performed in its domestic market, the United States. For me, if not for the emotional bond I have with James Cameron’s Terminator 2 – Judgment Day, Terminator Genisys would have been the best in the franchise. It is full of action and adventure. Special effects are beyond your wildest imagination. And they have very successfully brought back the first Terminator to this movie with computer generated images (CGI.)

The film was released by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions on July 1, 2015. In addition to the standard digital format, it was released in Real 3D and IMAX 3D.

Do not wait to see this movie in DVDs or through torrents. You must see it in a theater with 3D facilities.

Jurassic World – The Fourth Installment of Jurassic Park


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I watched Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World movie at Savoy 3D cinema last Wednesday with my son Abhilash and my wife. Abhilash loves Jurassic Park franchise. He has repeatedly watched all three past installments in DVDs and can identify most of the dinosaur species by name. He loves to groan like Tyrannosaurus Rex and pounce on us. His favorite is deadly Spinosaurus that appeared in Jurassic Park III. He loves to draw all these dinosaur types in his sketch book and whiteboard. He learns their features from the drawings in the inside cover of Michael Crichton’s The Lost World novel.

Jurassic World can be rated as the second best in the franchise only next to Jurassic Park I. To spice things up, they have created an Indominus Rex, a genetically engineered monster dinosaur in Jurassic World. Special effects and 3D effects are excellent. Story line also is creative. It is sad not to see any of the earlier characters except for Dr. Henry Wu, the Chinese American geneticist. It would have been lovely to see at least one of Dr. Allan Grant, Dr. Ian Malcolm or Dr. Ellie Sattler if not the two kids that appeared in the first movie.

I watched Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, the first installment exactly 22 years ago at the Liberty Cinema, Colombo which was renovated to install a new digital sound system, a new technology then just to suit to the new movie’s sound effects. I can remember being in a more than a kilometer long queue in the scorching sun. It was worth the torture.

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A scene from Jurassic World

It was a packed house in Savoy 3D cinema for the 7.00 pm show of Jurassic World last Wednesday and we had to sit in the corner (near exit door) in the first raw which made it difficult to enjoy a decent angle. Almost all the other seats were reserved. If you are going there, please book your seat in advance or go early.

I learnt that the movie was shown in Willmax 3D cinema in Anuradhapura too and a ticket was just 220 LKR. We paid a whopping 700 LKR at Savoy.

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කොහොමටත් මම මහරජ ගැමුණු බලන්න ගියේ වැඩි බලාපොරොත්තු තබාගෙන නෙවෙයි. බිරිඳටත් දරුවටත් චිත්‍රපටයක් පෙන්වන්න වුවමනාව තිබුණු නිසාත්, ළඟම තිබුණු සිනමා හලේ තිබුණේ මහරජ ගැමුණු නිසාත් වෙන විකල්පයක් තිබුණේ නැහැ. මහරජ ගැමුණු චිත්‍රපටයේ කොටස් රූපවාහිනියෙන් දුටුවිටම මෙය දුර්වල නිර්මාණයක් බව හැඟී ගියා.

මම ජයන්ත චන්ද්‍රසිරිගේ අග්නිදාහය ඉතාමත් ආශාවෙන් බැලුවා. එය අතිශයින්ම විශිෂ්ට නිර්මාණයක්. ඈත යුගයක ලංකාවේ සමාජ, දේශපාලන, සංස්කෘතික පසුබිම මොනවට පිළිබිඹු වුණා අග්නිදාහයෙන්. ඒ වගේම තමයි නළු නිළියන්ගේ රඟපෑම් සහ සංගීතය. මහරජ ගැමුණු, අග්නිදාහය අහලකින්වත් යන චිත්‍රපටයක් නෙවෙයි. මේ චිත්‍රපට දෙකම කළේ එකම අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයාද කියල හිතෙන තරමට මහරජ ගැමුණු දුර්වලයි.

මෙම චිත්‍රපටය නිර්මාණය කළේ බොහෝ පර්යේෂණ කර බව අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජයන්ත චන්ද්‍රසිරි කොතරම් පුන පුනා කීවත් චිත්‍රපටයේ එවන් පර්යේෂණයක සේයාවක්වත් දකින්නට නැහැ. කතා පිටපත අතිශයින්ම දුරවලයි. මීට වැඩි නිර්මාණශීලී පිවිසුමක් ජයන්ත වගේ අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයෙක්ගෙන් රසිකයින් බලාපොරොත්තු වෙනවා.  නිකන්ම නිකන් මුල ඉඳලා අගට කතන්දර කියන්න නම් චිත්‍රපටයක්ම ඕනේ නැහැනේ. එක පොතකින් වුණත් කරන්න පුළුවන්.

ඒ වගේම තමයි නළු නිළියන් හැසිරවීම. කිසිම නළු නිලියෙක්ගේ අපූර්වත්වයක් නැහැ. අඩුම තරමින් ජැක්සන් ඇන්තනීවත් සුපුරුදු රංගනයට එළඹ නැහැ. මෙවන් චිත්‍රපටයකට ගැලපෙන නළු නිළියන්ගේ හිඟකම අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයාගේ වරදක්මත් නෙවෙයි. හැකියාවන් තිබුණ අය එක්කෝ වයසට ගිහින්. නැත්නම් මිය ගිහින්. ඉතිරිවෙලා ඉන්නේ ටෙලිනාට්‍යවලින් දිනපතා දකින කිසිම ප්‍රතිභාවක් නැති පියරු බබ්බු ටික විතරයි. ගැමුණු වගේ ප්‍රතාපවත් චරිතයකට පණ දෙන්න උද්ධික ප්‍රේමරත්නට වඩා පෞරුෂයක් තියෙන නළුවෙක් හොයාගන්න නැති එක ඛේදනීය තත්ත්වයක්. පළපුරුදු නළු නිළියන් වන ශ්‍රියන්ත මෙන්ඩිස්, යශෝධා විමලධර්ම, කුසුම් රේණු වැන්නන්ගෙනුත් චිත්‍රපටයට සාධාරණයක් ඉෂ්ට වෙලා නැති බවයි පෙනී යන්නේ. තත්ත්වය එහෙමනම් ආධුනික නළු නිළියන් ගැන කවර කතාද?

චිත්‍රපටයේ විරාමය පසුවීත් ටිකක් දුර යනතෙක් ආසනයෙන් නැගිට යන්නම සිතුනත් බිරිඳගේත්, දරුවාගේත් සතුටට බාධා නොකිරීමට බැරි නිසාම ඉතා අපහසුවෙන් සිනමා ශාලාවේ රැඳී සිටින්න වුණා. තනියම ආවානම් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම නැගිට යනවා. ඒ තරම්ම චිත්‍රපටය සමස්තයක් ලෙස දුර්වලයි.

එක හොඳකට තියෙන්නේ සටන් ජවනිකා ටික ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිනමාවේ මට්ටමෙන් ගත් කල තරමක් අගය කළ හැකියි. සටන් ජවනිකා කුස පබා, සිරි පැරකුම් වැනි චිත්‍රපට වලට වඩා ඉදිරියෙන් තිබුණා. එත් ටිකක් විතර ට්‍රෝයි චිත්‍රපටය අනුගමනය හෝ කොපි කළ බවක් සටන් ජවනිකා වල කැමරා කෝණ වලින් පෙනුණා. ඒක ලොකු වැරද්දකුත් නෙවෙයි. දුටුගැමුණු එළාර සටන මීට වඩා උද්වේගකරවත්, දීර්ඝවත් තිබිය යුතුව තිබුණා. එය කලින්ම නිම කිරීම ප්‍රේක්ෂකයන්ට කරන ලද අසාධාරණයක් වගේම එළාර රජුටත් කළ අපහාසයක්.

ජයන්ත චන්ද්‍රසිරි නම් මේ චිත්‍රපටය ගැන මාධ්‍ය සමග කතා කරන්නේ බොහොම උජාරුවෙන්. ඔහුගේත් සුනිල් ආරියරත්නගේත්, සෝමරත්න දිසානායකගෙත් අධ්‍යක්ෂණ හැකියාවන්වල වැඩි වෙනසක් මේ චිත්‍රපටය තුළින් මමනම් දකින්නේ නැහැ. ජයන්ත වැනි අපිට සිටින සුළු දක්ෂ අධ්‍යක්ෂවරුණුත් මේ විදියට බොළඳ නිර්මාණ කරනවානම් සිංහල සිනමාව ගැන වැඩි බලාපොරොත්තු තියා නොගත්තාට කමක් නැහැ.

සැමීගේ කතාව


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ප්‍රියංකර විතානාච්චිගේ සැමීගේ කතාව චිත්‍රපටය නැරඹුවෙමි. කපිතාන් එල්මෝ ජයවර්ධන විසින් රචිත Sam’s Story නම් ග්‍රේෂන් සම්මානලාභී නවකතාව ඇසුරෙන් නිර්මාණය කළ සැමීගේ කතාව චිත්‍රපටය මෙරට සිනමා ලෝලීන්ට දකින්නට ලැබෙන්නේ නිෂ්පාදනයෙන් බොහෝ කලකට පසුය. මා අසා ඇති පරිදි චිත්‍රපටය රූගත කොට දෙබස් කැවීම සහ අනෙකුත් කටයුතු කිරීමටද සෑහෙන කාලයක් බලාසිටීමට අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයාට සිදුවිණ. චිත්‍රපටය ගැන අදහස් දැක්වීම කළ යුත්තේ මේ සන්දර්භය තුළ සිටගෙනය.

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මා මුලින්ම ආකර්ෂණය වූ ලක්ෂණය නම් දුක්බර කතාවක් වුවත්, අලංකාර ග්‍රාමීය පරිසරයක චිත්‍රපටය රූගත කොට තිබීමය. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මෙවැනි තේමාවක් ගත් චිත්‍රපට පෙන්වන්නේ සොටු පෙරාගත්, කුණුකෙල පෙරාගත්, සති ගණනකින් නොනා සිටින චරිත යොදාගෙන දැඩි අඳුරු රූපරාමු හරහාය. එහෙත් අප දන්නා ග්‍රාමීය පරිසරය මීට වෙනස්ය. ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ගැමියා අවම පහසුකම් යටතේ වුවත් ගඟේ, වැවේ බැස නා, ගේ දොරද හැකිතරම් පිරිසුදුව තබාගන්නා අයෙකි. වාසනාවට අධ්‍යක්ක්ෂවරයාට මේ ගැන ඉවක් තිබී ඇත. එහෙත් ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ගැමි ජීවිතය ගැන චිත්‍රපට, ටෙලිනාට්‍ය සාදන්නන් බොහෝ දෙනෙකුට මේ ඉව නැත. ඔවුන් පෙන්නන්නේ ගැමියා අපිරිසුදු ගෙවල්වල සිටින පිළිකුල් සහගත සත්වයකු ලෙසය.

samige_kathawa

ප්‍රියංකර චිත්‍රපටය පුරාම පාහේ පැහැදිලි, දීප්තිමත් දර්ශන අප වෙත ගෙන එයි. ප්‍රියජනක නොවන කතාවක් වුවද ප්‍රියජනක පරිසරයක රූගත කොට ඇත. ගමේ, මාකලන්ද නම් ව්‍යාපාරිකයාගේ නිවසේ මෙන්ම ගඟේ දර්ශනද සුන්දරය. නමුත් චිත්‍රපටය නිෂ්පාදනයේදී බොහෝ කල් ගතවීම නිසාදෝ මේ සුන්දරත්වය වර්තමාන සිනමා රසිකයාට ඒ අයුරින්ම නොපෙනේ. දර්ශන තරමක් අව පැහැ ගැන්වී ඇත.

Samige Kathawa (7)

ප්‍රධාන චරිතය රඟපාන ජගත් චමිල ඉතාමත් සාර්ථක ලෙස තම චරිතය තුළට සමවැදී ඇත. ඔහුගේ කතාව, ගමන් විලාසය, සිනාව, දෑසින් හැඟුම් පළකරන ආකාරය වැනි දේවල් දකිනවිට මෙය රඟපෑමක් නොව සැබෑවක් මෙන් පෙනේ. ජගත් වැනි කඩවසම් නළුවෙක් මෙතරම් වෙනසකට භාජනය කළ අංග රචනා ශිල්පියාට විශේෂ ගෞරවයක් දිය යුතුමය. සැමීගේ බොහෝ ක්‍රියාවන්ට සාමාන්‍ය නරඹන්නන්ට සිනා යනමුත් හැඟීම් බර අයකුට ඔහු ගැන ඇතිවන්නේ අනුකම්පාවකි. එය දෑසට කඳුළක් එක් කරන අවස්ථාවන්ද එමටය. විශේෂයෙන්ම සැමීගේ යහළුවාට, මලණුවන්ට සහ මවට ඔහුගේ ඇති ආදරය අසීමිතය. ඔහු මාකලන්දට සහ ඔහුගේ පවුලේ අයටද පුද කරන්නේ එම ආදරයමය. එහි කිසිදු වෙනසක් ඔහු තුළ නැත. එහෙත් තමාගේ ආදරණීය මලණුවන් මරා දැමුවේ දෙමළ ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් නිසා ඔහු දෙමළ අයට නොකැමැතිය. එහෙත් ගෞරි කෙරෙහි ඔහුට ඇත්තේ ජාති භේද වලින් ඔබ්බට ගිය ආදරයකි.

Samige Kathawa (3)

ජගත් චමිල මම මීට පෙර දැක ඇත්තේ ටෙලිනාට්‍ය වලින් පමණි. අවාසනාවට ඔහුගේ එකම වේදිකා නාට්‍යක්වත් නරඹන්නට මට නොහැකි විය. ටෙලිනාට්‍යවල මම ඔහුගෙන් එතරම් ප්‍රතිභාවක් නොදැක්කෙමි. ඊට හේතුව ඔහුට හොඳ ටෙලිනාට්‍ය නොලැබීම විය හැක. එහෙත් සැමීගේ කථාවේ ඔහුගේ රඟපෑම ප්‍රතිභාපූර්ණය. එයට බොහෝ සෙයින් හේතු වී ඇත්තේ අධ්‍යක්ෂවරයා බව හැඟෙන්නේ මා මීට පෙර ඔහුගෙන් මෙවන් රඟපෑමක් නොදුටු නිසාදැයි සිතේ. ජගත්ද, ප්‍රියංකරට අවශ්‍ය සියල්ලම නිර්ලෝභීව දී ඇති බව පෙනේ. ජගත්ගේ රඟපෑම මට සිහිකළේ මා මීට බොහෝ කලකට පෙර නැරඹු Barry Levinson ගේ Rain Man චිත්‍රපටයේ Dustin Hoffman ගේ චරිතයයි.

samige_kathawa3

මාකලන්ද වැනි ඉතා හොඳ චරිතයක් කතාව අවසානයේදී මරා දැමීමෙන් පෙනෙන්නේ එවකට තිබූ දැඩි යුදකාමී තත්වයන් යටතේ බෝසත් චරිතයන්ට වුවද රුදුරු මරණය බලාපොරොත්තු නොවූ මොහොතකදී පැමිණීමට තිබූ හැකියාවයි. ඉතා පරිත්‍යාගශීලී, ගුණ ගරුක ව්‍යාපාරිකයකු වූ මාකලන්දගේ චරිතය පුරාම පෙනෙන්නේ ඔහු තුළ පවතින දැඩි කරුණාවමය. එහෙත් එවන් චරිතවලට පවා යුද්ධයෙන් ගැලවීමක් නොතිබුණි.

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කතාව අවසානයට සිදුවන මාකලන්දගේ ඝාතනයත් සමගම සෙල්වා තුළ තිබූ එල්. ටී. ටී. ඊ. හිතවාදී බව වෙනස් වෙන නමුදු මෙම විපර්යාසය මීට වඩා සංවේදී ආකාරයකට ඉදිරිපත් කළ හැකිව තිබූ බව මගේ පෞද්ගලික මතයයි. මෙය චිත්‍රපටයේ උච්චතම අවස්ථාවයි. මෙය ප්‍රබල ලෙස පාවිච්චි කළ යුතුව තිබුණි. මෙම අවස්ථාව කුමක් හෝ හේතුවක් නිසා පපුවට වදින බව අඩුවක් දැනේ. සමහර ඒ මට පමණක් විය හැකිය.

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සමස්තයක් ලෙස ගත් කළ චිත්‍රපටයේ සාධනීය ලක්ෂණ බොහොමයක් තිබේ. සාපේක්ෂව අඩු අයවැයකින් නිමවූ චිත්‍රපටයකින් බලාපොරොත්තු විය නොහැකි ධනාත්මක ලක්ෂණ චිත්‍රපටය පුරාවටම විහිදෙයි. ප්‍රියංකරගේ පළමු සිනමා නිර්මාණයම මෙසේ නම් අපට ඔහුගේ ඊළඟ නිර්මාණයන් ගැන තවත් බලාපොරොත්තු තැබිය හැකිය.

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චිත්‍රපටය, එය පාදක කරගත් නවකතාවෙන් මොනතරම් දුරකට අපගමනය වූයේදැයි මට කිව නොහැක්කේ මම නවකතාව කියවා නැති නිසාය. සමහර අධ්‍යක්ෂවරුන් මුල් කෘතියට හානි වේ යයි බියෙන් පොත තුළටම හිරවී සිනමා පටය නිර්මාණය කරනු දක්නට ලැබේ. එහෙත් සිනමා කෘතියක් යනු වෙනත් මාධ්‍යයකි. මුල් පොතෙන් වෙනස් වුවත් මුල් තේමාව රැකගෙන චිත්‍රපටය වඩාත් නිර්මාණශීලී ලෙස නිර්මාණය කිරීමට එය බාධාවක් කර ගත යුතු නොවේ. බටහිර චිත්‍රපට මෙය අපූරුවට අනුගමනය කරයි.

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The Secret


The Secret DVD Cover

The Secret DVD Cover

The Secret is a 2006 documentary film by Rhonda Byrne. It consists of a series of interviews that tell us by continuous self-suggestions to ourselves, we can attract the things we need. Be it money, fame, love, etc., we ourselves can gain them by thinking positively. The film was followed by a book with the same name.

The film explains us the Law of Attraction. The universe has resources in abundance. It has enough for everybody. It doesn’t run out of resources. It is us who have the power to reach for them. If we strive for the things we need in the right way, they will come to us.

The film tells that most of the prominent people already know the concepts behind The Secret and the Law of Attraction but they don’t divulge them to the others. They fear that if everybody comes to know about them, they will have a stiff competition from others.

The people shown in the interviews are not that famous. There are quantum physicists, psychologists, metaphysicists, coaches, theologists, philosophers, etc. in the interviews. All of them tell us how their lives were changed after learning about the Law of Attraction.

I was given a copy of The Secret DVD by Nuwan Samaranayake, a Sri Lankan software engineer working in the United States. I did not watch it as soon as I got it. But when I faced a lot of challenges both personally and professionally I thought of watching the DVD.

The film helped me a lot to reorganize myself. It gave me hopes when there was nothing else to encourage me. I could focus on my future after watching it. Though there are a lot of criticisms about the film on the Internet, the film has helped a lot of people to change their thinking patterns.

When everything collapses around you, you need something to hang on. Some people seek help from religions. Some go for mystical powers. Some take refuge at superstitious beliefs. But The Secret helps you to look at things around you scientifically.

If you want to become rich you should start thinking like a rich person. You should behave like a rich person. You should eliminate the thoughts of poverty. Once you start thinking positively, the ways and means to become rich will appear automatically.

There are people who work hard still don’t succeed in life. There are some people who don’t work hard still become successful. The difference is with the thinking patterns. Your hard work will go in vain if you don’t think the right way. You should watch The Secret to change your thinking patterns for the better.

I recommend you to watch the film. Money spent on the film is an investment. It can help you immensely. If possible, try the book as well. You won’t regret the investment.

Gandhi


Gandhi Poster

Gandhi Poster

Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatizes the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi was the leader of India’s non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the British Empire’s rule of the country during the 20th century. It stars Ben Kingsley in the title role.

The film starts with Gandhi’s assassination and subsequent funeral. Then we are taken to a scene where Gandhi is thrown out of a train in South Africa for traveling in a whites-only compartment. The film ends with the assassination and funeral of Gandhi.

It is in South Africa Gandhi starts a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. In the midst of numerous arrests and international attention that is despised by the white authorities, the South African government finally gives in by recognizing some rights for Indians.

After the victory in South Africa, the patriots in India invite Gandhi to fight for India’s independence. Gandhi agrees but is prepared to use only nonviolence and non-cooperation in his campaign against the British as he does not like to see a bloodbath during the struggle.

Gandhi starts small but with time, is able to influence millions of countrymen throughout India to fight against the British. Gandhi is arrested several times but the white leaders cannot stop the tide against them. Hundreds of Indians are massacred in Jallianwala Bagh and this shocks Gandhi.

Even the British activists and citizens sympathize with Gandhi and Indians and the constant pressure they put on their own government forces the British to free India after the World War II. But Ali Jinnah, a Muslim leader, sides with the British and demands for a separate state for the Muslims in India. The British who love to use divide and rule policy in their colonies readily agree to grant Jinnah’s wish.

Gandhi tries his best to unite Hindus and Muslims even by offering Jinnah the post of the Prime Minister of India to stop country being divided. But Nehru opposes this idea. Finally Pakistan is born.

The creation of Pakistan at midnight results in a large number of Muslims and Hindus being killed and injured. Gandhi is horrified with that and starts a hunger strike till the violence stops. Finally people heed and Gandhi calls off strike.

The birth of Pakistan creates enemies for Gandhi within the Hindu community itself. A religious fanatic Nathuram Godse shoots Gandhi point blank and kills him.

What we can learn from Gandhi, the film is that to stick to your goal despite heavy setbacks and holding onto your fair policies. Gandhi never abandoned his nonviolence policy at a time which he could set the millions of Indians against the white rulers and forced them to quit India fearing unprecedented violence. Instead he could wait till the time was ripe for the Independence.

But at the end we are convinced that even a saintly figure like Gandhi also had to end up his life with a bullet. The father of nonviolence had to die as a result of violence. This is the way of the word. But this shouldn’t discourage anyone from practicing and patronizing nonviolence. We can remember how Nelson Mandela won his cause through nonviolence in the recent past.