Garden and Sakman Maluwa
Lankan movies have over the years changed onto the positive side, where one
would see not only some decent plots and acting but also some movies really
do make a great effort in creating some excellent cinematography, which
enhances the movie on the whole. Judging from various awards which some of
these films win, clearly puts our local films into the international arena
and actually worthy of entering into major competitions. Gone are the days
where some of these films, rely on play back songs where dance routines and
costume changes take precedence. Finally, there comes a movie which not only
is created beautifully, but where an entire family can witness without the
what I liked about the film Sakman Maluwa. Having read the short story, I
was anxious in seeing the interpretation adapted for screen. Of course,
knowing full well, the cast and its director, one expected something of
quality. And I wasn't disappointed.
entire movie circles around The
Garden which becomes the centre of attraction.
turned the damp earth with the digging fork, cautiously avoiding the young
plant. He was squatting beside the bed of coleus, his sarong stretched
neatly without one wrinkle." (The Garden) And this becomes the opening
of the movie too. Tissa and his mother share a passion - gardening.
Gardening becomes a passion for him, it is where he longs to spend time,
ably assisted by Jamis, who seems to have been with this family for decades.
For Tissa, " it was not just gardening
but mere occupation for his spare hours." Even after his
marriage to Prema, they both take to mending the garden.
symbolism of the garden then becomes the place where their marriage too
takes a different turn.
film focuses on the marriage between Tissa and Prema (Sanath Gunatilleke and
Kanchana Mendis), excellently. The age gap does become a stressful factor
although not at the beginning but certainly when the younger brother arrives
from Russia. Tissa is able to see a different angle to his wife's behavior
when she reacts with his brother.
character seems simple - work,
wife and gardening. But with all this, he seems to suffer from an insecure
complex. And this is brought out well. When his mother tells Prema, "
It is all because he loves you, be it jealousy or suspicion, they are all to
do with the fact that he loves you." Gunatilleke's performance is
commendable; he brings out Tissa's character very closely to the text. His
behavioral changes at different stages in the film clearly comes through,
especially when his brother arrives and the final climax when he claims
Polonga. His entire world collapses when Prema runs away without helping him
and giving him the mamoty in order to kill the polonga. The final scene
brings his inner conflict when he confesses to his wife his true emotions.
Mendis's role as Prema is excellent. The little nuances in her character
comes out in a very sensitive manner. Her fear, her enthusiasm, her love is
brought out in a very subtle manner. A refreshing performance. Never does
she over act at any point in the film. Her immediate reaction when seeing
the polonga is natural, obviously dominated by fear. She too feels the
pressure in marrying a man very much older to her but she adapts until she
looses faith in him, and finally she does make it very clear that it is him
who needs to change saying that although the polonga was killed, the actual
polonga is deep inside his heart.
supporting roles too add a lot of colour to the film. The performances of
Irangani Serasinghe and vasanthi Chathurani are brilliant. Even the role of
'Jamis' who provides a sense of humour comes out as that typical walauwa
I liked most in the film was the atmosphere. The garden always being natured
and looked after was very symbolic. The little trip to the temple behind the
background of visitors chanting songs was typical of village life. Mostly
the physical death of the polonga and Jamis burning it in silhouette while
Tissa walks into the house was very poignant.
music added a lot of expression to the movie. The traditional Sinhala
classical music with the blending of the Western when the son comes from
overseas was remarkable.
I wished the story ended like the short story - in ambiguity. The fact that
Prema tells Tissa to change his way of thinking gives a two way end to the story. But the short story reads as
the first time the sense of being a stranger in his world assailed Tissa.
The darkness which followed into the room reminded him that the lamps had
not been lit. Rising from his bed he groped his way with an unsteady step,
into the dinning hall. Out of the growing night, suddenly a koha called, and
his notes cool and clear as spring water, breathlessly ascending, and then,
beginning again. It startled the lonely listeners, like as immaculate
dew-crop which one surprises under a blade of grass, in the dull heat of the
it is a matter for the director. And as thought, the movie was excellent.
Intriguing, and fascinating. What more does anyone expect from two hours of
On The Mississippi
Lakshman de Silva
those interested in literature, who has not read or not known about the
stories, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer and
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.
authors have preferred Artemus than their real names. Artemus Ward,
Petroleum V. Nashby, Josh Billings, Orpheus C. Kerr were the pseudonyms of
some of the famous authors and humourists when Samuel Langhorne Clemens
began to sign himself Mark Twain in 1863.
this time he had become a journalist and humourist. He was living and
working at the time in Virginia City Nevada, and it was not unusual for some
American authors and humourists in the West to write and lecture under a
Twain is a pleasant ordinary - sounding name, but it had a significance
especially for Sam Clemens himself. He had heard the word 'Mark Twain'
called out thousands of times when he was a boy living on the banks of the
great Mississippi river.
the leadsmen on the steamboats sounded the dangers in the river, they used
to cry out loud the depth of the river to the pilot and Mark Twain heard the
reassuring cries. It meant two fathoms, that is, safe water.
river played a great part in his life. He never forgot it, even when he was
living far away, and the adventures of his great book take place along its
shores. All the boys at that time wanted to be river pilots. And an
opportunity came his way when he struck up a friendship with a pilot whose
name was Horace Bixby, who was the owner of a mail boat called Paul Jones.
Bixby agreed to train him and for months Sam learnt this difficult and
has given a graphic and an amusing account of his experience in one of his
great books Life On The Mississippi (1883). In the early 60s a low priced
edition of this highly descriptive and interesting book was available in Sri
Lankan bookshops and was even sold by the pavement booksellers.
learnt to know the river in a way that few men other than pilots ever knew
it, and he made good use of his knowledge when he became a writer. He did
not remain a writer for long, as the civil war between the Northern and
Southern states broke out in 1861. The river was closed to traffic, and one
of the happiest periods of Sam's life came abruptly to an end.
Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missuori, in 1835. A few
years later, his family moved to Hannibal, a neighbouring small town on the
Mississippi. According to Sam, Hannibal was a wonderful place to grow up in.
Sam seems to have remembered every moment of his life as a boy.
remembered his friends and the fun they had together, in the school yard and
down the street and along the river bank. He drew on these memories when he
wrote The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.
was sent to the Sandwich Islands as a newspaper reporter to report on
conditions there. He also travelled as a reporter with one of the first
cruises to the Mediterranean. His descriptions of the American tourists'
adventures in Europe were a great success, and they were collected together
in a book entitled The Innocents Abroad (1869).
he was on board the Quaker City one of the passengers, Charles Langdon,
showed him a miniature of his sister, Olivia. Mark Twain fell deeply in love
with her picture and was determined to marry her and after some difficulty
with her father, a wealthy coal merchant, this he did, in 1870.
his other books are Roughing It (1872), The Celebrated Jumping Trog Of
Calaveras Country 1865. The best known of his later books
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Twain was rich and successful. He adored his wife and daughters. He had many
loyal friends. Towards the end of his life, lying in bed and smoking an
endless succession of cheap cigars be would happily dictate to his secretary
the story of his wonderful life. He died on
April 20,1910, right
after the reappearance of the Halleys Comet, which had last shone in 1835,
the year of his birth.
Kolu? No it's Hello Dolly
at the Wendt!
Dharmasena's brand new rib tickling com-edy Hello Dolly is scheduled to go
on the boards at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on February 21 and again from
27-29 at 7.15 p.m. The 21st show is presented by the Wesley College Parent
a decade ago Indu encouraged by the late Richard de Zoysa, explored the
possibility of writing a play based on Pulitzer award winner, Thornton
Wilder's The Matchmaker, which was made into a great musical Hello Dolly
with none other than Barbra Streisand playing Dolly Levi under Gene Kelly's
inspired direction. The original stage version was produced in Sri Lanka in
the 70s' by the Thomians and the late Richard de Zoysa played Dolly, and for
Indu that was an unforgettable performance. Now on Richard's 14 th death
anniversary, Indu's Sri Lankan version of this great play will be staged and
he dedicates it to one of the greatest dramatist that Sri Lanka produced,
the late Richard de Zoysa himself.
play revolves around Dolly Lovedena, a middle aged widow and professional
matchmarker, who has set her sights on the tight fisted Harendra
Wanawanagadara, a rich businessman from Nawalapitiya. Harendra's niece is
having an affair with Sangeeth who is just a musician. Harendra arranges
Dolly to take Ayesha to Colombo in the hope that she will get him out of her
silly head. Dolly is taken aback when she learns that he's also coming to
Colombo to propose to Mihiri Suralowa. Harendra's Manager, Avanka and his
clerk, Nuwan, who work morning till night and never gets to go anywhere,
decide that they too will go to Colombo without his knowledge to have at
least one day of fun. So leave it to Dolly and you are guaranteed an evening
other than the inimitable Kolu will play Dolly. Harendra is played by Delon
Weerasinghe who himself is an up and coming playwright. Indu plays Avanka
while young Gehan Cooray plays Nuwan. Dolly's capable and efficient
secretary Cindy is played by Angela Seneviratne who needs no introduction.
Catriona Nicholas plays Mihiri. The versatile Krys Soysa plays a cameo role
as Karen who is masquerading as Ernestina Simple. Of the two private
investigators hired by Harendra to keep an eye on Ayesha, Ricky is played by
Yohan Caius Kumaraperuma while Dicky is played by Anushan Selvarajah and
young Muzackir Nadeem, a newcomer to the local stage on alternate nights.
The role of Ayesha will be played by Vraie Balthazaar who is an active
Interactor. Shimmee Shameem and another newcomer Hafza Aroosi will play the
role of Araliya on alternate nights. The restaurant manager, Ruddy is played
by Lasantha Rodrigo while Lakmal Mudalige plays Sangeeth.
So don't miss this hilarious comedy where Indu and his gang of merry people will keep you in fits of laughter. Tickets available at the Lionel Wendt.
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