Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

Eighteen years ago, Mani Ratnam’s Tamil ant-war movie Kannathil Muthamittal (A Kiss on the Cheek) was launched. It was about a young girl born in a refugee camp at Rameswaram to a female activist Shyama (played by Nandita Das) who leaves the child and go back to Sri Lanka where her other half Dileepan was fatally injured while combating in the extended war for a Tamil homeland. The infant is embraced by a Tamil engineer and writer and poet Thiruchelvan (played by Madhavan) who gets wed to his cherished Indira (Simran) when he is told that the kid can just be entrusted to a couple. The very first time Thiruchelvan sees the child at the orphanage, he thinks of that the infant is searching in the direction of Sri Lanka and sobbing for her mom. The film is based upon a short story Amuthavum Avanum (Amudha and him) by the late writer Sujatha, the pseudonym for the senior Bharat Electronic devices Ltd (BEL) engineer Rangarajan who was part of the team which designed and established India’s electronic ballot makers EVMs.The film

begins when the nine-year-old Amudha (played by Infant Keerthana) is informed the fact that Thiruchelvan and Indira are not her original parents and that her mom Shyama had brought to life her at a refugee camp in Rameswaram and left her and went back to Sri Lanka. Amudha runs away to Rameswaram with the intention of setting out for Sri Lanka to discover her mom. Her foster parents overtake Amudha at Rameswaram and she accepts be with them just if they accompany her to the then war-torn Sri Lanka so that she can fulfill her mom and ask her why she had abandoned her.The motion picture then moves from the tranquil Chennai to the troubled Jaffna in Sri Lanka where her foster moms and dads take the kid and where the engineer in his personality as a writer gives a speech while Amudha actions outside the location simply when a male in a wheelchair turns out to be a suicide-bomber who blows himself up and the policemen around. Amudha is safe, disallowing the shock, and she and her parents continue the look for the unknown Shyama. They are informed that there is a Shyama from the town Mankulam and they are taken there by their Sinhalese escort Dr Herald Vikramasinghe (played By Prakash Raj). It ends up that the town is in a warzone from which everybody is getting away. They take haven that night with a Christian priest. The next morning, Thiruchelvan and Vikramasinghe get out of the village for a walk when they are unexpectedly captured by a Tamil militant group’s patrol celebration whose leader Pasupathy wishes to shoot the Sinhalese escort on the spot. Thiruchelvan encourages them not to do so and tells them that he has actually concerned Sri Lanka to discover a female called Shyama whose kid he had actually embraced. The patrol celebration leader asks to come at 4 in the afternoon to a nearby park. It turns out that he is Shyama’s brother, something he does not inform them.

When Thiruchelvan, his spouse and the child reach the park prior to the scheduled time, there is an uneasy calm. When the couple of people in the park unexpectedly begin leaving, the escort informs them it is not safe to stay there. The kid insists and they wait when unexpectedly the shooting starts. Indira sustains a minor injury in the shoulder and the kid and the household are able to get away in their lorry. The next day, on the drive from Mankulam to the airport, the kid encourages them to gamble and go back to the park for one last time. They wait for some time and are about to leave when Shyama and her bro show up. Indira speaks to Shyama who admits that she is Amudha’s mother but otherwise appears unmoved. Indira then asks Shyama whether she wouldn’t like to kiss the kid whom she had never held in her arms after leaving her behind in the Rameswaram refugee camp. Shyama breaks down and hugs the kid and tells her that it is not that she does not love her however that she has a responsibility which she can only meet by remaining where she is. Amudha begins weeping and asks Shyama to return with them to Chennai where there is no war and where there is a beach where they can play together. Shyama convinces Amudha to leave and promises her that they will be together one day when the war ends and there is peace.The war is seen through the eyes of the nine-year-old Amudha who just can not comprehend the inhumanity of the adult world. The music for the film is composed by A R Rahman and the lyrics by Vairamuthu, with tunes like Oru Deivam Thantha Poove, meaning A Flower given by God.Today, when the

war is over and there is a raging controversy over whether the actor Vijay Sethupathy must play the function of the cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan who represented Sri Lanka and was the very first and only bowler in Test cricket to take 800 wickets, I remember Mani Ratnam’s 2002 anti-war film Kannathil Muthamittal. The motion picture was never ever dubbed in Hindi for a bigger audience like Mani Rathnam’s other movies, Roja and Bombay, were.Cricket, whether live or in the form of a biopic to commemorate the accomplishment of the very first and just bowler to take 800 wickets, can not be seen in isolation. Part of me keeps in mind the time just a couple of years earlier in the summer season of 2016 when there was a drought in rural Maharashtra and when activists stated that it was ethically indefensible to keep squandering gallons of water to prepare pitches for the IPL competition when kids and their households did not have water to consume in the drought-hit villages.Part of me likewise keeps in mind the genocide committed by the state during the last months

of the war in Sri Lanka in the summer season of 2009, That genocide has actually been documented by not just Amnesty however the British TV Channel 4 which released a documentary in the year 2011 titled “Tjhe Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, revealing amateur footage taped by soldiers and civilians of MBR( multi-barrel-rocket) fire and fury being rained down on thousands of innocent individuals in a very narrow coastal enclave in north-eastern Sri Lanka to a degree where even medical facilities were being demolised.Granted, there were reports of civilians being utilized as a human guard in the dreadful finale of the war in Sri Lanka. Granted, the LTTE will constantly be remembered and condemned for utilizing suicide-bombers to perpetrate assassinations of politicians and innocent civilians not just in Sri Lanka however in India like the May 21, 1991, attack at Sriperumbudur on the former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.The disaster of Sri Lanka is that there has actually been no real Reality and Reconciliation Commission of the kind we saw in South Africa to examine acts of state horror like the kicking to death in a midnight Port Elizabeth jail-cell of the young anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko by racist cops in September 1977. Cricket has actually at times been defined as a gladiator sport but it can never ever be isolated from the larger context. Even specific achievements like Muralitharan’s 800 Test wickets can never ever be isolated from the bigger context of the disaster in Sri Lanka

. As the historian Tacitus wrote in the very first century ADVERTISEMENT while pricing quote a Scottish chieftain who resisted the attack of the relatively invincible Roman armies,” They make a desert and they call it peace.””What do they understand of cricket who just cricket know?” was the inquiry postured by the Trinidadian Marxist intellectual C L R James in his book”Beyond A Border”, published in 1963. DISCLAIMER: Views expressed above are the author’s own. Source

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