Director Uberto Pasolini, whose debut piece Machan was a sort of neorealistic comedy, is well known around the world as a producer of TheFull Monty(1997), a hit movie with international success. In focusing on the process by which men in a financial crisis attempt to overcome the situation through somewhat absurd ideas, Machan and The Full Monty are not very dissimilar. Here, young men in a Sri Lankan slum make a fake handball team in order to earn visas to go to Europe, which is as absurd an idea as Sheffield’s steel workers doing strip shows as a way to overcome unemployment (because there is no handball team in Sri Lanka.) It is a brilliant work with adequate mixture of realism, based on the society’s cold stare, and popular genre of the Indian peninsula. Renowned director Prasanna Vithanage participates as a producer. With Discovery: Sri Lankan Cinemaof this year’s JIFF, the closing piece Machanwill provide us with a great opportunity to become introduced to the Sri Lankan culture and reality that is unknown to us.
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