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 Post subject: Punchi Suranganavi ("Little Angel")
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:41 pm 
Punchi Suranganavi ("Little Angel")
A movie with a great story and released at the right time…


Director: Dissanayake
Cast: Tharaka Hettiarachchi, Sriyantha Mendis,Nithyavani Kandasamy
Music: Rohana Weerasinghe

At a time when after twenty years of a ravaging civil war in Sri Lanka, that left 65000 persons killed and another similar number maimed, just when peace talks are about to begin after a temporary ceasefire, the film "Punchi Suranganavi"(Little Angel)", comes to the silver screen like a soothing gust of wind that sets both adult and children's minds thinking. The film has dual themes, one amply illustrates the need for love for a child to blossom in the ideal manner, and the other of course the necessity for ethnic harmony if life is going to be worth the living.

Sampath (Tharaka Hettiarachchi) is a little Sinhala boy of affluent parents, deserted by his mother for the love of a paramour and because her husband is a lecher. The husband, his father (Sriyantha Mendis) is a martinet that stifles the little boy's mind so much that he develops a speech disability almost making the little boy completely dumb. Sampath gives vent to the rage of revolt burning within him by smashing and breaking the glassware and furniture at home, from time to time. The arrival of a little Tamil girl, Sathya (Nithyavani Kandasamy) as a servant to the household, and his interactions with her so innocently, bring a light into the drab life of the little boy Sampath. They begin to play and learn together and this helps the little boy Sampath to begin to speak in Tamil, the language of his playmate Sathya.

This film thus illustrates that love even of a person belonging to another ethnic group prevents a young person from degenerating into being a psychopath. In the sphere of adult life, this film, which portrays the ethnic riots of Sri Lanka in 1983 so vividly, underlines the theme that wealth and money are useless when ethnic enmity reigns supreme in the human heart.

The music director, Rohana Weerasinghe must be congratulated for the very apt melodies that he fills the background music with. Dissanayake, the Director of this beautiful film must be given a loud Encore, because his film is like a soothing balm that mellows the Sinhala and Tamil people's war torn hearts and is an eye opener for all communalists of both communities to give up their narrow chauvinism and to reap the benefits of living in ethnic harmony and amity.

10 year old Sampath, a Sinhalese Boy, born to a rich family, is mentally disturbed due a to lack of parental love and care from the infancy. His mother walked out of the family home when he was a few years old. He doesn't talk to anyone and lives a solitary life of this own.

He has a habit of smashing and breaking things in the house when he gets disturbed. His father believes that everything can be solved with money. He spends generously on all the comforts and expensive toys for Sampath, but ignores the most important thing, which is parental love and attention for the child.

Sathya, an 8 old Tamil girl, comes to work as a servant in the house. She is the daughter of Velu, the longest serving domestic employee of the family. Sampath is attracted to Sathya's innocent and joyful childish behavior. Gradually they become friends, much to the annoyance of Sampath's racist father. Sampath begins to pick up words from Sathya snd he is soon speaking Tamil. His father wants to break this developing relationship, but the doctor advises against it, saying it's the best treatment for Sampath.

Sampath comes out of his mental disturbance and becomes almost like a normal child. On psychiatric advise he start his schooling at home with private tutors together with Sathya. Sampath's father now sees the positive influence the Tamil girl has on and begins to accept her.

This is 1983, when the worst ethnic clashes occurred in Sri Lanka between the Sinhalese and Tamils. Organized gangs of Sinhalese extremists launched pogrom against the Tamils, destroying their property and killing innocents. Velu and Sathya get caught to the rioters. Velu is killed, but Sathya escapes.

Sathya's mother arrives and decides to take Sathya back to their village, despite the offer made by Sampath's father for them to stay on in the bungalow. After loosing the whole new world he had built up with Sathya, Sampath reverts back to his disturbed state and starts his destructive behavior.

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