Sikuru Hathe: A magnificent comedy
CINEMA: Sikuru Hathe is undoubtedly one of the best ever
comedies made in the history of Sinhala cinema spanning for over six
decades. It is the maiden cinematic creation of Giriraj Kaushalya who
has already made his mark in the small-screen. And, he conquers the wide
screen with a bang.
ROMANCE: A scene from Sikuru Hathe
The story is woven around a marriage broker who is an unprofessional
personality and a very familiar figure in the Sri Lankan society. He is
known for his tricks, deceptions and frustrations, the characteristics
which highlight the adventures of a marriage broken.
Sikuru Hathe holds the audience attention from its very first frame
to the last. While watching the Venus in the Seventh House, the viewers
laugh through to the Seventh Heaven with a barrage of events throwing up
Sea of laughter
Cleverly plotted intricately scripted intimately and pleasantly
presented Sikuru Hathe, moves through a sea of laughter. It gives the
audience cheerful storyline progressing into an a series of events
leading to a joyful end.
We have already witnessed Giriraj's talent as a comedy writer in his
tele-plays such as Ethuma and Nana Kamare. Sikuru Hathe puts then in the
shade with its fun and frolics.
Comedy is instant pleasure and it effortlessly revives one's
sensitivity and relieves his mental and emotional burdens with
light-hearted entertainments spurred spontaneously. It moves from witty
dialogues delivered in uninterrupted rapidity to keep the fun alive
leaving no room for its spirit to evaporate.
Beneath the convivial and friendly laughter it generates on the
surface it communicates the travails of a father who is woefully
struggling to give his daughter in marriage. Ironically he is a marriage
brokes, who always tries to get two parties to agree on a lifetime
partnership. However, when brokered marriages the parties concerned
pursue him to teach a good lesson.
The sub-text of the script somewhat different. It is a tale of a man
with an unsteady income doing a thankless job. His clients are never
grateful to him. His profession has a social stigma. The marriage broker
finds himself in an embarrassing situation when his daughter
accidentally meets her life partner.
The film exposes the social weaknesses such as total dependence on
brokers and horoscopes to find the best possible partner. The one who
suffers most in this process is the marriage broker and Sikuru Hathe
highlights this aspect.
Scenes in the film are evenly arranged and are interspersed with
heavily loaded punches of fun to stimulate hilarity while maintaining an
ethical balance that suits any family audience.
For instance, in one scene the marriage broker and the westernised
girl hide themselves when they see her husband-to-be who hates western
form of dress. She quite seriously and sternly asks the marriage broker
whether he is wearing an under-wear. To which he responds with a shy and
When the question is repeated, his reaction remains the same. Soon
after the audience is made to realize that she is wearing his sarong to
cover herself from being seen by him! So abrupt is the twist that it
jolts the viewer.
For Mangala nothing matters other than arranged marriages based on
the horoscope and social status. Ironically in contrast to what he had
been practising it was not what he arranged that brought success, but
one's destiny and merit that brought a successful marriage into being.
His own daughter was the best example. Intervention of the broker is
only a step in the direction of getting two parties to meet each other
before the knot was tied marking the beginning of conjugal life.
The inherent timidity of a marriage broker is skilfully brought to
life by Vijaya Nandasiri. Equally well is the talented Anarkali Akarsha
who is cast in role of the sophisticated girl.
Sikuru Hathe is full of entertainment for the entire family. It gives
the rare opportunity for the filmgoer to cherish the real taste of a
comedy that is based on characters we meet in our daily life.