Adara Meena - a production that ends in smoke!
An empty bag cannot stand upright. There is no honey without a sting.
A well is not filled with dew. Many a good sword is in a bad sheath.
All these proverbs and idioms like to beat the air, to end in smoke
and to flog a dead horse are appropriate to explain the main features of
the new film Adara Meena. The theme and the plot are weak. The story is
just an unbelievable concoction of unintegrated events.
A scene from Adara Meena
Where is the social environment related context in this so called
creative cinematic production?
In its narrative a Tamil pretty young girl escapes the brutal attacks
of some terrorists in Jaffna; finds her way to the South (Colombo) and
by her good luck becomes the adopted daughter of a kind and wealthy
Sinhala couple. She becomes a lady doctor; gets involved in a love
affair with a Sinhala youth from an aristocratic family. There is also
belicose, blackmailing over spilt milk.
The director and producer of this film have had the best human
resources, for making this film a remarkably context sensitive film.
Douglas Ransinghe, Geeta Kanthi Jayakody, Baptist Fernando, Sriyani
Amarasena and Roshan Pilapitiya could have contributed their innate
talents. Then what about Cletus Mendis, who plays the role of a
cardboard fighter most of the time.
The producer and the director must eschew whatever is said bad about
this film. It is a bad practice to tamper with hard earned financial
resources and waste energy on superfine technology alone, merely to
appease the green horns.
Jokes, dances, songs and unexpected unbelievable events constitute
the entire body of this film. These were the conventional elements which
have been reinforced by extraordinary feats of superman fights of the
hero and even the heroine against the villians.
And finally the hidden identities are revealed, ideological
differences are settled, all physical and ideological hurdles are
overcome and the lovers rejoin and rejoice. Still, this stereotype
formula in film making seems to mesmerise the film makers.
What is the effect of this film upon the general audience? Is it able
to raise noble emotions in them? What has been the objective of the film
Has there been a revelation of a noble truth? Unfortunately a critic
would not find a vision or imaginative use of cinematic language in
Adara Meena. Even the talents of the veteran and promising actors have
been drowned in the vale of missed opportunities.......