Comment: Bora Diya Pokuna: Scent of the Lotus Pond

by Nanda Pethiyagoda

Goodness! After seeing the film Bora Diya Pokuna which impressed me mightily, I wondered how it silently crept into the cinema circuit to be screened at the Regal. The man at the counter when I telephoned him about show times was less than enthusiastic: "only at 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m." indicating also that it may not be screened for long. I don’t know about you, but I was unaware of such a cinematic success being screened in Colombo until a friend told me about it. So catch it before it disappears, if you have not seen it already.

Cold storage for long

Accessing Internet I find the film was completed in the early 2000s and was screened abroad, especially in Australia. It won the Special Prize for Best Fiction Film at the Honolulu International Film Festival in 2006 and was nominated for the Tiger Award for Most Promising New Director in 2008 at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands. In 2004 the film was selected by the Smithsonian Institute as one of six ‘discoveries’ of the most exciting and entertaining original films of South Asia.

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