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Aloko Udapadi (2017)

Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage. In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sinhala kingdom (present day Sri... See full summary »

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Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage. In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sinhala kingdom (present day Sri lanka), was troubled by power-hungry forces from within and from outside, which compelled him to abandon throne and flee with a hope of returning back to power. A severe drought and a subsequent famine assailed the land for twelve unbroken years. Buddhist Monks who perpetuated Lord Buddha's word by oral tradition, could not survive the harsh conditions. The monks were troubled both by the enemy and the famine. In these dark days, the loyal subjects protected their King. Enemy leaders killed each other for power and wealth. Well armed, the King dealt a deadly blow and regained the rule and brought back the freedom the natives lost. In peace and prosperity, the monks facing the challenge wrote down the oral tradition. The Buddha's compassionate teaching became an irreducible component of the whole of...

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The next level of Sri Lankan cinema. But that's all it is!
7 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand the reviewers here glorifying this as the best Sinhala movie ever. Don't get me wrong. This is a good movie but definitely not the best Sinhala movie. Aloko Udapadi marks a milestone in Sri Lankan cinema. It is ahead of any Sri Lankan movie ever created in terms of technology. Hats off to Chatra Weeraman for stepping up.

The movie has good camera-work and decent music. It gives the chills to any Sri Lankan who is watching it.As I mentioned before the technology used is next level for Sri Lankan cinema. The acting is decent. Uddika Premaratne does a good job with the screen time he is given and the supporting cast is also good. The action could have been better in terms of choreography but is still good. The plus points stop there.

The story is very bad. There is no real plot development or depth. The movie just takes some scenes from the history books and join them together. There is no flow from one scene to another and the viewer isn't really made aware of how the story leads to each scene. The power struggle between the antagonists are highlighted in the movie but isn't shown in depth and isn't believable. The characters are not developed well. They just do things the plot wants to do without any backstory or development. The main character should and could have been shown in depth. The movie is definitely inspired from Game of Thrones. It tries to be a historical character drama of power struggle and fails in that aspect. It tries not glorifying the main character and fails in adding depth to the characters. It tries all the right things and fails in some of the most important areas.

In summary Aloko Udapadi is definitely a good movie and marks the next level in Sri Lankan cinema. But the movie lacks a good story and character depth among other things. Next movies should improve on what Aloko Udapadi has done right and learn from it's mistakes.

Finally I should say that this movie doesn't deserve a 9.9. For all the Sri Lankans out there trying to glorify this as the perfect movie, I ask you not to be satisfied with this. Give a score this movie deserves so that the makers will improve on it in the next projects. This shouldn't be the peak of Sri Lankan cinema.


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