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A group of sad slum residents, living on the limits of society under immense pressure, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria.


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Dharmapriya Dias ... Stanley
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Dharshan Dharmaraj ... Suresh
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Sujeewa Priyalal ... Piyal
Dayadewa Edirisinghe ... Naseem
Mahendra Perera ... Ruan
Pitchchei Selvaraj ... Nesa
Kumara Thirimadura ... Oaf
Pubudu Chathuranga ... Spoilt Son
S. Selvsekaran ... Father
Pradeepan Puwabalasingham ... AJ
Sarath Karunaratne ... PK
Mangala Pradeep Kumara ... VD
Saumya Liyanage ... Angry Foreigner


A group of desperate slum dwellers, living on the margins of society under impossible pressures, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria to be the answer to their prayers, a one way ticket to the West and the wealth that will solve all their problems. Written by Anonymous

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12 September 2008 (Italy)  »

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€5,000,000 (estimated)
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Machan means 'brother-in-law' in Tamil language. It may also mean 'friend' in both Sinhala and Tamil slang. See more »

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Authentic story telling of a truly Sri Lankan tale - Vindana Ariyawansa
6 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Mi chum is Machan.

While Ulberto was shooting the movie in Sri Lanka, the most frequently spoken word that got his attention was "Machan". A common word used among Sri Lankan males when they talk to each other. As a result the director at the end decided to name the movie after it.

As the title suggests it is a bond between friends, not limiting to the youth, all types of age groups come together to achieve a common goal. That goal is somehow reaching a developed country for a better life.

Few years ago,Uberto Passolini read a news article featuring a story about a Sri Lankan handball team who traveled to Australia for an international tournament. There was a surprise in that story and based on the actual events he decided to make a movie on those events.

The story of the handball team appeared to be a very calculated and smart effort to illegally migrate into a foreign land. Inspired by that Uberto visited Sri Lanka with the intention of finding a writer and a producer to bring that story into life on silver screen.

It was a successful effort and the end result turned out to be a very good original movie.

The story can be quite universal to the youths looking for a better life in most under developed countries. Even though the movie passes itself to be reckoned as a comedy, it is no short of drama. The difference is those actual events have not been dramatized and it has given the movie such a realistic feeling that the audience can sit through relating themselves to the situations portrayed in the movie. I believe the genius of the director in balancing the story and drama is the best quality attributed to the success of this movie. The other main aspect is the casting. The choices are superb. The actors can not be more authentic. The convincing nature of the acting talents has been the highlight throughout the movie. The audience will embrace them, cause they are the closest thing to your own family and friends you rarely get to watch on Sri Lankan made movies. Not to mention the movie is filled with social clichés as well. I believe even though it is a hard core indie movie, those clichés deviate the movies' path from conventional indie style to Hollywood low budget nature. Apart from that the overall performance of the movie can be applauded and to me it was the most pleasurable Sinhala movie experience of my lifetime.

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