Monday, December 21, 2015

Boys In Films

Jagat, The Malaysian made Tamil movie has been gaining rave reviews. In today sun newspaper we mention about Jagat and picked 12 other movies where boys are central characters.  Here is the full movie   

Headline: From Boys To Men 
By Bissme S 

The process  by which a boy slowly becomes a man can be a difficult and confusing one. What more, if the boy in question grows up in an environment that is less than ideal. Director Shanjhey Kumar Perumal’s movie Jagat (right) tells the story of 12- year-old Appoy (Harvin Raj) and his relationship with his father, Maniam (Kuben Mahadevan), and his two uncles – former drug addict Bala(Senthil Kumaran Muniandy) and local gangster Mexico (Jibrail Rajhula).
The movie bravely tackles the subject of gangsterism among the Indian community in a realistic manner. Lead actor Harvin gives a convincing portrayal of a boy trying to make sense of his life in this film which is currently showing in cinemas. 
We look at another 12 movies which centre on a boy on the cusp of manhood.

1) Raden Mas Kesuma in Kaki Bakar (2001)

Under the direction of U-Wei Saari, this Malaysian film centres Ngasri) who admires and fears his father, Kakang (Khalid Salleh).Their stormy relationship ends with one of them killed.

2) Mukshin in Mukhsin (2006)

The late Malaysian filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad gives us this sweet tale of puppy love between 12-year-old Mukhsin (Mohd Syafie Naswip) and 10-year-old Orked (Sharifah Aryana) which is guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes and a warmth to your heart.

3) Renato Amoroso in Malena (2000)

A beautiful older woman, Malèna Scordia (Monica Bellucci), stirs up sensual awakenings in 13-year-old Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro). This Italian film, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, beautifully captures the feelings of teenage love and lust.

4) Periya Kaaka Muttai and Chinna Kaaka Muttai in Kakka Muttai (2014)

Two siblings, Periya (J. Vignesh) and Chinna (V. Ramesh) from the slums of Chennai in India set out to get a taste of pizza after seeing an advertisement on it. This film went on to win the 2015 Indian National Film Awards for best children’s film and best child artiste for the two youngsters.

5) Shuya Watanabe and Naoki Shimomura in Confessions (2010)

Teacher Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu) exacts revenge on two of her students, Shuya (Yukito Nishii) and Naoki (Kaoru Fujiwara), who have killed her young  daughter.

6) Ali in Children of Heaven (1997)

Ali (Amir Farrokh Hashemian) accidentally loses his sister Zahra ( Bahare Seddiqi)’s shoes. Scared to tell his struggling parents, he goes on a series of adventure in order to find the shoes or get her a new pair. This Iranian movie, directed by Majid Majidi, was nominated for best foreign language film at the 1998 Academy Awards.

7) Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot (2000)

This British dance drama, directed by Stephen Daldry, centres on 11-year-old  Billy (Jamie Bell) who faces stiff objections from his coal miner father for wanting to become a ballet dancer.

8) Sidi in Punggok Rindukan Bulan (2008)

Sidi (Saeful Nazhif Satria) has to learn to cope without his mother after she abandons him. This local film is known for being shot without any music.

9) Angelo in In a Glass Cage (1986)

This disturbing Spanish film by Agusti Villaronga centres on young Angelo (David Sust) who is hired by the wife of a paralyzed man to look after him. Unknown to her, Angleo was a victim of her husband, a former child abuser. 
Now, Angelo plans to exact his revenge, in the cruellest way.

10) Mason Evans Jr in Boyhood (2014)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, director Richard Linklater tells the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six-year-old boy to an 18- year-old. The film won Golden Globes for best picture and director and a Golden Globe as well as an Oscar for best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette as the mother.

11) Owen in Let Me In (2010)

This dark horror Hollywood movie, directed by Matt Reeves, is a remake of Swedish movie Let the Right One In. It is about lonely, bullied 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends young Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) and later discovers that she is a vampire.

12) Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi in Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Eight-year-old Ishaan (Darsheel Safary) dislikes school, and he is
constantly being scolded by his father for his poor grades. Bullied
by other students, life seems a dreary place, until a new art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh(Aamir Khan who also directs) enters his life and opens up a colourful new world to him.

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