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Widespread damage after huge explosion in Beirut - BBC News
Not the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, but volcanic enough.
  • "Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon" = 911 primes
  • "Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon" = 119 reduced ( ie. 9/11 @ 11/9 )
  • ... ( "The Mirror" = 119 reverse alphabetic )
  • "Explosion" = 1109 trigonal
  • ... "The Pattern" = 1109 trigonal
  • ... .. .. ( "Pattern" = "Terror" = 94 alphabetic | 120 bacon | 187 baconis )
  • .
  • ... "The Pattern" = 1109 trigonal
  • ... .. ( "The Vision" = 1019 trigonal )
  • ... .. .. ( "Eye" = 119 primes ) [ "Malice" = 119 primes ]
  • "Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon" = 911 primes
  • ... ( "To Shake the Earth" = 911 english-extended )
  • ... .. ( "The Absolute" = 911 english-extended | 1109 trigonal )
  • "The Terror" = 1,119 trigonal ( "To Learn by Example" = 1,119 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... ( "Daily news is always disturbing" = 119 in reduction )
  • ... .. ( "Master Plan" = 119 basic alphabetic )
It's a ...
  • "Formality" = 119 basic alphabetic | 47 reduced
  • ... "Orthodox" = 119 basic alphabetic | 47 reduced
  • ... "Foundation" = 119 basic alphabetic | 47 reduced
  • "Force" = 47 alphabetic ( "Authority" = 47 reduced )
The explosion created a great blast...
  • "Winds" = "Air Force" = "The Law" = 223 primes
  • ... ( "Beginning" = "Chapter 1" = 223 primes )
  • "Fireball" = "Anthem" = "The Man" = 187 primes
  • ...( "The Grand Framework" = 187 basic alphabetic )
Fire Ball Fire Baal Fire Lord
  • "A Lord of Fire" = 322 primes
  • ... ( "Dragonfire" = 322 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "Burn" = "It is Heat" = 322 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. .. ( "The Alphabetic" = "Full Name" = 322 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • .
  • "A Lord of Fire" = 322 primes
  • ... ( "Counting" = "To Know" = "The Proof" = 322 primes )
  • ... ( "Lord of a Fire" = "Nine One One" = "One One Nine" = 322 primes )
Pi code, of the circle:
  • "Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon" = 1,227 jewish-latin-agrippa
There are 360 degrees in a circle.
  • "Lord of Fire" = 360 english-extended
The speed of sound ( Mach 1 ) is 1234.8 km/h at standard atmosphere ( which rounds to 1235 )
  • "The City of Beirut, Lebanon" = 1235 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and reflecting the 119 pattern:
  • "The City of Beirut, Lebanon" = 1019 in the so-called satanic cipher
... which is the cipher in which the phrase...
  • "When Disaster Strikes" = 911 satanic
What did the explosion create?
  • "The Mushroom Cloud" = 666 primes
... noting, as documented previously...
  • "The Mushroom" = 911 english-extended
  • ... ( "To Shake the Earth" = 911 english-extended )
  • ... ( "To Shake the Heart" = 911 english-extended )
I've recently been examining the notions surrounding the 'Language of Branches'.
Lebanon is known for it's great cedar trees, the 'Cedars of God'.
And I've been reading through The Lord of the Rings again, for the 5th or 6th time, and I just recently got through the chapters between Aragorns march through Lebennin, and onwards to Minas Tirith.
The Beirut explosion centered on the main sea-port of the city (ie. the harbour).
Here is the main port of Tolkien's Lebennin (an abstract Beirut, we might say, in this mythic association):
"At Pelargir the Heir of Isildur will have need of you."
[..] It became an even greater haven in the days of the Ship-kings. Tarannon Falastur built a great house there, with its roots in the water which he so dearly loved. His wife, Berúthiel, did not, however.
In the book, LotTR, we learn of the wizard Gandalf and his penchant for fireworks.
There is much debate online about 'fireworks' being involved in this Beirut explosion
  • "A Firework" = "Work a Fire" = 1,666 squares
  • ...( "Ritual Code" = 1,666 squares )
The Great Fire of London was in the year 1666 AD, we are told.
  • "The Great Fire of London" = "Temperature" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa
When was that Great Fire, again?
  • "Know the Great Fire of London" = 1666 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "Citizen" = "Temperature" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa )
With the definite article:
  • "The Fireworks" = 1,343 jewish-latin-agrippa
The speed of sound is 343 meters-per-second at standard atmosphere ( Mach 1 )
The sound of the fireworks reaches your ears at this speed, as does any nearby...
  • "Human Voice" = 343 primes ( noting 7x7x7 = 343 )
A term used in older writings, and less so today, for a great shout, is an...
  • "Ejaculation" = 343 primes ( ponder the esoteric maxim: as above, so below)
A commanding human voice, and the wielding of fireworks, evokes, and requires...
  • "Control" = 343 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and since, in this cipher, the word 'Know' sums to 1000, we have:
  • "Know Control" = 1,343 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • "The Fireworks" = 1,343 jewish-latin-agrippa
Q: What of the fireworks?
"A: The Fireworks" = 1337 trigonal ( "The Bringer of Light" = 1337 trigonal )
Some select entries on my page for 1337:
  • "To Control Man" = 1337 trigonal
  • "Explosion of Society" = 1337 jewish-latin-agrippa
...as well as...
  • "Legal Battle" = 1337 squares
Of which, according to the news, this Beirut blast comes at a time when a UN-backed panel is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Of course, fireworks are let off at many a...
  • "Grand Celebration" = 2020 squares
  • ... ( "Rulership" = 2020 squares )
  • .... ( "Coronavirus Religion" = 2020 trigonal )
  • ... .. .. [ ie. Crown Virus @ Ruling Virus @ Royal Virus ]
Widespread damage after huge explosion in Beirut
According to wikipedia (bolding as they have it):
Two explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, kill at least seventy people and injure more than four thousand others.
  • "Two explosions" = 1,844 english-extended
The King James Bible was first published in the year 1611, and I've been tracking this number in terms of...
  • "The Coronavirus Origin" = 1611 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and the associated ...
  • "Coronavirus Death Toll" = 1611 jewish-latin-agrippa
Now, we see again that there are always at least Two Towers:
  • "To Explode Twice" = 1611 jewish-latin-agrippa
The event happened in the port.
  • "Port" = 232 primes
  • ... ( "Scary" = "Number" = "Panic Mode" = "Bullet" = 232 primes )
With definite article ( consider a 'port' an 'interface', a 'way in'):
  • "The Port" = "The Number" = 333 primes
  • ... ( "Unspeakable" = 333 primes )
...and ...
  • "The Number' = "A Great Shock" = 333 primes
  • ... ( "The Religion" = "The Temple" = 333 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • "A Great Shock" = "Perfection" = 844 trigonal
  • ... ( "Huge Explosion" = 844 jewish-latin-agrippa )
No doubt the people nearby felt totally "Defenseless" = 844 trigonal
Remembering that the golden ratio, accurate to three decimal places, is 1.618...
...and it's inverse is 0.618...
... and 1.618 is one 618.
... .. and the numerological Rule of Colel is the allowance of off-by-one ( useful to hide the obvious ):
  • "Textbook" = 617 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... "A Textbook" = 618 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... "1 Textbook" = 618 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • .
  • "Recommendation" = 617 english-extended
  • ..."A Recommendation" = 618 english-extended
  • ..."1 Recommendation" = 618 english-extended
  • .
  • "The Official Narrative" = 617 primes
  • ... ( "The 1 Official Narrative" = 618 primes )
...and since the word "Know" = 1000 jewish-latin-agrippa ... we can gain the full golden ratio as so:
  • "Know a Textbook" = 1,618 jewish-latin-agrippa ( which one, do you think? )
That said,
  • "The Port Explosion" = 1,617 english-extended
Q: what happened?
"A: The Port Explosion" = 1,618 english-extended
What is the original explosion?
  • "The Orgasm" = "Symbolic" = 1,618 squares
No doubt it reshaped the local...
  • "Geography" = 1,618 squares | 618 jewish-latin-agrippa
With american spelling:
  • "Beirut Harbor" = 617 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "The Port Explosion" = 1,617 english-extended )
  • ... .. ( "The Official Narrative" = 617 primes )
Port @ Trop - Trope - Pattern or Theme
Port @ Trop Trophe Trough Trophy
With apologies, I recently was prompted by headlines to examine the number of the notion of the...
  • "Trophy Wife" = 1,618 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ...( "The Goddess Venus" = 1,618 trigonal )
  • "The Explosion" = 737 jewish-latin-agrippa
It is being reported as an "Accident" = 737 squares
In other words ...
  • "The Premature Orgasm" = 223 basic alphabetic
  • ... ( "Coronavirus Novel" = 223 basic alphabetic )
  • ... ( "Novel Coronavirus" = 223 basic alphabetic )
... and in terms of there being two explosions in Beirut:
  • "Double Orgasm" = 1984 squares
  • ... ( "Coronavirus Novel" = 1984 trigonal )
The off-by-one rule ( the Rule of Colel), discussed above, is hinted at in the formal specification of...
City, Country
... which usually has a comma placed between the elements, and which we might view as marking a hidden '1'.
Let us take it into account by using the Q&A format, where 'A' = '1':
Q: Where was the disaster?
"A: Beirut, Lebanon" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
... which reflects numbers like:
  • "Act of Terror" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... "Crunch" = 555 trigonal
  • "Earthquake Sound" = 1,555 trigonal
For those that enjoy chaos, such scenes are:
  • "Entertainment" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
The date is 8/4, or 4/8 ( "Ring" = 48 basic alphabetic ) [ the explosion makes one in the sky ]
  • "Novel Coronavirus" = 1984 trigonal | 223 basic alphabet
  • .... "Pattern Recognition" = 223 basic alphabetic ( "The Law" = 223 primes )
B.B.C 2.2.3 - "The Scale" = 223 primes
Scale Magnitude
  • "Magnitude" = "Pattern" = 616 english-extended
  • ... ( "Number" = "The Law" = 616 trigonal )
  • ... .. ( "The Powerful Force" = 616 primes )
  • ... .. ( "The Declaration of War" = 616 primes )
The number 616 is perhaps the original Biblical 'number of the beast', since the oldest papyrus copy of the pertinent segment of the book of Revelation quotes 616 instead of 666.
  • "The Final Discovery" = 616 primes ( "Number" = 616 trigonal )
  • ... ( "Find the Code of Numbers" = 616 primes )
  • ... .. ... ( "The Art of Writing" = 616 primes )
  • ... .. ... ( "The Key Principles" = 616 primes )
  • ... .. ... ( "To Learn by Example" = 616 primes )
A recent addition to my page on 616 is "Gunfire" = 616 trigonal
What was it's magnitude, or it's scale?
Widespread damage after huge explosion in Beirut
It was huge:
  • "Huge explosion in Beirut" = 845 primes
... which is 844 + 1 (ie. Rule of Colel )
August 4 is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.
This year, 2020, is a leap year, but due to the Rule of Colel, even though it is the 217th day of the year, the baseline of 216 is still relevant, and might still be regarded as canonical.
We note that 216 is 6x6x6.
Of 217 - 2.17 2.17 to.17 to "kill" = 17 in reduction
  • "Numerology" = 474 primes ( "The Illuminati" = 474 primes )
When waiting in line, ensure that you stand...
  • "Six Feet Apart" = 474 primes
... in case you get infected with a fake virus.
The numerology of the Alphabet Code as Matrix Code:
  • "Matrix Code" = 969 trigonal ( "Business" = 969 trigonal )
  • .. ( "Huge explosion in Beirut" = 1,969 english-extended )
  • ... .. ( "Learn by Example" = 969 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • "Numerology" = 474 primes ( "Great Terror" = 474 primes )
  • ... ( "Beirut port" = 474 primes )
  • ... ( "Beirut harbour explosion" = 4747 squares ) [ combining 474 and 747 ]
With a magic ...
  • "Wand" = 742 squares
... decimate the ...
  • "Port of Beirut" = 742 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and we see also that...
  • "A port of Beirut" = 2,742 squares
Noting that 742 is a reverse 24/7 time code...
  • "The Time" = "One Time" = 247 primes ( "The Riddle" = "Brutal" = 247 primes )
Wikipedia tells us there is a 'harvest' component to this event...
The explosion occurred near the grain elevator on the right [of the image].
  • "The Grain" = 247 primes ( a spell I documented within the last few months )
  • "The Grain Elevator" = 1,474 trigonal
  • .... ( "Numerology" = 474 primes )
ie. the alphanumeric code of Agriculture
  • "The Grain Elevator" = 1,161 english-extended
  • ... ( "Undercurrent" = 161 basic alphabetic )
Alphanumeric code of Agriculture?
... ( wordplay: Agree Culture @ A Greek Culture? )
The word 'Grain' is built on the GRN cosonanantal root, which I examined very recently in terms of the Green Language (ie. the Language of the Birds, the secret esoteric language )
The word 'Groin' is also constructed on the same root ( ie. sexual innuendo involved - fertility rites of the fields, and such-like )
And of course... this is the time of the Coronavirus...
Corona @ Crown @ CRN / GRN Corn / Grain / Kernel Agriculture
When describing the use of explosive mechanisms in The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien uses the term....
  • "Blasting Fire" = 369 jewish-latin-agrippa
In terms of the different superlatives used by the press to describe this explosive event:
Huge Colossal ( ie. some news reports use 'colossal' to describe the explosion )
  • "A Colossal Explosion" = 1,369 english-extended
  • "1 Colossal Explosion" = 1,369 english-extended
  • ... ( "Humanity" = "initiation" = "The Alphabet Code" = 369 primes )
So we have ...
  • "Matrix Code" = 969 trigonal ( "Wedding" = 969 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • "The Alphabet Code" = 369 primes
The only spell I know that combines these two key numbers in the same ciphers is...
  • "Mind Power" = 369 primes | 969 trigonal
Without the article (ie. enabling off-by-one) :
  • "Colossal Explosion" = 1,368 english-extended
  • ... ( "New Normal" = "The Compliance" = 368 primes )
  • ... .. ( "The Medical Mask" = "A Prisoner" = 368 primes )
  • ... .. .. ( "To break them" = 368 primes )
  • .
  • "Colossal Explosion" = 1,368 english-extended
  • ... ( "The Initiate" = 368 primes )
  • ... .. ( "illuminated" = 368 primes )
  • ... .. .. ( "The Ritual" = 368 primes )
Again, add 'A' or '1' to any of these to get Nikola Tesla's 'magnificent numbers', 3, 6 and 9.
  • "Learn the way of The Force" = 1968 trigonal
  • ... ( "The Storm" = 1968 squares )
In 1968, the number 911 was made emergency dialing code, and the WTC Twin Towers began construction, and the term 'Coronavirus' was first coined.
Huge Massive ( ie. Mass of Eve )
  • "Massive Explosion" = 777 in the 'satanic cipher'
  • ... ( "Numeric Ritual" = 777 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... ( "Great Pyramid" = 777 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( ie. great fire amid )
  • "Massive Explosion" = 707 primes (ie. magnified 77 with central portal )
  • ... ( "Power" = "Glory" = "Regency" = 77 basic alphabetic )
  • ... .. ( "Alphabetic" = 77 basic alphabetic )
... noting: "The Glory" = 360 primes ( ie. 360 degrees in a circle; a ring )
At this time of coronavirus lockdowns we are all partaking of an ...
  • "Isolation" = "In Prison" = 360 primes ( ie. encircled )
... which, I argue is under the Aegis of a "Fake Virus" = 360 primes
... .. but that is not the topic of this post ( except that all themes are tributary to the greater glory )
Nonetheless, safety in numbers, they say, for divided we fall, and alone, one is...
  • "Defenseless" = 360 jewish-latin-agrippa
This is one of the interpretations of the Fasces:
The symbolism of the fasces suggests strength through unity; a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is very difficult to break.
The headline again:
Widespread damage after huge explosion in Beirut - BBC News
  • "Widespread damage after huge explosion" = 1100 primes
  • ... ( "The Glory" = 1100 english-extended )
ie. Eleven is known in numerology as the 'Master Number' ( and ponder: Glory @ Gallery )
Revelation 11, first verse:
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
And the 11th verse of Revelation 1:
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
  • "Widespread damage after huge explosion" = 166 reduced
  • ...( "Decryption Key" = 1,166 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • .
  • "Widespread damage after huge explosion" = 2,242 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "The Garden" = 242 primes )
I wander if there was any "Prophecy" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa ... aka.
  • "Predictive Programming" = 242 basic alphabetic
  • ... ( "Foretell the Future" = 242 reverse alphabetic )
  • ... .. ( ( "Preacher" = 242 jewish-latin-agrippa | 223 primes ) )
The number 242 combines 24 (the number of hours in a day, and the number of thrones around that of God, as described in Revelation) and 42, which many know of as the 'answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything'.
  • "Math" = 42 basic alphabetic ( it's a "Sin" = 42 basic alphabetic ) [ sine trig function ]
  • ... ( "Math" = "Algebra" = 133 primes )
  • ... .. ( "Everything" = "Big Bang Theory" = 133 basic alphabetic )
  • ... .. ( "Everything" = "Good Numbers" = 133 basic alphabetic )
  • ... .. ( "Government" = "Everything" = 133 basic alphabetic )
  • ... .. .. ( "Large explosion, Beirut" = 1,133 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • "Large explosion, Beirut" = 247 basic alphabetic
  • ... ( "Brutal" = "The Riddle" = 247 primes )
  • ... .. ( "Garden of Eden" = 247 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ... ( "The Canon" = 247 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ... .. ( "Gun" = 247 jewish-latin-agrippa )
The Garden of Eden (Hebrew: גַּן־עֵדֶן – gan-ʿḖḏen), also called the Terrestrial Paradise, or simply Paradise, is the biblical "Garden of God" described in the Book of Genesis
[...] the man and the woman were seduced by the serpent into eating the forbidden fruit, and they were expelled from the garden to prevent them from eating of the tree of life, and thus leaving forever. Cherubim were placed east of the garden, "and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way of the tree of life"
  • "The Garden of Eden" = 360 jewish-latin-agrippa
ie. There 360 degrees in a circle.
  • "Isolation" = "In Prison" = 360 primes
One might imagine a...
  • "Circular Wall" = 1337 jewish-latin-agrippa | 133 alphabetic | 1087 english-extended
All these numbers are familiar to anyone who has been reading here a while.
  • "Know Great Force" = 1337 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • "Winds" = "Air Force" = "The Law" = 223 primes
  • ... ( "Beginning" = "Chapter 1" = "A Proof" = 223 primes )
  • ... .. ( "The Power of Numbers" = 223 basic alphabetic )
  • ... .. ... ( "The Secret of the Times" = 223 basic alphabetic )
  • "The Bridge" = 223 primes ( between minds, is communication )
  • "The Law" = "The Scale" = 223 primes
  • "To Know" = "The Proof" = "Counting" = 322 primes
... 322 @ 223 ...
  • "The Upward Spiral" = 3223 squares | 1,618 jewish-latin-agrippa
ie. To Know - The Law - of the Golden Spiral
  • "Beirut eruption" = 3223 squares
  • "The Beirut eruption" = 1,969 trigonal ( = "Forgotten Matrix Code" )
  • .. ( "Huge explosion in Beirut" = 1,969 english-extended )
  • "Beirut Vulcan" = 1,360 jewish-latin-agrippa ( ie. One Ring )
Above, I permuted the word 'massive' to 'mass of Eve' ...
... we might also ponder the Missives of Miss Eve.
  • "Missive" = "The Romance" = 311 primes (coronavirus pandemic declared 3/11)
  • ... .. .. ( "Ecstatic" = 311 jewish-latin-agrippa )
... and as documented elsewhere...
  • "Original Sin" = "The Infection' = "SARS-nCoV-2" = 933 trigonal
... which is "The Count" = 933 trigonal
...and hence...
  • "Missive" = 933 jewish-latin-agrippa
If you've been reading here a while, you know I've been tracking 933 and 1933 in terms of the coronvirus pandemic and the HG. Wells novel The Shape of Things To Come, which speaks of a great plague paving the way to a World Dictatorship (and eventual 'Utopia').
Anyway, in terms of the power of the Force...
  • "Lightsaber" = 311 primes | 322 jewish-latin-agrippa | 777 trigonal
...and on this forum we are...
  • "Counting" = 322 primes
... the "Full Name" = 322 jewish-latin-agrippa
... .. of things.
  • "The Number' = "A Great Shock" = 333 primes
  • ... ( "The Religion" = "The Temple" = 333 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "Dancing Plague" = 333 primes )
  • "COVID-nineteen" = "Revelation" = 1010 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ...( "The Beirut Shock" = 1010 english-extended )
The Director General of Lebanese General Security stated the explosion was linked to 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated and stored in the port for years
  • "Ammonium Nitrate Explosion" = 1010 primes ( and 333 reverse alphabetic )
Nitrate @ Night Rate @ Knight Rate
  • "Knight Rate" = 360 jewish-latin-agrippa
The word 'rate' is an anagram of 'tear' and 'tare'.
Of Ammonium, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammon
  • "Ammonium" = 311 primes
...and with quantum-entanglement:
  • "A=1: Ammonium" = 314 primes | 777 trigonal
Ammonium makes me think of ...
  • "A Giant Squid" = 1019 trigonal
Of these creatures...
"They taste really bad, the flesh has an intense ammonia smell"
Of the confiscated chemicals:
The Ammonium nitrate was confiscated from the Moldavian-flagged MV Rhosus, an 86-meter-long general cargo ship, in the port of Beirut in 2014
  • "Rhosus" = 1776 squares ( note: "Symbol" = "Triangle" = "Pyramid" = 86 alphabetic )
The year 1776 is famously known as the year of the founding of the United States (as well as the historical Bavarian Illuminati).
  • "The Supreme Ruler" = "Emperor of the World" = 1776 trigonal ( "Man = 86 primes )
Ponder: Rhosus Roses - What is the Name of the Rose?
Never mind the Name, what of the Number?
  • "The Number of the Rose" = 1234 english-extended | 3333 squares
Q: what?
"A: The Number of the Rose" = 1776 trigonal
And here we have the classic pi codes of the circle:
  • ... ( "Red Rose" = 314 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... ( "Red Sore" = 314 jewish-latin-agrippa )
The explosion cloud was dark red. The red rose in the sky.
Ponder: Rhosus Rhesus
Again, noting that "Explosion" = 1109 trigonal ( a number I've documented before )...
... I was prompted, when I first heard of this event, to permute the name of 'Beirut', thinking of...
... but not having looked up the exact spelling. I first tried:
  • "Beruth explosion" = 1019 jewish-latin-agrippa
Q: ?
"A: Grin and bear it" = 911 trigonal ( "Society" = 911 trigonal )
Baʿal Berith ("Lord of the Covenant") and El Berith ("God of the Covenant") are two gods, or one god, worshiped in Shechem, in ancient Canaan, according to the Bible
  • "Baal Berith" = 232 primes
  • ... ( "Lord of the Covenant" = 1,232 english-extended )
  • ... .. ( "Port" = 232 primes )
  • ... .. .. ( "Number" = 232 primes )
  • ... .. .. ... ( "Boss" = 232 jewish-latin-agrippa )
Ports and Ships go together:
  • "Port + Ship" = 1967 squares
  • "Port a Ship" = 1968 squares
  • ... ( "The Storm" = "The Rising Sea" = 1968 squares )
I've discussed the years '67, '68, and '69 quite a bit lately.
  • "Ship in port" = 666 english-extended ( "Business" = 666 english-extended )
  • ... ( "A=1: To Learn by Example" = 1,666 trigonal )
Baʿal Berith ("Lord of the Covenant") and El Berith ("God of the Covenant")
Elbereth is the Lady Varda, Queen of the Valar, maker of the stars, in Tolkien's mythology, and she is called upon by Frodo, Sam and others in time of desperate need. The evocation of her name was powerful enough to dismay the Nazgul when they attacked the fellowship on Weathertop hill.
A relationship with Hebrew bərīt ("covenant") or with the city name Beirut have both been suggested for Beruth
  • "God Covenant" = 1000 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • .. ( "Know" = 1000 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... ( ( "Forgotten" = 1000 trigonal ) )
  • "The Final Discoveries" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "What is in a Name?" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "Great Knowledge" = 1234 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • "Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon" = 911 primes
Reddit threads:
More footage:
Numeric indexes (for reference):
EDIT: Derek Tikkuri has just published a video about this Beirut event:
Fatal Explosion in Beirut - By the Numbers
In my part of the world, it has clocked over into the day after this explosion. It is now the 5th of August as I add this edit. Wikipedia has updated their front page to feature new content.
The featured article is now about ...
The Eurasian crag martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) is a small swallow with brown upperparts, paler underparts, and a white-spotted square tail.
  • "Eurasian crag martin" = 777 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ...( "Numeric Ritual" = 777 jewish-latin-agrippa )
It says, at the bottom of the summary about this bird:
This article is part of a featured topic: Crag martins.
The word 'martin', my brain immediately turns into 'martian'.
  • "The Crag Martians" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
... which can be permuted into...
  • "The Martian Crags" = 555 jewish-latin-agrippa
... which makes one think of...
  • "The Mountains of Mars" = 742 primes
  • ... ( "A Red Planet" = 742 trigonal )
And just for interest sake, since I mention 'my part of the world', I live in the cape of Southern Africa, which is labelled as the 'Cape of Diab' on the ancient and interesting Fra Mauro map of the world, which is of South-up orientation.
Currently the Prime Minister of Lebanon is Hassan Diab.
  • "A Prime Minister of Lebanon" = 777 primes
The Cape of Diab: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FraMauroMapAfrica.jpg
Many will be aware that 'Diablo' is a Spanish word meaning "Devil".
In terms of the Cedars of Lebanon, there is a mountain range within a few hours drive north of where I live called the Cederberg.
...see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cederberg
Other simultaneous press output:
A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons
A CDC report from a Georgia hot spot illuminates just how easily kids can spread coronavirus, adding to our understanding of kids’ role in transmission.
Summer Camp Mathematics Camp @ Do Sums
  • "A Sum Camp" = 555 english-extended ( and 747 trigonal )
  • "The Mathematics Camp" = 555 primes
Using consonantal roots to navigate the fractal tree of language:
Georgia @ GRG @ Gregorian @ Grigori @ The Watchers
Georgia @ GRG @ KRK @ ChRCh @ Church ( ie. Crag @ Gorge @ Valley )
ie. Saint George and the Dragon
  • "Mathematics Camp" = "The Magic Words" = 454 primes
  • ... ( "Rays of Light" = "Prometheus" = 454 primes )
A CDC report from a Georgia hot spot illuminates [...]
The Titan Prometheus gave men fire, and it angered the Gods:
Again: C.D.C 3.4.3 - 343 = 7x7x7
Learn quantum entanglement of number and letter:
  • "A=1: Mathematics Camp" = 474 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "Let there be Light" = "Sunlight" = 474 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • .... ( "The Illuminati" = "Numerology" = 474 primes )
Light <--- Lightbearer ( ie. Lucifer )
  • "The School" = 323 primes ( "Lucifer" = 323 jewish-latin-agrippa | 223 primes )
The canonical phrase:
  • "Let there be Light!" = 473 primes | 474 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "The Math School" = 473 jewish-latin-agrippa )
...and thus...
  • ... ( "The A+ Math School" = 474 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... ( "The +1 Math School" = 474 jewish-latin-agrippa )
...and given all the 911 and 119 patterning in terms of this entire thread:
  • "Mathematical Camp" = 1019 trigonal
Camp @ Cramp
  • "Mathematical Cramp" = 1190 trigonal | 2,223 squares | 742 english-extended )
  • "Mathematic Pains" = 474 primes
  • ... ( "Numerology" = 474 primes ) ( "Great Terror" = 474 primes )
  • ... .. ( "The School" = 474 english-extended )
Pain Pen ( writing )
  • "Mathematic Pen" = 393 primes ( "Accountancy" = 393 primes )
  • ...( "Accurate" = "Count" = 393 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "A Mathematic Pen" = 393 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "1 Mathematic Pen" = 393 jewish-latin-agrippa )
I've been referring often to the King Arthur mythology recently (ie. the Pendragon bloodline )
  • "The School" = 811 trigonal ( "Dragon" = 811 squares )
Remembering all the 844 results in the main text above (ie. Revelation )
A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons
  • "Back-to-School Lessons" = 1,844 trigonal
...and we get multiple circle codes:
  • "Back-to-School Lessons" = 227 basic alphabetic | 720 primes
The number 227 is shorthand for the classic pi approximation and there are 720 degrees in two revolutions of the circle.
The article is part of the accumulation of Covid pandemic press:
  • "Back-to-School Lessons" = 65 reduced
  • ... ( "Alphabet" = "Pandemic" = 65 basic alphabetic )
They are laughing... because most, if not all, of the Coronavirus deaths, are strawmen.
On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog —
#MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19
BethAnn McLaughlin invented @Sciencing_Bi, a Hopi anthropologist who died of COVID-19
  • "Anthropologist" = 605 primes ( "Pandemic" = 65 alphabetic )
They say just 1 fake anthropologist died of Coronavirus....
  • "1 Anthropologist" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • .. ( "The Fake Coronavirus" = 666 primes )
  • .. ( "Placebo Coronavirus" = 666 primes )
  • .. ( "Coronavirus: A Fraud" = 666 primes )
The secret of the word 'die' is 'dye'... see:
The colour of the...
  • "Royal Flu" = "Sick Joke" = "To Cure the Flu" = 777 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • "The Anthropologists" = 773 primes ( "Lightbearer" = 773 trigonal )
  • "The Anthropologists" = 2021 trigonal
  • ...( "A Coronavirus Religion" = 2021 trigonal )
  • "A Virtual Anthropologist" = 1776 jewish-latin-agrippa
...and given that...
  • "Cryptography" = 1999 english-extended ( year of the film The Matrix )
... we have...
  • "MeTooSTEM" = 1999 squares
Of this #MeToo movement:
The Me Too (or #MeToo) movement, with variations of related local or international names, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual abuse. [...] the movement began to spread virally as a hashtag (ie. # ) on social media.
Having great respect for the feminine, I am sympathetic to such initiatives, and I understand the pressures and difficulties that woman face in the arena of sexual consent and the abuses faced by many woman (and men for that matter)... however, one might want to pay more attention to the potential for mocking, since, arguably, nothing goes 'viral' unless the Powers-That-Be want it to.
What is the hashtag symbol really? It implies 'number', and it is known as the 'pound' sign.
The symbol '#' is known as the number sign, or hash, or (in North American usage) pound sign.
Ponder it: Pound Me Too?
Ponder it: Number Me Too?
Any hashtag implicitly asks one to decode the number behind the name.
Imagine a hashtag "#TheNumber'.
Let's pound out the number of #TheNumber:
  • "The Number" = 333 primes
The pre-headline of the article is:
On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog —
Where do stray dogs go?
The Pound.
Because Ammonium:
EDIT - next day:
The Tragic Physics of the Deadly Explosion in Beirut
  • "A Deadly Explosion in Beirut" = 888 primes
  • ... "Government Authority" = 888 primes
The article sub-headline:
A blast injury specialist explores the chemistry—and history—of explosions like the one captured in videos that swept across the world.
  • "Oral History" = 888 jewish-latin-agrippa
As recounted elsewhere, the Greek Isopsephy value of 'Jesus' is 888.
With definite article (remembering that the Coronavirus/Covid pandemic was declared 3/11):
  • "The Deadly Explosion in Beirut" = 311 basic alphabetic
  • ... ( "Ammonium" = 311 primes )
  • .
  • "The Deadly Explosion in Beirut" = 311 basic alphabetic
  • ... ( "To Pacify" = 311 primes )
  • ... .. ( "The Romance" = 311 primes | 322 jewish-latin-agrippa)
  • "The Deadly Explosion in Beirut" = 1,616 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "Ritual Sacrifice" = 616 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. ( "Perfect Number" = 616 jewish-latin-agrippa )
  • ... .. .. ( "Number" = "The Law" = 616 trigonal )
  • ... .. .. ... ( "Pattern" = 616 english-extended )
With quantum-entanglement augmentation:
  • "A=1: The Deadly Explosion in Beirut" = 1,618 jewish-latin-agrippa
ie. golden ratio, accurate to three decimal places ( "Symbolic" = 1,618 squares )
A blast injury specialist explores the chemistry—and history—of explosions
The Coronavirus outbreak occured in 2019, and the global pandemic declared in 2020 (off-by-one)
  • "Blast Injury Specialist" = 2019 english-extended
  • "A Blast Injury Specialist" = 2020 english-extended
  • "1 Blast Injury Specialist" = 2020 english-extended
The ...
  • "Grand Celebration" = 2020 squares ....
... of the priesthood of the ...
  • "Coronavirus Religion" = 2020 trigonal
... continues.
1. And what will you do about it?
"Citizen" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa
... do peruse ...
  • "The List of Specials" = 666 jewish-latin-agrippa
News from 2018 has popped up in the CulturalLayer reddit:
  • "The Sphinx Riddle" = 742 jewish-latin-agrippa
  • ... ( "The Riddle" = 247 primes )
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The Mani Ratnam Rabbit hole Part 5 - Power, Politics & Drama - Guru(2007) / Iruvar(1997) - The Kingpin Biopics

Kingpins are leaders who prefer an organized structure for running the show. Success is important to the Kingpin and they feel at home when they are managing a business or team of people.
The role of a leader is - 𝒅𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚 (the issues that affects one's surrounding) & 𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒆. Now, that sounds simple, but it’s often hard to understand exactly what is going on in the world around you, and then to translate it in a way that is both accurate and hopeful to the people in your domain.
In order to successfully navigate these challenges, the successful leader requires the following 4 𝑷❜𝒔 :
First, a leader needs a 𝑷𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆/𝑷𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏. Call it a vision or a mission or an ideal or a cause or a calling, but successful leaders need to be pointed in the right direction, and they need to be able to inspire others to join in their pursuit.
Second, a leader needs a 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒏. Again, call it a strategy or a road-map or a set of goals and objectives, but successful leaders need to not only know where they are headed, but how to get there. A destination is not enough – putting one foot in front of the other is the key to achieving visionary goals.
Third, a leader needs 𝑷𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆. Successful leaders have followers that are committed to the 𝑷𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆 and the 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒏, and are motivated to be part of a movement or community or group that is bigger than a sum of its parts. Leaders need to be able to motivate those people to walk the talk.
And finally, a leader needs 𝑷𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓. Power can come from people or money or ideas or capital or some kind of other resource, but an engine needs fuel to move forward. Leaders need to be able to marshal these resources in support of their cause.
In Mani Ratnam's unofficial 𝑲𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒑𝒊𝒏 𝑩𝒊𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒔 we see the protagonists work towards amassing these 4 𝑷❜𝒔 deliberately or inadvertently. One is set in Gujarat, the other in Tamilnadu.
𝟭. 𝗚𝘂𝗿𝘂(𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟳)
Guru is an Indian Hindi-language Drama starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhavan, Vidya Balan, Arya Babbar & Mithun Chakraborty in the the main cast with a guest appearance by Mallika Sherawat.
The general consensus is that this film is loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, one of India's biggest industrial tycoons, who from humble beginnings built Reliance Industries into one of the largest and most profitable firms in the world while also having elements of other stories & businessmen. It's a Biopic, but not really.
The film is actually about 𝑭𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒆𝒕𝒔 & 𝑷𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒔𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒎.
Guru has others involved in the production as a film that is reflective of a man's desire for ambition and success, and how times have changed from the period immediately after the country's independence to the present. Some reports have speculated that this film is a biographical film of Dhirubhai Ambani. Like Guru, Ambani also had roots in Gujarat as the son of a schoolteacher, went abroad to work for the gas company Shell, and returned to India to import polyester. Ratnam has described Guru as inspired by stories both past and present.
The film begins with Guru telling how his father said never to dream, because dreams don't come true. We then are taken to Guru's youth where he wishes to go to Turkey because he has failed his mathematics exams. This shames his father who is the school's headmaster, still his father allows him to go. There, he stands out as an employee at Shell where he is promoted to sales supervisor, a position he refuses in order to start his own business.
He returns home where he gains Sujata's hand in marriage, along with it a dowry that will afford him the opportunity to become a businessman in cloth trading. Guru goes on to take on the trading union and builds his own factory, the Shakti Corporation where he creates his own cloth. His corporation grows to be one of the largest in the country but he has adopted corrupted ways to gain the success he seeks.
Manik Dasgupta, who has become a father figure to Guru, runs the newspaper, Swatantra. Once he learns of Guru's manipulation of his newspaper he enlists Shyam Saxena, one of his reporters to take Guru down. Shyam discovers that Shakti has smuggled factory parts into the country without paying tax on it, and his plant is producing double the legal daily output. All of this is exposed by the newspaper. Guru goes on to have a stroke from the stress of his fight with the newspaper and Meenu, Manik's daughter who has married Shyam dies of her fight with multiple sclerosis.
Guru is brought before a government panel in order to defend himself against the corruption charges set out against him. Once Guru speaks to the press the next day his speech causes the government to clear him of nearly all of the charges set out against him. He must only settle two charges against him by paying the fines. Once he does he is allowed to return to run his company.
The film was conceptualized in 1987 during the making of Maniratnam's movie Nayakan. The less known fact is that, the role of Madhavan is based on Swaminathan Gurumurthy, who along with Ramnath Goenka worked to expose Reliance Industries. The title is speculated to be an acknowledgement of this fact, where in his name is playfully swapped with Ambani's character. In real life , Gurumurthy has twin daughters much like the Guru character in the movie.
Guru was written and directed by Mani Ratnam, while Vijay Krishna Acharya(Dhoom) wrote the Hindi dialogues. Filming took place in Mumbai, Turkey, Badami and Melkote (Karnataka), as well as in Chennai, Pollachi, Madurai, Chettinad region Tamil Nadu, and Athirappilly in Kerala. This is the first film to be shot at Express Estates, a 21-acre stretch of old buildings in the heart of Madras. These buildings happen to be the home of the Indian Express and Dinamani newspapers.
The music is composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Gulzar. Cinematography for the film is handled by Rajiv Menon. Several scenes were deleted from the final theatrical version, including a scene in which Sujata first gives birth to a stillborn child and a scene in which Guru becomes angry with his wife for visiting Manik Dasgupta.
𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒄𝒂𝒑𝒔 𝒐𝒏, 𝒍𝒆𝒕'𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒈 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑 -
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬 & 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦
Guru follows Gurukant “Guru” Desai from his small village in India to Turkey where in a series of evocative scenes he shows a natural affinity for the rhythms of markets. Determined to work for himself, Guru returns to India and tries to enter the cotton market but he needs a license and the license system is monopolized by a rich clique with close ties to the government.
Guru has no entry into this clique, which differs in class and caste from his village roots, but his cause is taken up by a liberal newspaper editor, Manik Dasgupta, a veteran of the independence movement, who shames the government into opening up the license system. Guru and Manik become close and Guru becomes godfather to Manik’s daughter who has epilepsy.
The movie’s portrayal of entrepreneurship and the problems that Guru must surmount–financial, familial, and political–is unusually smart and sympathetic.
As Guru rises to the top the movie becomes more complex. Guru bribes politicians and skirts rules and regulations. His previous benefactor, the newspaper editor, turns against him. Derek Elley at Variety says Guru “forgets his ethics on the way to the top.” That’s a common but incorrect reading. What is going on is more subtle.
Ratnam is telling us that Guru’s virtues are incompatible with a corrupt system and a choice must be made. Consider that on his way to the top, Guru has promised to always honor, love and respect his elder patron and even as they are at odds, he never wavers in this promise. Nor does he waver in his love for Manik’s epileptic daughter, even as she marries the reporter who has led the charges against Guru.
Rather than having been corrupted, Guru demonstrates an iron-willed commitment to virtue. Riches and success did not corrupt Guru’s personal virtue nor has his public virtue been corrupted. In contrast to the earlier corruption of the ruling clique we never see Guru preventing others from competing with him. He bribes only in order to build.
The movie is powerful not because it opposes virtue and corruption but because it opposes two ideas of virtue. Is it virtuous to follow the law when the law itself is corrupt? Other artists have explored this question when the lawbreaker opposes social injustice, ala Gandhi and Martin Luther King, but what about when the lawbreaker opposes economic injustice? The question the movie asks is a classic question from Ayn Rand, how can an honest (business)-man live in a corrupt world? The theme becomes clear in the climax, a trial in which Guru, ala Howard Roark, puts society on trial.
The director, Mani Ratnam, has great ambitions. In telling the story of India’s liberation, not from colonialism but from socialism, he aims to elevate a new type of hero for post-socialist India, a business guru. In the trial, Ratnam is also arguing that a house divided against itself, a house half slave and half free, cannot long remain standing. Either India must push forward with a new vision for itself based on business, free and open markets and liberal views (on gender, the disabled, religion and other issues) or it will indeed fall back into internal strife and corruption.
Certain techniques are slowly changed within the film to mark the passing of time and the growth of Guru as an individual: - When Guru is a young man in Turkey, the camera is handheld and in perpetual motion, giving Guru and that period of his life a racy, edgy feel.
As he ages, the camera movements become smoother and towards the end of the film the camera is almost stationary. - The editing closely follows the above concept: the young Guru is shown in quick cuts and as Guru grows older the editing is smoother and becomes less frequent.
Lighting also changes with the times In Turkey, direct and specular lights were initially used to capture the aura of a foreign land, thus producing a sepia-yellow phase. Then the lighting changed to the more directionless soft light seen in the early and middle 1960s. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, tube lights came into style, thus producing a dramatic cyan-green light needed for the climax.
(𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒉𝒏𝒊𝒒𝒖𝒆/𝑺𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒄𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒅)
Guru has received positive reviews from critics. Abhishek Bachchan received almost unanimous praise for his performance.
The film was released on 12 January 2007 with its première at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada, on Thursday 11 January 2007 by Roger Nair, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international première in Canada. Roger Nair productions acquired the rights for Canada and held a premiere with most of the cast and crew flown to Toronto, Canada. The film was premiered in the Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) section of 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
In the United States, it was a blockbuster. The New York Times said of the film "You might think it would be difficult to fashion an entertaining account of the life of a polyester manufacturer, even a fictitious one. But director Mani Ratnam has done so with "Guru," an epic paean to can-do spirit and Mumbai capitalism."
The New York Post gave it 3 out of 4 stars, and the Los Angeles Weekly called it "The best Hindi film since Lagaan". Richard Corliss of Time compared the film to Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" and said that "One of the main highlights of the film was its climax. This Guru is more like a fine polyester."
𝟮. 𝗜𝗿𝘂𝘃𝗮𝗿(𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟳)
‘Iruvar’ which translates to 'The Duo' is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language Epic Political Drama film co-written, produced and directed by Mani Ratnam. Iruvar is a fictitious depiction of the duo of eminent politicians M.G.Ramachandran (M.G.R) and Karunanidhi as Anandan and Tamil Selvam. It's a Biopic, but not really
The film is actually about 𝑷𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓 𝑫𝒚𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑𝒔.
The movie enjoys enormous fan following among Cinephiles and has achieved cult status over the years. In 2012, Iruvar was included by critic Rachel Dwyer in the British Film Institute Sight and Sound 1000 greatest films of all time.
𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐬:
Tales on friendship are of 2 kinds, the kind that sugar-coats reality into a pretentious show of perfection with fairy tale plots, and tragedies such as Iruvar, the kind that brings you to terms with the brutality and iniquity of relationships.
At a time when filmmakers hesitated to question authority and altered their scripts to avoid cuts by the censor board, there came Maniratnam’s bold move establishing the relationship between Cinema and Politics and the significance of power, with which the two were able to unite Tamil Nadu, in a setting beautifully rendered by the purity of friendship and layered through emotive characterization. (𝑭𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒅)
Starring Mohanlal and Prakash Raj in the lead, ‘Iruvar’ follows the story of Anandan (Mohanlal), an aspiring actor who befriends Tamilselvan (Prakash Raj), a Dravidian loyalist. Apart from Mohanlal and Prakash Raj, the film also starred Tabu, Aishwarya Rai, Gautami, Revathi and Nasser in prominent roles.
𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑪𝒂𝒑𝒔 𝒐𝒏, 𝒍𝒆𝒕'𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒈 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑: ᴬʳᵗⁱᶜˡᵉ ᶠʳᵒᵐ ᴰᵉᶜᶜᵃⁿ ᴴᵉʳᵃˡᵈ
Here Ratnam at last found a cinematic subject worthy of his gifts — Tamil cinema, music and politics: The 3 great obsessions of the Tamil people (indeed, Indian people). Irvuar chronicles 5 decades in the history of Tamil cinema and politics. AR Rahman’s songs, one of his most inventive and versatile scores to date, evocatively and accurately reflect the sound and song style of films from each of those decades.
Struggling actor Anandan (Mohanlal) meets poet, screenwriter & active politician Thamilchelvam (Prakash Raj) and this becomes the basis for a long, passionate & conflicted friendship. Anandan believes that together they can make cinema history while the poet is more interested in making political history.
Enter Kalpana (Aishwarya Rai): An ambitious actress who obsesses about Anandan. After the death of the party’s leader Annadurai (Nasser), both Anandan and Thamilchelvam find themselves in contention for the party’s top position. Will their idealism and ambition draw them closer or make them rivals?
The key characters are, of course, based on real life screen stars turned politicians: The rise to fame of actor and cult-figure Anandan is loosely based on the life of legendary movie star Marudur Gopalamenon Ramachandran, Thamilchelvam is based on Muthuvel Karunanidhi and Kalpana on Jayalalitha. Cinema, music and politics are so deeply connected in the history and psyche of Tamils that Ratnam seems to have instinctively and profoundly known how to approach these as a filmmaker.
The level of melodrama and fantasy (grandeur more than truth), the sweeping emotions (overwhelming more than intense) and the songs (enchanting more than clever) are stunning. Ratnam deftly moves from scenes of grandly scaled melodrama to understated, intimate moments that subtly reveal or betray something about his characters.
We see a sepia-tinged film within a film — it is Anandan as a masked hero come to save the princess. The sets (a fortress/temple with a giant bell) are exactly like the surreal ones from the MGR films from the late 40s (probably Rajakumari) but the sequence itself (a song more chanted than sung rising in tempo) with the hero on horseback galloping over hills, is modern, stylized: A cinematic nod to Kurosawa.
As the chanting fades, and the prince rides away with the princess, the scene morphs into a gigantic screen, and we now watch it inside the dark of a movie theatre with the actor Anandan watching the screen.
Cut to: Anandan and the heroine waving from the theatre balcony to a throng of fans below, we see black and white posters of the movie everywhere. The moment is thrilling: At once you feel what movies are all about, the visceral high they give you. A moment known and shared by both, the fan and the actor.
The other intriguing bit from the film is more low-key: That poetic, refined beauty Tabu plays a school teacher and an intellectual, waiting for Selvam in his house. Drawn to his radical ideas and his political commitment, she has quit her job to become his mistress simply because he wrote and asked her to. But now she is full of doubt — what is she to him? Selvam rushes in, looks for her everywhere and then finds her sitting on the steps that lead to the second floor. He sits down a step below her and begins talking to her. She is quiet. After a pause, he asks her why and she wonders aloud who she is to him and he answers passionately: “My lover, my companion, my friend.” She lets her head gently fall on to the banister, the camera moves in closer: There are tears in her eyes and then slowly a smile, a smile full of a quiet joy.
An often remarked scene that follows this is the two of them lying on the floor, opposite each other, perspiring from having made love, as Santosh Sivan’s camera swirls above them, caressing them, and Selvam’s impassioned poem is heard over and over again. It is, as passionate movie scenes go, unforgettable. It is preceded by the subtler, incandescent passage.
Aishwarya Rai in her debut is alluring. Mohanlal and Prakash Raj give great, controlled performances. Lal’s performance is nuanced, subtle, restrained while Raj is fiery, eloquent, complex. Ratnam said of Mohanlal's performance - "Hereafter, I will never work with a man of whom I am a fan. I often forgot to say 'Cut' in Iruvar."
Apart from the pitch perfect work of the leads, there are remarkable performances from Nasser, Tabu, Gouthami and Revathi. The dialogues by the director and his wife, Suhasini (a gifted dialogue writer) is both powerful and poetic.
Ditto for the song lyrics by Vairamuthu. The challenging and pleasurable task of writing tunes that will reflect the style and sound of 5 decades of Tamil film music is effortlessly met by Rahman. Each song is a jewel. Ratnam pictures each song according to the look and sensibility of a particular decade in Tamil cinema history: Narumugaye is in sepia and features the actress Madhoo in a cameo as Tagore’s classic mythological heroine, Shakunthala. (Ratnam chose Madhoo for her face which recalls the features of classic actresses from the 40s and 50s).
Hello Mister Edirkatchi, set in a smoky club with Rai practically smoldering, cleverly imitates the faux-jazz inflected songs that dominated Tamil dance songs once upon a time. In Ayirathil Naan Oruvan the playback singer, Mano, sounds exactly like the playback singer who voiced MGR. And Mohanlal deftly mimes this legendary actor’s famous gestures (raising one hand and twirling it) when he danced and sang for 5 decades.
Ratnam’s ability to always use large, sweeping themes as a backdrop to foreground more personal stories is one of his major achievements & a unique style of telling a story in contemporary cinema. As the film ends, you are surprised into tears to discover that Iruvar has not really been about cinema or politics but a personal, intimate movie about friendship.
𝑬𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒑𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑩𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒘𝒂𝒋 𝑹𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒏'𝒔 𝑨𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝑰𝒓𝒖𝒗𝒂𝒓 (𝑭𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒍𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒅):
"𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭 𝘕𝘢𝘥𝘶 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘎𝘙-𝘒𝘢𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘥𝘩𝘪-𝘑𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘢 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘛𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭 𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴. 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭 𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳, 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘒𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘏𝘢𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘯’𝘴 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘯 (𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭-𝘵𝘰𝘰-𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘝𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘵)"
Mani Ratnam’s 3rd collaboration with with Santosh Sivan after Thalapathi (1991) & Roja (1992) was Iruvar (1997) which is described by the cinematographer as his most challenging project -
“𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴,” 𝘚𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥. “𝘈𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘦.
𝘐 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘺 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘢 𝘔𝘪𝘵𝘳𝘢(𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘱𝘶 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺), 𝘔𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪 𝘐𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘪(𝘒𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘢 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘺) , 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘝𝘒 𝘔𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘺(𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘎𝘶𝘳𝘶 𝘋𝘶𝘵𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮𝘴). 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥. 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘪 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘯𝘢𝘮 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺. 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳."
One composition in Iruvar has been frequently praised – a top-angle shot of Tamizhselvan (Prakash Raj) and Senthamarai (Tabu) lying on the ground close to each other. Sivan’s camera points downwards and encircles the characters for the length of the scene. The camerawork heightens the intensity and turmoil of the lovers – Senthamarai has left her family and come to live with Tamizhselvan.
"𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺’𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦,” 𝘚𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥. “𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮. 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘪 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘫𝘦𝘳𝘬𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘯𝘰, 𝘭𝘦𝘵’𝘴 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥. 𝘚𝘰 𝘐 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵. 𝘐𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵.
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘱𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐𝘯 𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘴. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺. 𝘐 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘢 𝘔𝘪𝘵𝘳𝘢."
In October 1995, Mani Ratnam announced that he was set to make a feature film titled Anandan featuring dialogues written by Suhasini with Mohanlal, Nana Patekar and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles.
Initial speculation suggested that the film would visualise the duel between Vellupillai Prabhakaran and his former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam deputy Mahattiya, who was executed in 1995 for an alleged plot to kill his mentor, with Aishwarya Rai reported to be playing Indira Gandhi.
Mani Ratnam was quick to deny any political backdrop claiming that the film would be about the Indian movie industry, however this proved to bluff the public as the film was to be set within a political canvas.
The film was later retitled Iruvar (The Duo) and the idea to make a film on the lives of 1980s Tamil Nadu political icons M. G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi and their influential relationship between Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics by Mani Ratnam was sparked by a conversation he had with renowned Malayalam author, M. T. Vasudevan Nair.
When interviewed about the difficulties of casting, Mani Ratnam revealed he "struggled" citing that casting "is most important as far as performance is concerned" and that "fifty per cent of the job is done if you cast correctly".
Mohanlal was approached to play Anandan, a character inspired by the former actor-politician M. G. Ramachandran and about his performance in the film, Mani Ratnam claimed that Mohanlal had "the ability to make everything absolutely realistic with the least amount of effort".
He described that debutant Aishwarya Rai, the former Miss World beauty pageant winner, who appeared in two different characters - one inspired by actress-politician Jayalalitha, as a "tremendous dancer" and "having a lot of potential". The director revealed that the only difficulty Mohanlal and Aishwarya had was the language, both being non-Tamil speakers adding that the pair had to work hard over the dubbing trying to get as close to the Tamil tongue.
The actor to play the role of Tamizhselvan, inspired by politician M. Karunanidhi, took substantially longer to finalise with the initial choice, Nana Patekar, withdrawing after several discussions about his remuneration. Later, Mohanlal's Malayalam counterpart Mammootty was offered the role but declined, as did leading Tamil actors Kamal Haasan and Sathyaraj.
Negotiations with R. Sarathkumar and Mithun Chakraborty were also unsuccessful as the pair demanded a higher remuneration, while Arvind Swamy was briefly signed on to play the role and had recorded two poems for the soundtrack, before opting out due to other commitments. Mani Ratnam also called R. Madhavan, then a small-time model for the screen test, but left him out of the project citing that he thought his eyes looked too young for a senior role.
Subsequently, Prakash Raj, who had played a small role in Mani Ratnam's 1994 film Bombay was signed up to essay the character. Prakash Raj initially told Mani Ratnam that he was unprepared to essay such a delicate role in such short notice, with Prakash Raj later revealing that Mani Ratnam nurtured the character and brought self-confidence into the actor. Renowned for being a perfectionist film-maker, Mani Ratnam made Prakash Raj take 25 takes for his first shot, lasting over six hours. Actress Tabu was also signed to play an important role in the film and shot for Iruvar alongside her Tamil debut film, Kadhal Desam.
The film was shot across 1996 and schedules were canned all across India from Kerala to Leh with Mohanlal stating that it was the longest duration he had shot for a film.The film was briefly stopped by the FEFSI strike of 1996, making technicians unavailable for use, but Mani Ratnam carried on filming and completed a song using only natural light. After the shooting for Iruvar was completed, Mani Ratnam asked Prakash Raj to dub in Tamil himself for the first time, with his work taking four days to complete.
Though the movie starts with a note saying "Idhu Unmai Kadhai Alla (meaning: this is not a true story)," the movie deals with a very sensitive subject of the two men whose lives were chronicled that enjoy an enormous fan following.
The dash and flair and captivating oratory abilities of M. Karunanidhi has attracted many millions over the 50 years of his political life and M. G. Ramachandran enjoys a semi-divine status in of his own, in Tamil Nadu. On account of this the movie invited much criticism from both the camps.
Moreover, the personal lives of the lead characters (their extramarital relations, ego problems) have been portrayed with near accuracy in the film. M. G. Ramachandran is shown as a person who meets his match in the wiles of J. Jayalalithaa. When the movie was released, various political parties staged demonstrations to prevent theaters from showing the movie.
Both M. Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa denied the relevance of the film to their lives and never admitted to the film being a bio-pic
In a scene from the film 'Iruvar', DMK founder CN Annadurai urges a young Karunanidhi to rise and join him after an attack by political opponents leaves him bed-ridden.
Over 21 years after the movie hit the screens, the film's dialogue 'Ezhundhu Va' became a chant for thousands of Karunanidhi loyalists who were camped outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai while the DMK patriarch waged a grim battle against his death. 'Va Va Thalaiva, Ezhundu Va Thalaiva', which means ‘Come back leader, rise again’ they all shouted day and night.
The relationship between Annadurai and Karunanidhi, and Karunanidhi and MG Ramachandran were established through this film. It faced flak from all parties in Tamil Nadu after its release. Though it did not do well on the box office, it was critically acclaimed.
Prakash Raj’s portrayal of Karunanidhi was appreciated by the Kalaignar himself. He said it was a beautiful moment to meet the man whose role he had essayed - “He was 70 plus then and I was just 30. Many years later, I met him and I asked him: ‘Did I look like you (in the film) and he said: ‘Almost’.”
“When I asked him if I was close to the character, he said ‘almost'. He is a politician and hence he said the two words – ‘almost there'.”
Prakash Raj said that while he had known about Karunanidhi the politician, the role helped him learn about him as a character - his wit, his love for literature.
“It was a character I saw. I was not imitating him. It was very fascinating to see a man who changed the system, who dared to live his personal life too, who did not think of politics of religion,” he said.
He recounted how the Kalaignar indirectly mentioned his role in the movie Iruvar while giving him a state award for the movie ‘Kalki’. “I’m very happy (Anandamaa) to give away this award to you. You know it. I know it. We know it,” he quoted the DMK chief as saying.
“So, he connected the film and the award though this (Ánandan)…..” Interestingly, when Mani Ratnam started the film, it was titled Ánandan’ (meaning a person who is happy).” Anandan was the role of MGR (essayed by Mohanlal) in Iruvar.
He also narrated his interactions with the DMK Supremo. “During Chennai Sangamam that Kanimozhi organised, I had the chance of reciting Purananuru which he (Karunanidhi) had written. I remember his speech after that and he said: ‘I had written this for Shivaji and I always used to hear it in his voice. But when Prakash Raj speaks, I can hear it in his voice’. He was very inquisitive about my language in terms of how did I get the command. I said - I just know the sound but you are the creator,” added Prakash Raj.
With the demise of Karunaidhi, many including Prakash Raj feel that one wouldn’t find a man like Kalaignar again. “Such men are not made. In future, you won’t see anyone like that. You can have differences with him, that's fine. But in totality, he was a champion of the Tamil pride, about an identity to the oppressed and how he made it coming from a poor family himself. He was a great revolutionist,” he said.
“Later what happened with the party and the corruption charges whatever it is….but if you know the man, single-handedly to have run the party and to have kept the national parties away - both MGR and Kalaignar and to have always celebrated a cultural identity relentlessly and with such commitment with for 5 decades is not a joke,” he added.
In her very first film, Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was cast as Jayalalithaa. It was a well-kept secret not revealed to this day, by either the director or his leading lady. Though it was obvious that Iruvar was all about the infamous friendship-turned-rivalry between two of Tamil Nadu’s most high-profile film personalities turned politicians — MGR & Karunanidhi — no one, back then, was vocal about the role that Jayalalithaa played in shaping Indian politics.
This was Aishwarya’s acting debut after winning Miss World, and she wasn’t sure if doing such a volatile subject was the right start. But Mani convinced her.”
“This was also the era when the ‘de-Mani-tization’ (post his flops) had not started. Sure enough, there was a lot of trouble when Iruvar released — first, from the censor board, which wanted many key scenes deleted as it showed ‘easily recognisable political figures from Tamil Nadu’ in a less-than-flattering light. Protests were staged throughout Tamil Nadu on the film’s release”
But to this day, Aishwarya refuses to acknowledge her character in Iruvar as being based on Jayalalithaa. In one earlier interview, she did concede though that her role in Iruvar was closer to real life than any other she had played — “I’ve always believed in taking leaps of faith and always gone in pursuit of roles that require me to explore facets of my personality that are not known to anyone, not even me. I’ve been doing character-driven parts from the time I did Iruvar. I’ve taken risks from the start.” Apparently, Jayalalithaa had seen Iruvar too and spoke about how much she liked the film.
In the film, Kalpana is ‘understood’ to have perished in a car crash. In reality, however, she survived to win the Tamil Nadu elections not once, not twice, but four times! Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Iruvar (1997, Iddaru in Telugu) maps the Dravidian Movement with its lead players MG Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and its leading lady J Jayalalithaa! Both MK and Jayalalithaa denied the relevance of the film to their lives and never admitted to the film being a bio-pic but watch some of the scenes doing the rounds social media now and it all adds-up! In that context Iruvar is highly recommended, to comprehend the contextual significance Jayalalithaa played in TN politics and how her film career embellished her entry into the AIADMK party because of her 27 films with its brand ambassador MGR!
MGR’s first wife and Jayalalitha bear a striking resemblance and this came through in the dual role played by Aishwarya Rai’s Pushpa and Kalpana. MGR was ‘brought to life’ with great aplomb by Mohanlal’s Anandan while Prakashraj gave his career’s best performance as the poet-politician Thamizhselvan! The situations and scenarios unfold in unpredictable ways which make the story more than just a political saga.
Iruvar is as much a love story as it is a tale of friendship! It is the only surviving celluloid version of the Dravidian political history which is mostly hearsay today or what one might read on the internet! The film highlights stellar personalities who shaped the DK/DMK/AIADMK parties, their personal equations which propel their political decisions and as their careers expand, the political landscape of this state also widens! Craft-wise, it is Ratnam’s best film till date!
The film is still regarded as one of Mani Ratnam's best works. Ratnam himself has named Iruvar as his best film, in an interview to National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan. Baradwaj Rangan also named the film the best work of Ratnam, in his list “All Mani Ratnam Movies Ranked” .
"𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘹 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦, 𝘢 𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭 𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢. 𝘏𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘐𝘳𝘶𝘷𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘴, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 – 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 51𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘰 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘍𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘍𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 1998, " 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘸𝘢𝘫 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥.
The film was also noted for its vignette style of making, with many single-shot scenes, where a fluid camera setup captures the entire action. Director Gautham Menon mentioned Iruvar as his inspiration, along with Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, for long single-shot scenes.
The film was screened in the Masters section at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. Iruvar went on to become a critical success winning the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival and 2 National Film Awards - Best Supporting Actor - Prakash Raj & Best Cinematography - Santosh Sivan.
The film's soundtrack features six songs composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics by Vairamuthu.It has songs ranging from pure Carnatic to Tamil folk and Jazz. Rahman blended two Carnatic ragas—"Naatai" and "Ghambeera Naatai"—in "Narumugaye". "Venilla Venilla", sung by veteran singer Asha Bhonsle, and "Hello Mister Edirkatchi" are based on Jazz music. "Udal Mannukku" and "Unnodu Naan Irundha" were recitals sung by actor Arvind Swamy. The songs "Hello Mister Edirkatchi", "Narumugaye" were popular.
  1. Guru Lesson in Framing | Scene Analysis - https://youtu.be/HMcNU30WM3o
  2. Iruvar Film Analysis | Fully Filmy - https://youtu.be/opYqRpds5kE
  3. Iruvar Single Shot Scene | One of the greatest scenes produced by Indian Cinema - https://youtu.be/syiV6ZHrVi8
  4. Iruvar in 4 minutes | Lesson in Framing/Cinematography/Visual Storytelling - https://youtu.be/zV_t-oaY7G4
  5. Guru | Marginal Revolution article - https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/05/guru.html
  6. Iruvar | WordPress Analysis - https://naveenamariamjacob.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/iruvar-analysing-duality/
  7. Iruvar | Deccan Herald Article - https://www.deccanherald.com/content/77587/mani-ratnams-classic-revisited.html
  8. Guru Synopsis - https://www.gradesaver.com/guru/study-guide/summary
  9. Santosh Sivan’s Masterclass, Journey Of Light: On Thuppakki, Iruvar, Dil Se, Roja - https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/tamil-features/santosh-sivans-masterclass-journey-of-light-on-thuppakki-iruvar-dil-se-roja-baradwaj-rangan/
  10. Guru Review | Baradwaj Rangan - https://baradwajrangan.wordpress.com/2007/01/14/review-guru/
  11. Two People, one industry | Baradwaj Rangan on Iruvar - https://www.india-seminar.com/2004/535/535%20baradwaj%20rangan.htm
Ref: Wiki, IMDb, Online articles, YouTube.
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