That Iraj video.
And so another Iraj production has hit the Sri Lankan social media sphere and predictably, everyone is losing their shit, either criticizing Iraj, criticizing the people criticizing Iraj or just having a good old laugh. Iraj’s videos since of late have been, as he probably defines it, risque. And there is no denying it, by Sri Lankan standards, they are just that. Whether they are in good taste is another matter entirely, in fact given the current moral compass of the current head of state, Iraj should be getting whipped by a giant stingray tail made entirely of smaller stingray tails.
His latest video has really touched a bit of a nerve because it pokes hole at the other relatively recent Sri Lankan ‘scandal’, that of music legend Victor Rathnayake and his much younger second wife. Now here’s the thing, that whole story went tits up and the moral police descended on Vic like a giant swarm of Indian cricket fans on Dhoni’s house when the Indian team lost a clutch match. But here’s the thing, for whatever reason Vic or his new wife went ahead with what they did, we really can’t say much about it really. Two consenting adults and all that. The man is a legendary artist of this country and well, is old enough (definitely old) to make his own decisions.
Now Iraj, whatever said and done, is a shrewd bastard and he knows damn well what gets the average Sri Lankan audience going. And let’s be honest, whilst he has taken a different path, the chap did his part when it came to putting Sri Lanka on the map. He also knows full well that in the end, when it comes to the broader Sri Lankan market, sex sells (hi dr, send bobs n vegene pls).
And so, putting it all together we get his latest video with a sprinkle of Sri Lanka’s own Kardashian knock-off, the lovely (?) Piumi whatsherface. What resulted was a Iraj’s take on V̶i̶c̶t̶o̶r̶ Hector Rathnayake (lets not leave an opportunity to get sued now shall we?). Now the funny thing is, until around the 3:45 min, it actually came of as a nuanced take on the marriage and until that point, I was wondering why facebook was losing it’s shit. Later I realized that that was the point that Iraj stopped directing the video and little Iraj took over. Because what followed was… well.. I don’t even know myself.
And as expected, we lost our shit, Iraj was an idiot, an insult, a visionary, a prick, a moron, a pathetic excuse for an artist, a pervert etc. And so we watched his video to really break it down to see how best to criticize OR praise it. We shared it with our friends, we made memes about it (who, me? that’s different ok?) and Iraj, he quietly saw it unfold and laughed all the way to the bank.
And now he’s ready for his next video.
And he has forever ruined Cheese sausages for me. I mean, I don’t care what they were trying to portray, that Cheese sausage totally looked soft, undercooked and the cheese looked old and terrible… wait…
Maybe Iraj is a visionary after all.
Actually, no, if he was, he would have used an overripe
ambul kesel instead of an anamalu.
I regret nothing.