A couple of weeks backed I watched the movie “Invictus” starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Morgan Freeman has done a perfect justice to Nelson Mandela’s character. A heartfelt admiration for such a great actor for portraying before us such a brilliant piece of act. The movie has made me respect Nelson Mandela more and more. Let me admit it, I knew very little about him and his noble thoughts & opinions before I watched this movie – the only thing I knew was he served in prison for 27 years before serving as President of South Africa. The movie Invictus brings me a step closer in knowing this Nobel Peace laureate – his anti-apartheid movement and his vision of making South Africa a multi-racial democracy. I was pleased to learn through the movie that his efforts made South Africa what it is today – a balanced and peaceful multi-racial land for people to live on with full freedom. The movie has Morgan Freeman believing in a short poem “Invictus” written by William Ernest Henley. It inspires him to persevere in spite of all sorrows, pain and obstacles. Invictus is Latin for ‘unconquered’…
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Photo Courtesy :
Theatrical release poster of the movie “Invictus” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HumanFactorInvictus.jpg
Nelson Mandela – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit).jpg