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Udayakantha reels in his latest film

Renowned director Udayakantha Warnasooriya is now busy shooting his latest film "Le Kiri Kandulu" (Blood, Milk and Tears), based on a true story.

Udayakantha believes this film would mark a milestone in his career in the film industry. His previous film "Bahuboothayao" (Weirdos) added a new dimension to the local silver screen with the use of blue screen technology (for digital effects on screen) for the first time in a Sinhala movie.

His new film revolves round a tragic incident in which a woman is killed in a motor accident. A middle aged executive officer (veteran Tony Ranasinghe) faces a road traffic mishap on a dark night and the 10 months old infant of Veena (Nilmini Tennakoon) succumbs to injuries. With sorrow and shock, Veena resorts to legal action.

Udayakantha says the plot has a different theme that would appeal to all filmgoers. The story and script are also by Udayakantha.

Shooting commenced a week ago in Colombo and will end on Christmas Day. The film will be ready for screening early next May.

The cast comprises Sanath Gunathilake, Sriyani Amarsena, Nisansala Jayathunga, Buddhika Jayaratne, Nethali Nanayakkara and Palitha Galappatty.

Director of Photography is Jayanath Gunawardena while music is by Sangeeth Wickremesinghe. The film is produced by Millennium Entertainment.

Newspaper and commercial artist turned film director Udayakantha has focused on many aspects of human nature, family life, underworld, politics and youth problems in his previous films. "I never learnt the film medium as a subject, it was more trial and error and I did scripts for all my films."

Another Udayakantha film is lined up for screening shortly - Yakada Pihatu (Iron Feathers) revolving round an army deserter and a widow, reflecting the nature of human relationships in contemporary society.


Jurassic Park : Three times a winner

You have seen the first two (apparently half the planet has) and now you can see the third. This time, the stars are bigger, faster and more ferocious than ever. We are back in Jurassic Park.

The third instalment of Steven Spielberg's dinosaur fest is set in Isla Sorna, eight years after John Hammond introduced his "genetically engineered theme park monsters" as aptly described by Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), the film's leading human star.

Dr. Grant is happy with his life, far from any living dinosaurs. He still studies fossils and in fact tells a forum that fossil fields are where "real scientists make real discoveries". He is also certain that "no force on Earth can get me back on that island (Jurassic Park) again".

Unfortunately, he is extremely short of research money and accepts the offer of wealthy businessman Paul Kirby: A low flight over isolated Isla Sorna, where InGen's second research site was located to celebrate his wedding anniversary.

"You see, Dr. Grant, I can write all sorts of numbers on this cheque," says Kirby as he pulls the cheque book out. Next, we find the intrepid Dr. Grant, Kirby (William Macy) and his wife Amanda (Tea Leoni) in a plane flying low over Isla Sorna.

What Dr. Grant does not know is that Kirby just needs a dinosaur expert to help him and his wife find their 14-year-old son Eric, who crashed on the island while paragliding. What he did suspect, but never wanted to witness is that the Velociraptors have evolved into a communicating species (and seemingly all along had the capability to do so). They could even be smarter than primates.

Isla Sorna, now abandoned, is now an island of dinosaurs roaming freely. They have conquered land, water and the sky. The infamous island, once InGen's site B, has become a primordial breeding ground for Hammond's magnificent creations. When a tragic accident (you guessed it - the plane crash lands and a dinosaur very nearly kills them all) maroons the party of seven, Grant discovers the true reason his deceptive hosts have invited him along.

Grant also discovers Eric by accident. United at last, they are forced to encounter more fearsome creatures before reaching the shore. In their perilous attempt to escape, the dwindling group encounters terrifying new creatures engineered by InGen and Grant learns the dreadful implications of his raptor intelligence theory first hand.

As Geoff Goldblum's character says in the first film "life finds a way". The film compensates for this familiar outlook with two or three 'new' dinos - the Spinosaurus (bigger than T-Rex) and the high-flying Pteranodan. All the dinosaurs are much more lifelike, having received finishing touches using the latest computer technology. They are the real stars of the film.

You do not have to go to Costa Rica to come to face with these prehistoric giants, though. The Liberty is more like it.



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