Udayakantha's Hiripoda Wessa:
A welcome drizzle to the arid cinemascape
IN his film career spanning the last decade, Udayakantha Warnasuriya
has always attempted to focus on different aspects and social groups,
which largely helped him gain a good response from critics and as well
Now in his latest film - Siripoda Wessa (A Beautiful Drizzle) too,
Udayakantha has shifted his focus to youngsters - mostly teenagers in
the Advanced Level classes.
The film revolves round a group of A/L students who take everything
simply and do whatever that comes to their mind. Yet they have a
responsibility towards their families.
In this film, Udayakantha goes on to portray the personal lives of
three boys who are about to achieve a significant milestone in their
lives while facing many challenges and yet focusing on education.
Pathum, Ramith and Prageeth are best friends and are among a group of
several other youth who are in the same class at school.
These three come from different family backgrounds - one is the son
of postman, the second belongs to a middle class family whose father is
a garage owner and the third is from a wealthy family.
Pathum meets a beautiful schoolgirl and they fall in love while her
brother challenges Pathum to run naked on the street in the city and
climb a lamp post if he is a true lover. He accepts the challenge, runs
naked and is taken into Police custody.
Prageeth's mother dies while on a foreign trip and his father marries
another woman. Prageeth suspects his father for her mother's death and
starts a quarrel with his father.
Ramith who is always ready to help others' lives in the same housing
complex where a young and beautiful teacher named Arosha lives. She
becomes their new Botany teacher.
She invites Ramith at midnight when no one is in the house and
requests him to remove a body of person who had come to molest her. They
take the body and put it in a garbage box. A few days back, Ramith sees
the same person on a bus.
They encounter various problems, hardships, misery and happy moments
faced by these youngsters whose lives are at a significant threshold and
about to change forever.
The film stars Chathurika Peiris, Anarkali Akarsha, Harshani Perera,
Jayalath Manoratne, Roshan Ranawana, Jayantha Atapattu, Pubudu
Chathuranga, Jeewarani Kurukulasuriya and Vijaya Corea.
The camera director is Jayanath Gunawardena while editing is by
Ravindra Guruge. Music is by Bhathiya and Santhush. The film's assistant
director is Donald Jayantha.
The film's story and script is by Udayakantha himself. Hiripoda Wessa
is produced by Soma Edirisinghe for EAP Films.
Udayakantha believes that the film would appeal to local movie lovers
and would be a sensational experience.
UDAYAKANTHA Warnasuriya is a well-known teledrama and film director
in Sri Lanka. He studied at Isipathana College, Richmond College (Galle)
and Royal College.
He began his media career as a creative artist in one of Sri Lanka's
leading advertising agencies. He later went on to establish his own
advertising firm in Colombo.
He rose to prominence as a director of successful teledramas, the
most popular ones being Menik Ketayama, Humalaya, Ekagei Kurullo,
Diyasuliya, and Sagaraya Parada which have been broadcast on Rupavahini
and other Leading TV Channels.
To date he has eleven feature films to his credit. Mahamera Usata (To
the highest point of a Gigantic - 1997), Giniavi saha Ginikeli (Living
with Terror - 1998), Bahubhary (Polygamy - 1999), Rajya Sevaya Pinisai
(On State Service - 2000), Rosa Wasanthae (Spring of Rose - 2001),
Bahubootayo (Clowns), Le Kiri Kandulu (Blood and Tears - 2002), Yakada
Pihatu (Iron Feathers - 2003), Diyayata Gindara (Fire Under Water),
Randiadahara (Shower of Gold - 2004) and Hiripoda Wessa (2005) are the
titles of the films he directed.
These films have been acclaimed by cinema critics and fans, some of
them have won awards at film festivals in Sri Lanka.
At the Presidential Award Ceremony in 2000 the film Rajya Sevaya
Pinisai (on State Service) carried 10 awards including best screenplay
and best direction. Randiyadahara also won several awards at the
Presidential and Sarasavi Awards Ceremony 2004.
Udayakantha, married with two children, is now fully occupied in the
Sri Lanka film and teledrama industry.