Of love and snakes:
THE latest movie to hit the local screen - "Naga Kanya" - is now
being screened countrywide.
The film starring veteran actor Sanath Gunathilake and popular
actress Dilani Ashokamala brings you a rather fascinating experience
with a different theme.
Well-known actor Arjuna Kamalanath also plays a prominent role. Its
director is A.A. Junaideen.
The film is woven around a newly married person named Saman (Sanath)
who gets a new life over the killing of a cobra when he was a child.
A couple who had become cobras due to a curse is about to get human
lives when the male cobra is killed to give life to Saman (Sanath) and
the female cobra is determined to take revenge for this.
The hermit who cures the boy advises parents to send the boy out of
the country as the female cobra is trying to kill him.
The parents send Saman to India in order to save his life where he
marries Madhu (Dilhani), a young girl who comes to India to study music.
Despite opposition from Saman's mother, they come to Sri Lanka for a
The female cobra who was determined to take revenge now comes after
the couple and finds that the easiest way to take her revenge is through
The soul of the female cobra gets into the body of Madhu who
thereafter becomes fully influenced by the cobra.
Saman's brother Jagath (Arjuna) who studies snakes suspects the
unusual behaviour of her sister-in-law. Will his intervention be able to
save the life of his brother?
The film is packed with tension with a cast of real snakes and the
film would give a novel experience to the film lovers.
The film's script is also by Junaideen himself while the producer is
The rest of the cast comprises M.K. Sudakar, K. Janaki, Harinath and
Rex Kodippili. Camera is by Lalith Thomas.
Junaideen started his career in the middle of the 1960s as the script
writer of the Sri Lanka's first local Tamil film "Taxi Driver" directed
by T. Somasekeran. Thereafter, he contributed to over 20 locally made
Junaideen commented that he got the idea for this film from his
long-standing university friend. "It was in my mind for a long period
before turning into a script." Since now it is on ceulloid reels, you
all can see and enjoy his creation which promises novel expereince to
Unplugged: Marians live-in-concert at BMICH
MUSIC lovers will avail the opportunity of watching quite a different
performance by Marians led by Nalin Perera when "Unplugged " goes on
stage at the BMICH today. ANCL is the principal media sponsor of the
Marians: songs with a different flavour
The concert mainly consists of new versions of old Sinhala, Hindi and
English songs in addition to songs originally composed by the Marians.
It will allow local music lovers the opportunity of listening to new
versions of old Sinhala, Hindi and English songs with a different
Nalin says the concert will be a trendsetter exploring new dimensions
The songs which will be sung at the BMICH were originally presented
as a concert on the anniversary celebrations of Sirasa FM and the
overwhelming response at its maiden performance prompted Marians to make
it a concert with a different identity.
He says that Marians are always associated with fast rhythms but this
concert will be a different one.
"There is a large audience for this type of music and they are
eagerly waiting for a concert with that flavour of music.
We thought of making these songs a concert on the basis of the good
response we got for our first concert. The quality of Sinhala music has
deteriorated, especially the music and songs over FM channels, he said.
This concert will offer a kind of music that can be emulated by
amateur instrument players. "I believe somebody has to make a start and
if I as the leader of Marians failed to make that start with such a pool
of talented players, it is a crime.This will be wonderful concert with
rich music and songs," Nalin noted.