by Ruwini JAYAWARDANA
Curtains rise for Suvisi Vivarana
Sriyantha and Damitha have a hearty laugh while Lakshman
Fernando looks on
The Muhurath ceremony for Sarath Dharmasiri’s Suvisi Vivarana was
held at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla, on June 27. Produced by Vision
Link Media (Pvt) Ltd and assistant directed by Prasanna Ittepana, Sarath
himself had written the screenplay for the movie.
Dharmasiri who had made his debut to the spotlight as a novelist has
four novels to his name. Though his maiden creation was Sada Sulang (The
violent winds) it was his second novel Katu Imbula which caught the eyes
and minds of the masses.
He extended his role from novelist to scriptwriter and assistant
director with creations like Bogala Saunderis, Chakrayuda, Gini Kirilli
(The fire bird) and Bherunda Pakshiya which also won him the award as
the best screen playwright.
Suvisi Vivarana is based on one of the ancient traditional dance
forms found in the country. It is set in the backdrop of a Buddhist
rural village and revolves around the life and interactions of several
families in the village.
Dance acts by Chandana and troupe
Director Sarath Dharmasiri
Speaking at the event Professor Sunil Ariyaratne stated that during
an era when there is a vacuum for good stories, Dharmasiri stands out
for his role as an exceptional storyteller while Professor Sunanda
pointed out that the title of the film stems from rituals and
is symbolic for its socio-religious content.
“One significant feature in Dharmasiri’s work is that he discovers
the past in terms of orientalism,” he said.
A cast with a large number of characters comprises Jayalath
Manorathna, Chandanie Senevirathna, Sanath Goonethilake, W. Jayasiri,
Damitha Abeyratna, Indika Upamali, Ajith Lokuge, Bertie Nihal Susiripala,
Wasanthi Ranwala, G. R. Perera, Giriraj Kaushalya, Richard Manamudali,
Malinda Perera and Aanya Manodhi.
The Suvisi Vivirana team
Sumedha Liyanage will be the director of photography while Ravindra
Guruge will act as the editor. Make up will be handled by Sanjaya
Nipunaarachchi and Nalaka Kuruppuarachchi will be t
he art director. The
choreographer will be Professor Mudiyense Dissanayaka while Janaka
Fonseka will be in charge of the music.
The movie will start shooting in Mawanella soon and hopes to be
released in the mid part of next year.
Pictures by Palitha Gunasena
Kanyavi to visit the wide screen
The Kanyavi team
Renowned playwright and teledrama director, Siritunga Perera, will
make his debut on the silver screen with Kanyavi.
The muhurath ceremony of the film was held recently at Elphinstone
theatre. Chairman of the National Film Corporation, Jayantha Dharmadasa,
was chief guest.
Indika Wijeratne will produce Kanyavi on behalf of Cine Vision Film
Corporation. The caste includes Sanath Gunatileke, Meena Kumari, Pubudu
Chathuranga, Himali Sayurangi and Sathishchandra Wijeratne in main roles
while Dilani Madurasinghe will make her debut.
Maestro Premasiri Kemadasa will direct the music while Upul Shantha
Sannasgala will pen the lyrics. Stanley de Silva will be the art
director. K.D. Dayananda will handle the camera and Derik Fernando will
be the cameraman of Kanyavi.
Udayakantha Warnasuriya Film Festival in Italy
Sri TV has made arrangements to telecast 4 films of the popular
Director Udayakantha Warnasuriya in Italy sponsored by the Aratuwa
Italia newspaper of Ceylinco Group. These films will be telecast every
saturday at 9.30 p.m. on Sri TV. Rajya Sevaya Pinisai, Rankevita and
Randiyadahara will be telecast on June 28, July 5 and 6.
This will be a good opportunity for the Sri Lankan Community in Italy
to view a series of popular films at a stretch.
Rajya Sevaya Pinisai
Dasavatharam reigns supreme
Kamal Haasan’s Dasavatharam is reigning supreme at the box office.
According to reports, the movie has witnessed bumper collections in all
the centers where the movie has been screened. The prospects of the
movie in urban centers look bright for the coming months too.
The grandeur and the 10 different roles of Kamal Haasan are the major
USP of the film. With avid Kamal fans keen to watch the movie another
time, the movie has managed to better the collections of other movies
Giving a close run to Dasavatharam is Santosh Subramaniam. This
feel-good film, which features Jayam Ravi and Genelia in lead roles has
completed a 50-day run and is marching strong. A pet-theme, catchy music
and stupendous performance by Genelia has done wonders for the movie.
Also in the hunt is the Vijay starrer Kuruvi. The Ghilli team (Dharani,
Vijay, Trisha and Vidyasagar) coming together raised tremendous
expectations. However, mixed reviews for the film couldn’t help its
cause. The mass-heroism and punch dialogues uttered by Vijay managed to
woo Vijay audience.
Dasavatharam is screening at Cine City, Maradana, Liberty cinema,
Kollupitiya, Savoy, Wellawatta, and Samantha, Dematagoda.