Cast & Credits
crew of Api Merenne Ne
Palitha Silva (Manoj Amarajeewa)
Semini Iddamalgoda (Amarajeewa's wife)
Kumar Thirimadura (Manoj's friend)
Sanoja Bibile (Ginige's wife)
G B Gangodathenna
Camera : K D Dayananda
Make up : Sanira Dinesh Kumara
Art director: Lesley Wimal
Scripter : K B Herath
Producer : Ruwan Rukmal Thilakarathne Anusha Mediwaka
Assistant director : Roshan Jayasundara
Director : Mohan Niyaz
We Do not die
A Black comedy in local cinama for the first time:
Manoj Amarajeewa is a middle-aged father of two sons. They are on an
official trip on the company vehicle. Amarajeewa suddenly gets down to
attend an urgent matter. Within a few seconds the vehicle is blown off
by a claymore, killing all the passengers, making the company settle the
compensations in the aftermath.
Amarajeewa's plan is to get hold of the compensation, though the turn
of events is otherwise with his funeral held at his home. A disguised
Amarajeewa attends the funeral with Ginige, his only friend who knows
the truth. The funeral proceedings make Amarajeewa frustrated, however
he cannot commit suicide for obvious reasons!
Api Merenne Ne (We do not die) is the first Sri Lankan Black Comedy
based on a concept and the script by K B Herath.
"I have already introduced black comedy in stage plays. 'Maya Devi'
is a black comedy stage play I did in 1980."
Scripting a black comedy, however, was not easy for Herath, as it's
far deeper than an average comedy.
"Black comedy comes under the category of comedy. I had to make the
dialogues and situations humorous, but not comical. Sometimes you would
not even notice the humour."
The film shooting is to set off from October 7 with Mohan Niyaz
entering the directorial scene after a long break.
"I was fed up with filming. I wanted to do something new. I was quite
fascinated by the black comedy concept, because I have seen many films
of this type. Luckily K B Herath came to my help, and was ready to give
me a helping hand."
The movie is expected to be shot in Kandy and Kalutara for one month,
and is to be released towards the end of December.
Palitha Silva, who stars the main character, said the role is
"This is not exactly comical. Many comedies are popular, and you can
act in a funny way. But here you have no such freedom, as there should
some sort of serious acting as well."
Kalinga showcases his short films
A collection of short films, directed, cinematographed or edited by
Kalinga Deshapriya Vithanage will be screened at the Russian Cultural
Centre, Colombo 7, on September 16 at 6 p.m. The films titled 'Birdy',
'Tell Tale', 'Life Circle', 'Shutter', 'Elif's Seoulitude' and 'The
Legend of K' are all shot in South Korea and based on diverse themes.
Kalinga's love for cinema sparked at an early age. Hailing from
Anuradhapura, the talented youth chanced upon the set of avant-garde
filmmaker Asoka Handagama's tele drama Synthetic Sihina.
He later worked with veteran art director Rohan Samaradivakara on
Handagama's feature Me Magai Sandai (This is My Moon) and later formed
an alliance with cinematographer Channa Deshapriya who guided his
journey into filmmaking. He began working under Suren de Silva at Video
Image working as a lighting technician, camera assistant and later a
The Legend of K
Kalinga pursued a course in cinematography and was invited to the
Asian Film Academy and Pusan International Film Festival along with the
Korean Film Commission to study cinematography at the Korean academy of
Film Arts. He graduated this year and had made more than 10 short films
Machan wins at Venice Film Festival
produced by Prasanna Vithanage and directed by Uberto Pasolini has won
the European Award at the 65th Venice International Film Festival held
recently. This award enables the film to be screened in the European
Machan also won the award for the Best Film presented by the Italian
cinema industry at the same Festival. The Venice Film Festival the
oldest of its kind is considered one of three major international Film
Festivals now on.
NFC 2009 registration
The National Film Corporation (NFC) is in the process of collecting
data for the publication of their telephone directory for the year 2009.
All personal details pertaining to the film industry are expected to
be included in the new directory. Any change in information provided in
the 2008 directory and new artistes' details could be included in the
new directory, provided they are sent to the below address, before
October 10, 2008.
Deputy General Manager - Operations 303, Sri Lanka Film Corporation,
Colombo 7. (More information could be had from 2593430).
Jannat at Regal
Jannat is the story of a man caught in a quagmire of crime and
consumerism as he struggles to find heaven on earth.
is a reckless young man with an obsession for making money at card
games. A chance meeting with a girl in a mall, Zoya gives him the
reasons he was looking for to move out of his ordinary life. He steps up
from playing small-time card games to becoming a bookie.
Stuck in a triangle of sorts between the woman he loves and his
addiction to make a quick buck, Arjun moves on from being a bookie to a
runner for the mafia. He steps into the world of match fixing. Arjun
switches on the limelight to bigger, better, faster, more, until his
dizzying rise attracts the attention of the police.
How far will the horizon of reality stretch as Arjun and Zoya tread a
fine, fast-blurring line between right and wrong to find the heaven they
have been looking for? Jannat, directed by Mukesh Bhatt, will start
screening at Regal, Colombo, from September 19.