Sir, Last Chance !
Hit filmmaker Roy de Silva’s latest movie, ‘Sir Last Chance’ starring
Vijaya Nandasiri and Lucky Dias in the lead roles along with a host of
other popular stars will be released on March 25 at EAP theaters
Vijaya and Lucky in a scene from ‘Sir, Last Chance’ Picture by
Saman Sri Wedage
Produced by Soma Edirisinghe, the movie is made in DTS cinemascope
Anarkalli Aakarsha, Anusha Damayanthi, Nilanthi Dias, Sanath
Wimalasiri, Palitha Silva, Arjun Kamalahasan, Priyantha Pathirage,
Rodney Warnakula, Anton Jude, Priyantha Seneviratne, Janesh Silva,
Chathura Perera, Teddy Vidyalankara, Tyronne Michael along with debutant
Anura Pathirana are the other key players in the film.
Sir Last Chance is a private detective who has a huge crowd of people
named the F.P.I (Federal People’s Investigators) working under him. They
are funded by the US to take care of matters which are too tough to be
handled by their F.B.I.
A string of comic incidents follow when a Sri Lankan filmmaker
decides to engage two Indian actresses for his newest production.
As the other local artistes are agitated over this decision he is
forced to seek out the help of Sir Last Chance and his team.
Sir Last Chance finds himself tangled with a hilarious set of events
as he tries to ensure the security of the foreign actresses while a plot
is hatched to kidnap them.
Priyantha Pathirage is the assistant director while Pushpakumara
Bandara Rajaguru is the cameraman. The film was shot in locations in and
around Colombo, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela.
Praveen Jayaratne is the editor and Jayaratne Galagedara is the
Manjula Ayagama is the arts director while Palitha Tennakoon is the
production executive. All the equipment for the film were provided by
Dil Films International.
The film includes four songs by Uresha Ravihari, Sangeeth
Wickramasinghe, Vijaya Nandasiri, Rodney Warnakula and Ivanka Peiris.
Music is by Rohana Weerasinghe and Sangeeth Wickramasinghe.
Vijaya and Malini in a scene from Kinduru Kumari
A felicitation ceremony to mark the 21st death anniversary of late
actor Vijaya Kumaratunga will be held at the New Cinema Hall, National
film Corporation on March 3 at 6 p.m.
Sunil Ariyaratne’s film Kinduru Kumari which stars Vijaya in the lead
role will be screened after 30 years. Minister of
Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Mahinda Yapa
Abeywardena will be the chief guest.
NFC Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa and other distinguished guests will
also take part.
Jolie at her best
Angelina Jolie stars as Christine Collins, an unsung figure from
American history. A respectable single mother in 1920s Los Angeles, she
one day comes home from work to find that her little son, Walter, has
A scene from ‘The Changeling’
Already embarrassed by its reputation for incompetence and
corruption, the Los Angeles Police Department frantically searches for
the boy to give the press a good-news story but when a little lad is
duly pushed into the bewildered woman’s arms in front of hordes of
reporters, Christine insists that this is not her son.
The LAPD, in the form of hatchet-faced Capt JJ Jones (Jeffrey
Donovan) and Police Chief James Davis (Colm Feore), arrogantly refuse to
admit their mistake, but with the help of a campaigning clergyman, Rev
Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich), Christine takes on the whole rotten
system of lying officialdom.
As the mystery of her missing son deepens, Christine faces the
chilling fury of an establishment that can’t bear to be challenged.
Owing to her efforts wrongdoing is exposed, but Christine must now face
an awful possibility about what might actually have happened to her
There is no original book or magazine article about the Christine
Collins case: screenwriter and former journalist J Michael Straczynski
developed his story directly from newspaper files and old City Hall
Truth is stranger than fiction, they say - and harder to
compartmentalise. ‘The Changeling’, directed by Clint Eastwood, will
begin screening at Majestic cinema from March 6.
Tikiri Suwanda shooting in Narammala
Sunil Aruna Weerasiri’s maiden cinematic direction, Tikiri Suwanda is
being shot in locations in Narammala these days.
The film is based on a story of a child who sets an example to the
society which had mistreated him through various actions.
Child actors Malisha Samaratunga and Pramod Mihiranga Weerasiri are
introduced to cinema through Tikiri Suwanda while child vocalist
Harshana Madava is introduced to back ground singing.
Ramya Vanigasekara and Malisha Samaratunge in a scene from
Award winning actor Joe Abeywickrama comes back to the reel after a
minor pause. Anula Karunatilleke, Jayalal Rohana, Giriraj Kaushalya,
Duleeka Marapana, Ramya Vanigasekara, Anura Bandara Rajaguru, Sarath
Kothalawala, Janaka Ranasinghe, Sarath chandrasiri, Rodney Warnakula,
Pramudi Karunaratne, Nirdha Uyanheva, Upeksha Swarnamali, Saranapala
Jayasuriya, Priyantha Seneviratne and others make up the cast.
The movie will be shot using cinemascope technology. Assistant
cameraman from India, Venketeshvara Ravo and Shashidher Palishetty of
Ananda Cine Service, Chennai will also contribute to the making of the
K.D. Dayananda handles the camera. The music is by Rohana Weerasinghe.
Visharada Nanda Malini, Senanayake Verraliyadda and Rodney Warnakula
provide background vocals to lyrics penned by Ven. Rambukkana Siddhartha
and Bandula Nanayakkara Wasam.
Priyantha Pathirage and Ananda Kapuge are the assistant directors of
Tikiri Suwanda. Lionel Gunaratne is the production manager, Sumith
Prasanna the assistant production manager, Sumathi Kudaligama the art
director and make up is handeled by Nimal Rajapakse.
The production executive is Kanthi Weerasiri and Mahesh Nishantha is
in charge of the still photography. The story and dialogues are by Lal
Pagodarachchi while director Weerasiri had scripted and produced the
movie on behalf of Arunakanthi Films.
Pram Dissanayake, Rohana Siriwardena and Yapa Bandara Senaviratne are
in charge of the plans for distribution and media coordination of Tikiri
Indian Maestros in filmmaking
There are two kinds of film criticism: film journalism and film
criticism per se. Film journalists write about film personalities-news,
views, interviews, gossips, juicy stories etc.
Film Critics on the other hand write about serious cinema and analyze
films as if a literary critic would analyze a work of literature.
Most readers particularly the young ones enjoy entertaining films
that are glamorous and spectacular. They have their own favourite actors
and would like to be one like them. This is natural. But there are films
that are of social content and serious and artistic which many of us do
not have the opportunities to see.
This is because the exhibitors want to make money by showing box
office success films only. So a majority of the viewers know only about
popular and entertaining films that keep viewers escape from reality.
Cinema is an art. Film appreciation or criticism is taught in the
universities to students who want to understand society and culture via
In Lanka we see Sinhala, Thamil (films produced in India), Hindi
(films produced in India) and English (mainly from Hollywood). As far as
Indian films are concerned there are at least a dozen ace film makers
who have made artistic films. Most of them are from North India. One or
two are from Kerala in South India.
In this week’s column I wish to mention the names of some of these
Maestros of Indian Cinema. If we were to take in alphabetical order the
following names come to mind immediately:
G Aravindan, Jahnu Barua, Shyam Benegal, Goutam Ghose, Adoor
Gopalakrishnan, Mani Kaul, Ketan Mehta, Saeed Mirza, Govind Nihalani,
Sai Paranjpye, Satyajit Ray, Mirnal Sen, Kumar Sahani and Shaji N Karun.
This list is not exhaustive because there are some fine newcomers who
have shown great artistic merit. For instance filmmakers in the calibre
of Girish Karnard, Girish Kasaravalli, Aparna Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta,
Nirad Mahapatra, Kundan Shah, Tapan Sinha, Vijay Mehta have made a
strong impact in making the Indian artistic cinema to great heights.
The term ‘Cinema’ defies classification and presently it is now
accepted that there is only ‘good cinema’ and ‘bad cinema’ In that event
the names of directors from Bollywood and Kollywood and other areas of
filmmaking like Andhra would find a place.
Not many have heard of a Malayalam director by name G Aravindan. He
died I liked two of his films - Chidambaram and Vasthuhara.
The first film featured a very talented Marati actress the late Smita
Patel. In an interview, Aravindan said: that he had seen the same films
mainly Thamil films many times as a child. “I was attracted by the
music, the dances. I was fascinated by the famous Thamil actor Chinnappa.
In one film he played as many five roles, it was quite magical to see
him singing, playing a violin, playing the lead role, all at the same
time. The thought of one man doing many things simultaneously excited
Blanchett to star in ‘Robin Hood’ remake
Oscar-winning Australian icon Cate Blanchett is to play Maid Marian
in a Robin Hood remake starring Russell Crowe, entertainment industry
press reported Thursday.
Blanchett, 39, will play the outlaw’s love interest in the film,
which sees Crowe team with British director Ridley Scott again following
earlier movies including “Gladiator” and “American Gangster,” Daily
Initial reports about the film said Crowe would star as Robin Hood’s
arch-enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, in a film to be called
However, Crowe is now expected to play the English outlaw who robs
the rich to give to the poor, with the movie set for a title change.
Blanchett, an Oscar-winner for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in
2004’s “The Aviator”, was most recently seen in “The Curious Case of