‘Bombs n’ Roses’
Talented young director Anuruddha Jayasinghe of Sankranthi and Davala
Duvili fame, had named his latest cinematic creation Bomba Saha Rosa
(Bombs n’ Roses). The Muhurath ceremony of the movie was held recently
in the NFC cinema hall.
The cast who will take part in the movie. Picture by Saman
The story is about the events which unfold in a day when a bomb blast
takes place in the city. One specialty about the film is that all the
characters are given equal prominence though Vishvanath Kodikara,
Upeksha Swarnamali, Bimal Jayakody and Mahendra Perera’s character stand
out slightly more than the rest. Jayani Senanayake, Dharshana Dharmaraj,
Suminda Sirisena, Sarath Kothalawala, Udayanthi Kulathunga, Kumara
Thirimadura, tharindu Wijesinghe, Somadasa Alakolanga, Sriyani Amarasena
and others take up characters in the movie produced by EricMakawita and
Lucky Imran’s production.
The cameraman is Channa Deshapriya while the art director is Jagath
Imbulpe. The assistant director is Priyantha Fernando, Priyantha
Sirikumara is the make up artist and Raja Ranasinghe is the production
The lyrics are by Kelum Srimal while Ranga Dassanayake is the music
director. Amal Perera provides the background vocals. Ranesh Nanayakkara
is the editor and the production coordination is managed by Sudath Silva
and Ajantha Ranasinghe. Charith Wickramatilleke had designed the
costumes while Chaminda Meemanage is the production manager.
Shooting will commence soon in areas around Colombo and the team is
hoping to release the creation at the end of the year.
“The film will provide a different experience for local moviegoers as
it revolves around a host of incidents connected to a bomb blast.
The bombs symbolize terrorism and horror while roses reflect
innocence and romance,” Anuruddha explained the unusual theme of his
A scene from Machan
Reema Narendran is film critic for the Thiruvananthapuram edition of
the ‘New Indian Express’. Giving her own views about the IFFK
(International Film Festival of Kerala) held at the end of last year
described the well-received Lankan film Machan described it as a
light-weight film which finally got the Audience Award.
Said she: “Directed by Uberto Pasolini from Italy, the film had the
audience rolling in laughter. There was not a single moment of silence
in the hall, with delegates appreciating every single frame, every
It would have been impossible for the audience not to be siding the
characters, who were very clearly on the other side of the law. Machan
is a movie that will be remembered for its unusual theme and the humour,
more than anything else.”
But I found the film a commentary on the predicaments of the Lankan
lower middle class people and of course with the added features that the
Kerala critic observed.
It was heartening to hear cine-artistes belonging to the majority
community in the calibre of Malini Fonseka and Ravindra Randeniya
recalling the valuable contributions that some members of the minority
communities made towards the development of nascent Sinhala Cinema more
than 50 years ago at a function held recently at the National Film
Corporation Hall announcing the envisaged establishment of establishment
of the Yaalpanam Art Centre somewhere in the peninsula.
While the Sinhala Cinema has rightly been acclaimed internationally,
the local Thamil Cinema could not make headway.
There were several obvious reasons for the backwardness. Among them
was the primary reason: the absence of knowledgeable people with
understanding of the Cinema medium taking up to filmmaking.
Beginning with Rekawa great artistes like Lester James Peries, Sri
Gunasinha, Mahagama Sekera, D B Nihalsinha, Vasantha Obeysekera,
Dharmasena Pathirajah, Tissa Abeysekera, Dharmasiri Bandaranaike, Gamini
Fonseka and others were not only educated and knowledgeable on what was
understood as “Cinema” but were also creative artistes in their own
As far as Lankan Thamil films were concerned only film enthusiasts
were engaged in filmmaking. They modelled their films on Thamilnadu
Although some felt that the Dharmasena Pathirajah directed Thamil
film Ponmani was the best Lankan film, I preferred that Vaadai Kaattu
directed by the late Moraes was substantially a better film.
The redeeming feature is that some excellent Short Films in Thamil
had been made by Lankans in recent times. Gnanadas is one who is
emerging as filmmaker who understands the medium.
The recent emergence of a few quality films from Koadambakkam in
Chennai show that those behind those films are educated and trained
filmmakers and artistes coming out of film schools.
Film Festival for International Women’s Day
The Women and Media Collective had organized Film Festival 2009, an
event to showcase four internationally acclaimed films for the fifth
consecutive year to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The following films will be screened at the Russian Cultural Centre,
Colombo 7, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Entrance free.
March 23 - ‘Brick Lane’, an English film directed by Sarah Gavron
Based on the award winning, best selling novel by Monica Ali, the
film ‘Brick Lane’ revolves around a young and Beautiful Bangladeshi
woman, Nazneen, who arrives in London after her arranged marriage at the
age of 17.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, she lives with her husband and two
children in London, while constantly yearning to be reunited with her
beloved sister back in her homeland.
March 24 - ‘Persepolis’, a French film with English subtitles
directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Based on her widely acclaimed autobiographical a graphic novels, the
two directors bring a classical masterpiece in the form of an animated
The creation is a powerful, compelling story of a young girl growing
up in Iran in the backdrop of the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s.
March 25 - ‘Australia’, an English film directed by Baz Luhrmann
Set in the era of World War II, the film is an epic and romantic
action adventure film that revolves around an English aristocratic woman
and the roughhewn local cattle drover.
March 26 - ‘The Secret Life of Bees’, an English film directed by
Gina Prince-Bythewood (screened at 6 p.m. only)
Based on the New York Times’ best selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, the
film is an enchanting and moving story which revolves around a 14 year
old girl named Lily Owen. Set in South Carolina in 1964, Lily lives a
life of despair with her abusive father.
Her mother is dead and she soon comes under the wind of a black woman
named Rosaleen. Although the Civil Rights Act has just taken effect,
Rosaleen is severely beaten up by a group of racist bigots in town; a
horrific incident witnessed by Lily. She runs away in search of her
mothers past taking her beloved Rosaleen with her.
‘Bonjour Cinema 2009’ takes over BMICH
‘Bonjour Cinema 2009’, aka the festival du film Francophone, will
take place for its sixth successful year at the BMICH from March 21 to
Two films from aspiring young filmmakers from Belgium, Canada,
France, Romania and Switzerland will be shown during the event.
This year’s festival had included a series of children’s movies from
each of the countries showcasing their creations. All the films are
subtitled in English. The event is presented by the Alliance Francaise
along with the high commissions of the countries taking part.
‘Sir, Last Chance’ here at last!
Veteran actor cum movie director, Roy de Silva’s much talked about
comedy film ‘Sir Last Chance’ will make its appearance at EAP circuit
movies from March 25.
The trailers of the movie had been released in cinemas some time back
and audiences were eagerly waiting to see Vijaya Nandasiri take up the
part of the heroic detective who never seems to take action according to
the way he plans.
‘Australia’ is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that
country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English
aristocrat travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a
rough-hewn local and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save
the land she inherited.
Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of
miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to
still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that
attacked Pearl Harbour. (20th Century Fox).
The cast is lead by Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack
Thompson, Bryan Brown, Brandon Walters, David Gulpilil, Essie Davis and
The movie, directed by Baz Luhrmann, will begin unspooling at
Majestic cinema from March 27.