Sarasaviya Awards hits the stage again
You cannot mention Hollywood without
remembering the Oscars and you cannot imagine Bollywood without
reflecting on Filmfare. Similarly you cannot imagine Sri Lankan cinema
without reckoning the Sarasaviya Awards
Movie addicts sadly missed the opportunity to witness this
fascinating event which brings together some of the most prominent and
sought after figures in local cinema under one roof last year. However
the much-awaited ceremony which celebrates creativity and talent merges
with experience and commitment is back after a two-year hiatus. The 32nd
Sarasaviya Awards will unfurl at the BMICH on January 2 from 6 p.m. to 8
Incepted in 1964 at Asoka Cinema, Grandpass, the Sarasaviya Awards
has always been a noted event in the country’s arts calendar. It is
organized by Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.’s popular cinema
weekly, the Sarasaviya magazine.
Fifteen remarkable movies which have been screened in 2007 and 19
films from 2008 have been nominated to compete for this year’s festival
along with some enchanting dance items choreographer by globally
acclaimed dancer Channa Wijewardena.
Awards for the best up coming actor and actress, best supporting
actor and actress, best singer, best script writer, best director, best
cameraman etc. will be presented along with a number of other awards.
The most popular actor and actress awards for 2008 will not be chosen
but the most popular film of the year will be felicitated at the
The Ranathisara awards which are handed over to two artists who have
been a pride to the industry along with Rs. 100, 000 each and the
Ranapala Bodhinagoda Commemorative Award for the renowned writer in the
local scene are included in the list.
“We hope to add a novel touch to this year’s ceremony. The theme will
be ‘Victory’ and we will engage novice actors who have shown a lot of
promise in cinema along with the experienced campaigners,” Sarasaviya
editor Gamini Samarasinghe who nspearheads the event opined his views.
The stage settings are by Ravindra Guruge onbehalf of T.V.T. The
event is sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom.
What they say...
Sarasaviya Film Awards is the pioneering awards ceremony in the
island. It is considered as the benchmark of the Sri Lankan film awards
and since it is associated with the leading film magazine in the
country, both the awards ceremony and the magazine have grown together
alongside the industry for nearly half a century.
It had played a leading role in encouraging the seasoned as well as
the new artistes who wish to make a noteworthy impact on the industry.
We will always remember it with gratitude.
I was actually asked to be a part of the jury in this year’s festival
but I declined the offer. Selecting the winner is a subjective and
collective decision. We have been through this process for nearly fifty
I won the award for best editor for Gamperaliya at the inaugural
Sarasaviya Awards ceremony and clinched the award for best director
several times but now it is the ceremony had taken a monotonous turn.
The same people are included in the jury each year. That is rather
I have clinched several Sarasaviya awards for the past years that I
have been working in the industry and am pleased that such an event had
been organized to felicitate those who are striving to uplift the
industry. It has a motivating impact on all those who are involved.
The glomourous ceremony with its colourful dance performances
celebrates a realm of creativity.
I am currently involved with the rehearsals of this year’s Ridee
Reyake but I would always allocate a time to take part in the Sarasaviya
I won the best actor award at the recently OCIC awards for Nilambera
for which I also clinched at the past Sarasaviya Award. The ceremony has
a lot of responsibility and acceptance in the field and many of the
other award ceremonies take their choice into account when they choose
the best creations and artistes in the scene.
Lately the scene had become highly politicized. Though the heroes of
films are normally given a cover page, Sarasaviya ignored this policy
after my films Leader and Paya Enna Hiru Se were released. This was
after I joined politics. I kindly request and hope that the authorities
of the awards ceremony to make independent decisions sans political or
personal agendas and treat each of the artistes in the industry
Sankara - Prasanna Jayakody
Dhana Rina - Roy de Silva
Ran Kevita - Udayakantha Warnasuriya
Sankranthi - Anuruddha Jayasinghe
Tharuka Mal - Milton Jayawardena
Aaganthukaya - Wasantha Obeysekara
Uppalavanna - Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne
Nisala Gira - Thanuj Anavaratne
First Love Pooja - Kusum Chandra Gamage
Vada Bari Tarzan - Sunil Soma Peries
Sikuru Hathe - Giriraj Kaushalya
No Problem Darling - Kusum Chandra Gamage
Hi Master - Ranjith Siriwardena
Aasai Mang Piyabanna - Udayakantha Warnasuriya
Yahaluwo - Sumithra Peries
Heart FM - Senesh Dissanayake Bandara
Vada Bari Tarzan Mathi Sabayata - Sunil Soma Peries
Aadara Meena - Keerthi Bandara
Hathara Dennama Soorayo - Neel Rupasinghe
Sandalu Tahlayen Eha - H.M. Gamini Pushpakumara
Super Star - A.A. Junaideen
Sura Sapa Soya - Luvi Vandarstarten
Rosa Kele - Sanjaya Nirmal
Rosa Diganthe - Suresh Kumarasinghe
Nildiya Yahana - Dayaratne Ratagedara
Aadarae Namayen - R. Sooryan and S. Nadange
Machan - Uberto Pasolini
Pitasakvala Kumarayai Pancho Hathai - Sirimal Wijesinghe
Ali Pancha Mage Mithura - Jude M. Mutthaiya
Prabhakaran - Thushara Peries
Valapatala - Vijitha Gunaratne
Siri Raja Siri - Somaratne Dissanayake
Ai Oba Thani Vela - Ranjith Jayasinghe
Aba - Jackson Anthony