Sixes on top!
Udara starts innings on the largest commercial
budgeted movie in Sri Lanka:
‘Six men. One game. A hundred dreams.’ This is just a short outline
of what is in store in the biggest budget movie ever to be made in Sri
Lanka. Super Six centers on one of the country’s passions, cricket. The
spirit of the game along with sub themes like friendship, romance and
rivalry make up Udara Palliyaguruge’s cinematic debut.
Scenes from Super Six
Roumoured to be the largest commercial budgeted movie to be made in
Sri Lanka with a production cost of Rs 77 million, Super Six comprises a
cast of over 600 artistes. Around 160 actors will portray roles on
screen while 90 technical staff will work on the sets.
The cast led by Roshan Ranawana, Saranga Dissasekara and Hemal
Ranasinghe includes Sanath Gunatileke, Mahendra Perera, Paboda
Sandeepani, Duleeka Marapana, Maleeka Sirisenage, Anton Jude, Suneth
Chitrananda, Sangeetha Sadani, Manike Attanayake, Chitra Warakagoda,
Priyantha Seneviratne, Rodney Warnakula, Jeevan Handuneththi and others
in significant roles.
Former Miss Sri Lanka Aruni Rajapaksa will make her debut to cinema
in the film. Director Paliyaguruge is well versed in the arts scene. He
holds a degree in Cinema from the Asian Academy of Film and TV, India,
and diplomas in Fine Arts and Mass Media. He was trained in filmmaking
at the New York Film Academy, USA. Having directed over 500 television
commercials Paliyaguruge went on to excel as a program producer and
director for MTV Channels (Pvt) Ltd.
He is also the head of Aristo films, a local film production company
founded in 2005.
“The film captures the spirit of one of Sri Lanka’s favourite
pastimes. It focuses on a group of youths from Moratuwa who engage in a
battle for power by competing in a six a side tournament,” Palliyaguruge
He also stated that the match is intertwined with incidents from the
team’s off-the-pitch lifestyles. Humour, music and romance are combined
into the plot.
The ultimate price is in the life experiences and lessons that the
youths share on their winning streak. Yet the conquest does not lie in
winning the match. Rather it is a triumph through loss.
“The ending is not the conventional victory that you might expect to
see in most of the stereotyped sports movies.
It is a unique project of high quality from the cast to the
It will mark a milestone in my life for it is a dream I have been
striving to achieve,” the director who had thought out of the box
Super Six will be produced by R Sadesh Kumar and Shrimathi Sadesh
Kumar on behalf of Real Image (Pvt) Ltd.
Donald Jayantha is the assistant director, Anura Ekanayake the script
writer, R Costa the cinematographer and M Ayagama the art director for
The production managers are A Ariyaratne and Shanaka. The costume
designer is Sumathi Kudaligama while the make up department will be
handled by I Udaralanka.
Mahesh Denipitiya and Iraj Weeraratne will handle the music and Nilar
Cassim, Nandana Wickramage and Wasantha Bandara Dukgannarala penned the
lyrics which will be sung by Rookantha Gunatileke, Champa Kalhari,
Shihan Mihiranga, Surendra Perera and Iraj Weeraratne.
Filming began in Sri Lanka and Malaysia and will run till November.
The cinemascope DTS Dolby project promises to bowl over moviebuffs as it
hits the wide screen within a year.
Sinhavalokanaya takes to the hills
* Director:Suneth Malinga Lokuhewa
* Producers:Maclans Holdings company, Ravi Hans Vetakepotha and Pasan
* Assistant directors: Ranjan Prasanna, Dhanushka Jayawardena and
Ananda S Kapuge
* Dialoges: Kapila Kumara Kalinga
* Cinematographer: Prabath Roshan
* Production managers: Palitha Thennakoon and Erroll Jayawardena
* Costumes and Art direction: Ehaliyagoda Somatileke
* Make up: Tharaka Adhikari
* Assistant make up artistes: Susantha Navaratne and Charith
* Music: Ravi Hans
* Music scores: Rukantha Gunatilleke
* Editor: Praveen Jayaratne
* Fight director: Vasantha Kumaravila
* Choreography: Shan Perera
* Production coordination: Sugath Sisira
Cricket fever continues in Suneth Malinga Lokuhewa’s debut cinematic
venture Sinhavalokanaya. The movie which had been shooting in the cool
and misty climate of Hantana in July concluded shooting at the NCC
sports ground recently with cwlwbrated cricketers Lasith Malinga and
Tillakarate Dilshan exhibitiong some of their talents for the camera.
Here is a peek at what is in store as Daily News ‘Projector’ got
together with the team in their ventures in the hills.
Trekking up the greeny hills with the cast who were clad in
traditional Sinhala garments you’d wonder if you have transcended back
in time to the 1940s. This is the period when patriotism reigned and Sri
Lanka was about to break free from colonialism.
Scenes from Sinhavalokanaya
Pictures by Tennyson Edirisinghe
First up you have Sanath Gunatileke sporting the attire of a town
headsman. Dillhani Ashokamala, dressed in a jacket and sari, carries off
a traditional village woman. Damitha Abeyratne and Kusum Renu too have
been transformed to take on the look of the 1940s with their finely
embroidered blouses and colourful saris.
A smiling Raini Charuka Gunathilaka, daughter of yesteryear singing
duo Rukantha and Chandraleka Gunathilaka, and the lead actress of the
movie poses for a picture with her leading man, Delon Jayasinghe. Both
youths will make their entrance to the reel with the movie. Music fans
will no doubt remember Raini for the track she sang with Gypsies leader
Sunil Perera’s son Gayan Perera.
The theme of the movie is based on cricket. It is a sport that was
introduced to us by the British. With the passage of time locals took to
the game with zest and excelled in the techniques. This real-life
journey is mirrored in the plot which deals with two teams, one
comprising Sri Lankans and the other British, competing against each
Flowing along with the game is a touching love story between one of
the key players of the teams and a village lass. Their relationship is
suddenly disrupted by a third party in the form of a British lady who
helps the team to learn the game. Will the Sri Lankan team overcome the
hurdle? Is more than just their pride on the line? Moviegoers will have
to wait for the answers till the project finishes shooting and joins the
queue to be screened at theatres.
Irangani Serasinghe, Menaka Rajapaksa. Cletus Mendis, Jayalal Rohana,
Palitha Silva, G R Perera, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Seetha Kumari, Moreen
Charuni, Pubudu Chathuranga and others too portray roles in the
Images for war heroes
Prathiroo (Images), the maiden cinematic venture by Dr Kapila
Krishantha Sooriyarachchi is a mark of tribute to war heroes and their
families. Set in the rural backdrop of a village in the island, the
story revolves around a courageous village woman named Leelavathi and
her son, Wickrama Ranaweera.
Wickrama is a studious lad. He excells in studies and is a bookworm.
However his world changes in an instance when the villagecomes under
LTTE attack. This incident changes his destiny. He decides to join the
army with his mother’s blessings.
Army life sharpens his determination to free his motherland from the
clutches of terrorism. However he is torn apart once he gets news that
his mother is fatally ill. He wavers between the decision of returning
back to the village to take care of his frail mother and the need to
serve his country. His mother relates that there is no difference
between the mother who bore him and the country which provided the
background for his upbringing. The movie flows along with Wickrama’s
decision and his attitudes towards his two mothers: the mother who gave
birth to him and motherland.
Director Dr Sooriyarachchi is a past pupil of Ananda Central College,
Elpitiya and D S Senanayake College, Colombo. He joined the Russian
State University in 1983 and graduated in medicine. He had studied drama
and acting at Gorky Arts Faculty and had been a drummer and vocalist for
the university’s music band. He had also made his mark in the motors
sports sene in Russia.
He had worked in the medical profession for eight years in
Polonnaruwa before becoming the Communication expert at the Health
Education unit. He had spearheaded many documentaries, teledramas, tele
films, cartoons and commercials embodying health issues and had put
together a 80 song community musical program named Sala Nisala. He is
also a well known lyricist and has penned around 120 songs.
After becoming the first physician to make a teledrama series he is
set to be the first physicians to make a film with Prathiroo.
The movie will star Malani Fonseka, Joe Abeywickrama, Jagath
Benaragama, Veena Jayakody, Sriyantha Mendis, Palitha Silva, Giriraj
Kaushalya, Vijeratne Warakagoda, Jagath Chamila, Gamini Hettiarachchi,
Damayanthi Fonseka, Sujeewa Priyalal, Dharmapriya Dias, Himali
Sayurangi, Dilini Lakmali, Bandula Wijeweera, Kaushalya Samarasinghe,
Sampath Jayaweera, Dimuthu Chinthaka, Nupura Isindu and Vihanga
The movie will be produced by Dr Harishchandra Yakandawala and Dr
Kapila Krishan Sooriyarachchi. Jayaprakash Sivagurunadan is the
Assistant Director while Ravindra Guruge is the Editor. Chandana
Jayasinghe is the cameraman, Dharshana Ruwan Dissanayake is the Music
Director, Imal Shanaka Peries is the make up artiste, Aruna Dias is the
Art Director and Heminda Veerakoon is the Production Manager of
Prathiroo. Amarasiri Peries will sing the theme song.
Yvan Attal est le candidat at AF de Kandy
Yvan Attal est le candidat, a French film by Niels Arestrup,
subtitled in English will be screened at the Alliance Francaise de Kandy
on September 18 at 3.30 p.m.
The plot is very simple. After the unexpected withdrawal of the
initial candidate, Michel Dedieu is designated by his party to continue
the presidential campaign. Dedieu, a reticent candidate, must face its
adversary the popular Eric Carson during a televised debate. In order to
improve Dedieu’s image in front of the media, he gathers a group of
advisers in a residence in province. There he has only a few days to
prepare himself for the coming debate. But behind this simple plot lies
a very complicated and intriguing subject.
Arestrup has chosen not a particularly easy subject for his first
film as a director. But compared to some American movies on the subject,
The Candidate succeeds in reflecting the French political mentality bas
well as the situation in Europe.
The ups and downs of the central character, played brilliantly by the
talented Yvan Attal, are revealed with such elegance that only an actor
turned director could achieve.
The film itself is not your usual political drama packed with fast
paced dialogues and explosive scenes.
It actually possesses the fine quality of a good theatrical
performance which makes it an even more enjoyable viewing!
Tabu bags south movie again
The tall, distinct actress of Bollywood Tabu has been successful down
south due to her flexible performing style. Having been familiar with
the south industry, Tabu has yet again given her consent for Urmi, the
much talked Santosh Sivan’s Malayalam venture that stars Genelia D’souza
While Vidya Balan giving a special dance number in the movie is
already out, the latest striking entrant is like icing on the cake.
Set in the 15th Century, Urmi is a period drama that deals with the
murderer of Vasco Da Gama. It’s also heard that filmmaker-actor Amole
Gupte of Kaminey fame has a role in the film.