Rohan Welivita’s Suseema to take your breath away :
Rohan Welivita’s film Suseema which is the cinematic version of the
popular teledrama of the same name will hit cinemas at the end of the
year. The movies stars Pabodha Sandeepani and Suraj Mapa in lead roles
supported by Robin Fernando, Saranga Dissasekara, Kapila Sigera,
Dushmantha Prasad, and Nirosha Palagala.
Scenes from Suseema
The story is originally based on a comic written and drawn by Janaka
Ratnayake. It was brought to the screen by Welivita around 20 years ago.
“It is a challenge to do justice to my own work as the film need s to
meet up with the standards of the teledrama,” Welivita told the Daily
He noted that he needs to add western piano style into the music of
the production. That is the reason behind his move to bring down award
winning Nimal Mendis. “The music is a combination of the western and
Sinhala,” he stressed adding that he is very satisfied with the new
songs and lyrics composed by Rajiv Sebastian. Another significant
feature in Suseema is that actor Saranga had rendered his voice for
Director : Kanishka Bandara
* Director : Rohan Weliwita
* Camera : Dinesh Prasanga
*Producer : A.S.P. Liyanage
* Make-up Artists : Priyanka Thilak Rathnayaka
* Sound Management : Sunimal Kulasekara
* Assistant Camera : Shiran Lakshan Nissanka
* Assistant Makeup : Aruna Shantha Jayasooriya
* Assistant Art Director : Vishaka Gunathilaka
songs. He debuted to background vocals with Desa Piya Gath Senin.
The roles of Ranga, Asela, Suradewa, Mike and Suseema were previously
played by Palitha Silva, Jackson Anthony, Granvile Rodrigo,
Sathischandra Edirisinghe and Menik Kurukulasuriya for the teledrama. “I
believe that the artistes did justice to these characters in the movie.
I am especially satisfied with Srarnga’s acting and also the way in
which two debutees Dushmantha and Nirosha portrayed their characters.
Their acting surpassed those who portrayed the same roles in the film,”
he mused. The teledrama was telecast nearly 15 times on different
television channels. It was based in the mid 1980s. Suseema, the movie,
will be based in the modern context. A key campaigner in the
broadcasting sector Welivita introduced the latest High Definition (Full
HD) camera to local cinema.
The B2 HD camera with AVC-Intra recording format is handled by
Sumedha Liyanage, the cinematographer of the project.
“Fine Vision is hoping to introduce 3D technology to Sri Lanka. We
are currently taking part in discussion and seminas concerning the
We have already brought the Da Vinchi Colour Corrector to the country
along with the Digital 3D system,” Welivita noted. A S P Liyanage and
Welivita are the producers of Suseema.
Suba ready to take flight
Manjula and Muthu
Popular actor Manjula Moragoda launched his website at the press show
of Ariyadasa Peries’ film Suba. The movie has Manjula and Muthu Tharanga
in lead roles backed by eye catching performances by Cletus Mendis,
Apsara Botheju, Sanoja Bibile, Sandun Wijesiri, Jeewan Handunetthi,
Ranjith Peries and Gratiel Chitragani.
The films involves a crime story. A courageous policewoman is hot on
the trail of a criminal.
However the ruthless killer will not give up the game without a
fight. It is a matter of who would outwit the other. Finally on her
disappearance a police high official is called to the scene.
He is supported by another policewoman who also happens to be his
university sweetheart. Would justice be served? What is the story behind
the tangled web? Await Suba to find out.
The story, dialogs and script are by the director. Rohana Weerasinghe
set the music to songs sung by Vijaya Kumaratunge, Edward Jayakody,
Charitha Priyadharshani, Bandula Wijeweera, Saman de Silva, Maxie
Jayaweera and Milton Silva.
Dinesh Kumara is the cameraman of the project which is produced by K
R Siriwarrena, Ajith Kulathunga, W R Dammika, Swetha de Silva and
Ariyadasa Peries on behalf of Charitha Mali Films. Suresh Kumarasinghe
is the Technical Director, Ranjith Jayasekara the Administrator, Ranjith
de Silva the Art Director and Randika Nadeeshan the Editor of Suba. The
film will begin screening at Ritz--Borella, Dulmini-Horana, Montero -Nugegida,
Vijendra-Anuradhapura, National-Maharagama, Wembley-Kandy and several
other cinemas islandwide from October 8.
K and K makes it click
Starting off as a mature family comedy the excellent performance of
Kajol backed by Kareena’s bubbly presence makes Karan Johar production
We Are Family‘hit’ home.
Kajol delivers an exceptional performance
Maya (Kajol) is the perfect mother. Her life revolves around her
three children, Aleya (Aanchal Munjal), Ankush (Nominath Ginsberg) and
Anjali (Diya Sonecha). Despite being divorced from her husband Aman (Arjun
Rampal), Maya has ensured that everything runs smoothly in her house,
under her watch, and that they continue to remain a happy family unit.
When Aman introduces his girlfriend, Shreya (Kareena Kapoor), a
career-oriented woman, the situation takes an unexpected turn.
The main cast of We Are Family
However, Maya is diagnosed with a terminal illness and circumstances
bring the two women under the same roof. Can two mothers make a home?
The talented female thespians come together to earnestly jerk tears
in We Are Family, via combined efforts of the story writer Gigi Levangie
on the original screenplay by Steve Rogers, Karen Leigh Hopkins, Ron
Bass, Venita Coelho and Gigi Levangie.
All touchy elements are here like the conflict between a super-mom
and a career women the adorably smart kids tossed about by divorce, all
goody-goody surroundings, exotic locales, the jealousy amongst the women
and of course the fatal disease that triggers some noble suffering and
emotional focusing all around. Siddharth Malhotra in his debut film
shows his calibre to manage emotions and starts effectively.
Kajol relies on her expressive eyes to show us Maya’s emotions, while
Kareena conveys Shreya’s uneasiness mostly through her body language and
baritone voice. Arjun does his part with sincerity.
We Are Family will begin screening at Liberty cinema from September
23. It is a EAP distribution.
Rutnam’s next project
Chandran Rutnam. Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
Renowned filmmaker Chandran Rutnam revealed that his next movie will
be based on the tsunami effected train number 50. It is the train which
travelled from Maradana to Peraliya which met with a tragic end killing
over 2000 people on December 26, 2004.
“It is a bit similar to Titanic because the audience knowns that the
characters will die. However they will bond with them as the story
flows. I have picked a lot of information from news items and accounts
related with the incident before developping the story. True details are
linked with the project,” Rutnam reveled.
He had already begun penning the screenplay but relates that it is
long process which has to be done with perfection.
Shrek and Kung Fu Panda holiday specials
Everyone’s favorite green, giant, and obnoxious orc is returning, but
this time - not on the big screen.
NBC ordered new holiday specials for the upcoming season from two
DreamWorks Animation blockbusters - Shrek and Kung Fu Panda - titled
Scared Shrekless and Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special.
The move continues the relationship established last year between
DreamWorks and NBC when they aired Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins
From Outer Space and Merry Madagascar.
The Halloween-themed Scared Shrekless airs on October 28.
Its story follows Shrek as he challenges Fiona, Donkey, Puss in
Boots, and other fairy tale characters to spend the night in Lord
Farquaad’s haunted castle.
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special arrives a month later on November 24,
with an encore of Merry Madagascar, and puts Po in an awkward position:
he must choose between his family obligations and his duty as a Dragon