Entrancing experience for kids
Sunil Aruna Weerasiri on why movie making is no
A child can ask questions which a
wise man cannot answer. Kids are naturally adventurous and inquisitive.
They have the capacity to bring quietude and joy to the world. Often
considered as the messengers of God, a child can rift disputes and unite
two enemy parties
* Jayalal Rohana
* Duleeka Marapana
* Ramya Vanigasekara
* Malisha Samaratunga
* Giriraj Kaushalya
* Sarath Chandrasiri
* Janaka Ranasinghe
* Joe Abeywickrama
* Sarath Kothalawala
* Anura Bandara Rajaguru
* Upeksha swarnamali
* Nirdha Uyanhewa
* Pramudi Karunaratne
* Pramode MihirangaWeerasiri
* Kalana Gihan
* Santhush Dilhara
* Nayani Kaushalya
* Randhi Ushara
* Nakshitha Anjana
* Supun Chathuranga
* Sandun Sudaraka
* Tharaka Premasiri
Director and producer: Sunil Aruna Weerasiri
Story and dialogs: Lal Pagodaarachchi
Cinematographer: K D Dayananda
Editor: Ravindra Guruge
Assistant Director: Priyantha Pathirage
Art Director: Sumith Kudaligama
Production Manager: Kanthi Weerasiri
Production Executives: Lionel Gunaratne and Sumith Prasanna
Make up: Nimal Rajapaksa
Music: Rohana Weerasinghe
Choreography: Kulasiri Budawaththe
Lyrics: Ven Rambukkana Siddhartha Thera and Bandula Nanayakkarawasam
Vocals: Nanda Malini, Senanayake Weraliyadde, Tharshana Madava Perera
and Rodney Warnakula
Sound effects: Aruna Priyantha
Still photography: Mahesh Nishantha
The child as an emblem of harmony is the theory which director Sunil
Aruna Weerasiri expands on his maiden movie Tikiri Suwanda. The film
rotates around a village lad named Tikiri. He is an orphan and lives
with his relatives. Though he is brought up in an unwelcoming background
all the village children are fond of him.
The movie opens to a mystery. A golden statue which Chulodara aka
Baby Mahattaya had inherited from his ancestors disappears without a
trace. Meanwhile Aponsu, a villager, enters Baby Mahattaya’s premises.
He is aware of Baby Mahattaya’s initial dislike towards Tikiri and
decides to blame the theft on the boy. A plot is hatched. “Tikiri
Suwanda not only addresses the children. It is also for the adult
audience since it embodies a meaningful message ,” director Weerasiri
shared his ideas with Daily News ‘Projector’.
Scenes from Tikiri Suwanda
Weerasiri had produced two films prior to Tikiri Suwanda. They are
Sapata Dukata Sani (2001) and Clean Out (2003). He held a special
screening of Tikiri Suwanda for children on October 1 to coincide with
International Children’s Day.
“Nearly 800 children flocked to Savoy to watch the film. They were
all quite taken with it. We handed out a form asking them to state their
comments. The response is very positive. Even some of the experts in the
industry commended me,’ Weerasiri noted.
The team had quite a refreshing time working with nearly twelve child
actors in Colombo, Dambulla, Narammala and Kurunegala. Tikiri, the main
role of the movie is played by newcomer Malisha Samaratunga. “We chose
the children by calling for applications through newspapers.
Around 400 children were interviewed before finally deciding on
Malisha for Tikiri’s role,” Weerasiri noted adding that it was indeed a
challenge working with young talent. “You need to explain things in
detail to the children to get the best output. That requires patience.
It was also a very pleasant experience to be among a lot of children
as there was enthusiasm everywhere. I had a lot of backup from the
veterans like Joe Abeywickrama,” he added. “I am already thinking about
my next project. It will embody an entirely different storyline but it
will also send a positive message across to the society.
You need to put a lot of hard work and dedication to a film.
If those elements are there then it is not an impossible task.”
Tikiri Suwandacomprises three songs: Uyan Dore Kal Balanne Ai, Mal
Peedila Hada Madure and Thawthisa Pure. It will begin screening at Savoy
cinema and other EAP theaters island wide after Ira Handa Yata.
Films for International Children’s Day
The National Film Corporation and the Monaragala Education Director
had made arrangements to screen a series of children’s movies to mark
International Children’s Day. Arumosam Vehi will be screening on October
6, Senthura Devi on October 7 and Madagascar on October 8 for free at H
H P cinema, Monaragala, at 8 a.m.
Portman as Lois Lane
Natalie Portman might venture back into the world of superheroes, but
this time - not behind a masked vigilante. The actress is rumored to be
the next Lois Lane in the upcoming Christopher Nolan-produced Superman
Rumors add that Darren Aronofsky will be directing. The source goes
on to say that they don’t think “talks have progressed beyond the
suggestion of having Portman be Lois. They wanted her the first time
around, this time they can get her - with Darren. But who knows where
that’s at now...”
Chopra as Ravan’s sister
Ketan Mehta’s 3-D animated Ramayan The Epic has Ravan’s sister
Shurpanakha looking similar to Priyanka Chopra.
Director Chetan Desai says, “In Hindu mythology, she was known as the
most beautiful woman. We had to find someone as stunning as Shurpanakha.
No Indian celebrity could be found to match her face. It was then that I
remembered Priyanka in Aitraaz and how she looked then. I referenced
Shurpanakha’s character from Priyanka’s basic looks in Aitraaz. “
From script writing to directing
Renowned movie script writer Sanjaya Lilaratne who penned the
screenplays of movies like Demodara Palama and Aragalaya began work on
his maiden movie as director with Selvam.
The Selvam team Picture by Tennyson Edirisinghe
The muhurath ceremony of the glamorous event was held at Waters Edge
hotel recently. Minister Sarath Gunaratne, Minister Vimayagamurthi
Muralidharan and NFC Chairman Kumar Abeysinghe graced the occasion.
A specialty of the film is that it would reunite experienced actors
Malani Fonseka and Joe Abeywickrama on reel. Lukshman Mendis, Jayani
Senanayake, Chandika Nanayakkara, Shalini Tharuka, Nadaraja Shivam,
Vishaka Siriwardena and others will also be part of the cast. The
director too will take a break from directing and portray a character.
Mohammed Mujahid will produce the movie which will be assistant
directed by Jagath Ananda Senivaratne. The managing director is Dr Mohan
Siribaddana. Jayanath Gunawardena is the cinematographer. Ranjith
Wickramasinghe is in charge of the make up department. Ranjith de Silva
is the art director and Nimal Padmasiri is the production executive.
Rohana Weearsinghe will be the music director for Selvam for which
Uresha Ravihari will render her voice for the title song.
The team is shooting in locations in the North.
Grace and Foy join Twilight:
Boyfriends of Twihards everywhere, rejoice!
Maggie Grace signed on to play Irina, the new vampire threat to
Bella, in the upcoming Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn directed by
Oscar-winner Bill Condon.
In the books, Irina is part of the Denali coven - cousins of the
Cullen clan and the only other “vegetarian” vampire group. But of
course, relationships don’t last, even if you have the same diet.
Irina’s lover dies of something, so she does the logical thing and
blames the Cullens.
Meanwhile Bella and Edward’s love child is very close to getting a
face: nine-year-old MacKenzie Foy. Reports say that the young actress is
inches away from signing on to play Renesmee, but there’s some confusion
how she’ll play the part. In the books, Renesmee ages a full 17 years in
only seven years. Some speculate that Condon will go all Benjamin Button
and use CGI to depict the actress’ age.
Breaking Dawn will be split up into two parts with each adapted by
screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg.
The first picture releases November 18, 2011, followed by the second
on November 16, 2012.
Green light for Matra
Matra, a movie produced and directed by Kusumchandra Gamage launched
its muhurath ceremony at Elphinstone theatre, Maradana, recently.
The cast and crew of Matra Picture by Malan Karunaratne
Udith Abeyratne, Udaysnthi Kulathunga and Himali Siriwardena play the
main characters of the movie backed by Sanath Gunatileke, Duleeka
Marapana, Srimal Vedisinghe, Dayasiri Hettiarachchi, Susantha
Liaynawattha, Nilu Konalage, Ranjith Jayasekara, Maleesha Shankali and
The assistant director is Ranjith Jayasinghe, M A Gafoor is the
cameraman, Densil Jayaweera is the editor, Sunil Samarakoon is the art
director and Gamai Costa is the make up artist. Music is by Vijesundara
Matra is the ninth movie by Gamage. His previous productions include
No Problem Darling, Jayashakthi, First Love Pooja, Inspector Geetha and
Godfather. Matra will begin shooting in Colombo, Matugama, Bandarawela
and Nuwara Eliya from October 15.
Gamage’s latest movie Muthu Salamba will hit theaters at the end of
Star Wars saga gets 3D makeover
After more than five years of teasing, Lucasfilm disclosed that work
is under way on converting the Star Wars saga to 3D.
All six pics will get theatrical re-release in stereoscopic starting
with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which returns to theaters in 2012.
Exact release date has not been announced, but a Lucasfilm spokesperson
said the pic will open wide and “as close to day and date (worldwide) as
possible.” The prospect of six Star Wars pics released in 3D should
stifle speculation that the format is a fading fad.
It also promises to reintroduce the franchise to young auds who are
used to 3D and only know Star Wars from homevideo and the Clone Wars
Cartoon Network skein. 20th Century Fox will once again distribute.
Vihanga Piyapath completes shooting
A scene from Vihanga Piyapath
Previously titled Piya Senahasata Kandulu Natha, Somaratne
Ramanayake’s Vihanga Piyapath completed shooting recently.
The movie will begin its editing process at NFC’s Dalugama Studio. It
will be editied by M S Aliman.
The film introduces Uditha Abeyratne and Gloria Hewapanna to cinema.
Vijeratne Warakagoda, Gamini Costa, Keerthi Ranjith Peries, Richard
Abeywardena, Chandima Nanayakkara, Chami Senanayake, Madhu Nithyani,
Swarna Ranasinghe, Rohana Samanthasiri, Pasindu Vidyanjana, Ravindu
Thathsarana, Randi Ushara and others are part of the cast.
Ramanayake had already made movies like Jaya Kothanada? and
Sathiyakata Mata Rata Bara Denna. He had also produced a documentry
based on dance expert Panibaratha. He even introduced popular actor
Ranjan Ramanayake to cinema. Sathiyakata Rata Rata Bara Denna will begin
screening at LFD cinema in December.