Relishing the reel in 2013
2012 was the year of history, romance and art. Many interesting
movies made it to daylight and many more projects were set in motion
during the period. A number of movies cashed in the box office and
managed to capture the hearts of the public like never before while a
few more made their mark in global cinema.
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka
Come 2013 and local movie buffs are eagerly waiting to see what
Sinhala cinema has in store for them. Many new productions, some which
have been in the backburner for a considerable length, will be taking to
the screen. Here is a glimpse of what to expect on the reel this year.
Sri Siddhartha Gautama
The movie has been one of the most talked about films of recent times
and comprises a cast of Sri Lankan and Indian actors and actresses.
Indian actor Gagan Malik portrays the lead role while the cast
includes Sri Lankan actors and actresses like Ranjan Ramanayake, Roshan
Ranawana, Saranga Dissasekara, Buddhadasa Withanachchi, Douglas
Ranasinghe, Oshadi Hewamadduma, Wilson Gunaratne, Dushyantha Weeraman,
Dilhani Perera and many others. Sri Siddhartha Gautama tells the tale of
Prince Siddhartha from birth to enlightenment. It hopes to take the
message of humanity to the world through a series of images unfurling on
Surangana Lovin Evilla
Sri Siddhartha Gautama is produced by The Light of Asia Foundation
Chairman Navin Guneratne and prominent hotelier and former consul
general of Sri Lanka to Los Angeles, Venezuela and Colombia, Jeff
Goonewardena. The team of consultants to the production of the film
includes Ven Prof Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera, Kalashuri Edwin
Ariyadasa, Chandran Rutnam and Prof Nimal de Silva. It is directed by
Seasoned director Jayantha Chandrasiri is back this year with his
latest movie which is based in the early 19the century. The movie
focuses on a relationship between a young musician and an elderly woman.
Uddika Premaratne and Yashodha Wimaladharma portray the lead roles.
The rest of the cast includes Roger Seneviratne, Buddhadasa
Withanachchi, Wilson Gunaratne, Pubudu Chathuranga, Damitha Abeyratne,
Roshan Pilapitiya, Chathurika Peries, Dimuthu Chinthaka, Rebecca
Nirmalee and others. Samanala Sandhawaniya (The Butterfly Symphony) is
produced by Ruwan Jayasinghe and Palitha Gunawardena on behalf of Roo
Bomba Saha Rosa
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Bomba Saha Rosa
Sri Siddhartha Gautama
Anuruddha Jayasinghe’s latest cinematic production Bomba Saha Rosa
(Bombs and Roses) too is set to hit the screens in 2013. The movie
comprises a huge cast and is the first movie to bring popular actor
Vishwanath Kodikara to the wide screen. The concept of Bomba Saha Rosa
differs from Anuruddha’s previous productions Sankranthi and Dawala
It centers on a series of incidents which takes place after a bomb
blast and examines how different individuals in the society reacts to
the occurrences. Mahendra Perera, Upeksha Swarnamali, Bimal Jayakody,
Shriyani Amarasena, Jayani Senanayake, Somasiri Alakolanga and Sarath
Kothalawala are some of the popular names attached to the project. Bomba
Saha Rosa is produced by Eric Makawita and Lucky Imran.
Somy Ratnayake is back on the wide screen after a long span with
Jayanath Gunawardena’s maiden movie Parawarthanaya (Reflection). Sirasa
Supar Star vocalist Amila Nadeeshani too is introduced to cinema through
the movie which stars Pubudu Chathuranga, Dulani Anuradha, Geetha Kanthi
Jayakody, Bimal Jayakody, Nalin Pradeep Uduwela, Moreen Charuni, Sarath
Kothalawala, Sanjaya Leelaratne and others. The movie is produced by
Mohamed Mujahi and C R Dias and Gunawardena.
Renowned theatre figure Hector Kumarasiri had stepped into cinema
with his debut movie Abhinikmana. The movie rotates around a story of a
Buddhist monk and is the last movie that versatile actor Joe
Abeywickrama had portrayed a role in. The lead role of the Buddhist monk
is played by Sudharshana Bandara. Irangani Serasinghe, W Jayasiri,
Mahendra Perera, Malkanthi Jayasinghe, Nimal Chandrasiri and others
comprise the rest of the cast.
Ran Kevita 2
Udayakantha Warnasuriya has always been a director who has
experimented with various genres of movies. His highly successful
children’s movie Ran Kevita is well loved by audience of all ages. The
success of the movie motivated the team to make a sequel. Though it has
been on the making for a long span, Ran Kevita 2: Gopaluge Vikrama is
finally set to unfurl on screen this year.
The story picks up from where its predecessor has left off. The
Gopalu Yaka is rejuvenated with more special effects.
Bennett Ratnayake, Ananda Wickramage, Saman Hemaratne and many others
too portray roles in Ran Kevita 2. Praveen Jayaratne, Suranga
Jayasooriya, Janith Marasinghe and Udayakantha Warnasuriya make up the
Surangana Lowin Awilla
Hot on the heels of Ran Kevita 2 follows another children’s movie
Surangana Lowin Awilla (Coming From Fairyland). The movie is based on a
fantasy world where prominent characters from history and fiction come
to life. It is an educational as well as entertaining movie to watch and
is directed by Suneth Malinga Lokuhewa.
The movie is due to release this year if space is available at the
circuits. It stars Wasantha Kumarawila , Mervin Silva, Mihira
Sirithilaka , Pubudu Chaturanga and Sandani Sulakana. It is produced by
Praveen Jayaratne and Pasan Chandrasekara
Malaka Dewapriya’s maiden feature film Bahuchithavadiya (The
Undecided) narrates the saga of a multidirectional thinker in a rapidly
It is an in-depth study of the life of youth in a world that is
rapidly changing with the advancement of technology.
The cast includes Kalana Gunasekara, Veena Jayakody, Lakshman Mendis,
Damitha Abeyrathna, Samanalee Fonseka, Sulochana Vithanarachchi, Rajitha
Hewathanthrige, Geetha Alahakoon, Prasadini Athapaththu, Nimini Buwaneka
and D B Gangodathenna. Manohan Nanayakkara of the Asia Digital
Entertainment Pvt. Ltd is the producer of the movie which is scripted by
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The bilingual movie has been creating news by premiering at
international film festivals and winning the best actress award at the
43rd International Film Festival of India in Goa last year.
Directed by Prasanna Vithanage the cast comprises Shyam Fernando,
Indian actress Anjali Patil, Wasantha Moragoda and Maheshwari Ratnam.
A co-production between India and Sri Lanka, Lasantha Nawarathna and
Mohamed Adamaly produced Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You Without You).
Other movies which are due to release in the future are Sumitra
Peries’ Vaishnavee, Inokaa Sathyangani’s Cinderella, Eranga Senaratne’s
Athuvath Be, Nethuvath Be, Sanath Abeysekara’s Siri Daladagamanaya,
Nilendra Deshapriya’s Thanha Rathi Ranga, Priyankara Vithanachchi’s
Samige Kathawa, Somaratne Dissanayake’s Siri Parakum and Jayaprakash
Sivagurunathan’s Ko Mark No Mark. However it has not been revealed yet
whether 2013 is the year in which these productions will be released at
CEL films for 2013
The following movies will be coming to Majestic Cineplex in January
The Last Stand
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Produced by: Lorenzo di
Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Rodrigo Santoro and
The action drama focuses on a leader of a drug cartel who busts out
of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing
in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
Directed by: Abbas-Mustan
Produced by: Ramesh S
Taurani, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline
Fernandez, Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel
The sequel to 2008 hit Race Anil and Saif reprise their roles as
Robert D'Costa and Ranveer Singh. The action packed thriller will hit
theatres on January 25.
(Anybody Can Dance)
Directed by: Remo D'Souza
Produced by: Ronnie
Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur
Starring: Prabhu Deva,
Ganesh Acharya, Kay Kay Menon and Salman Yusuff Khan
India's first high-octane dance film in 3D is all set to go on floors
on February 8. ABCD also stars winners of the hit reality dancing show
Dance India Dance like Salman Khan, Dharmesh, Prince, Mayuresh and
Vrushali. Lauren Gottlieb, the global winner of the popular television
show, So You Think You Can Dance, has been cast as the lead heroine.
To The Head
Directed by: Walter Hill
Produced by: Alfred Gough,
Alexandra Milchan, Miles Millar, Joel Silver and Kevin King Templeton
Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian
Slater and Jason Momoa Based on Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel Du
Plomb Dans La Tete the film revolved around a hitman who teams with a
young Washington DC detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads
from dingy back alleys all the way to the power corridors of New
Good Day To Die Hard
Directed by: John Moore
Produced by: Alex Young
Starring: Bruce Willis,
Jai Courtney, Cole Hauser, Sebastian Koch and Yuliya Snigir
This is the fifth installment of the Die Hard film series starring
Bruce Willis. When John McClane's son Jack gets into trouble while in
Russia, McClane travels to Moscow to help him out, only to get caught up
in a terrorist plot involving the circumstances behind his son's arrest.
Bandu is back with Peter ONE
Bandu Samarasinghe was amongst the new breed of comedy actors emerged
in the mid 1970 decade. Bandu had contributed to Sinhala cinema as an
actor, director and a producer for over four decades.
Bandu and Nilanthi Dias
The premier of Bandu’s latest direction Peter ONE was shown at the
National Film Corporation recently. The storyline of Peter ONE revolves
around a poor singer on the roads (played by Bandu Samarasinghe) who
hits the jackpot eventually. Peter makes a living by singing for masses
near the railway station. He is denied of residence in the rented house
by the thug-type landlord (Ranjit Silva) of his.
The dejected singer roams on roads to see the local postman
approaching. Peter in desperation grabs from the postman an invitation
card which is being sent by a Millionaire (Lakshman Mendis) to Peter’s
‘mean landlord’. It is an invitation for a plush anniversary party.
Peter the imposter attends the party disguised as a rich man and
befriends with Jonty (Rodney Warnakula) the drunkard wine waiter. Peter
encounters Shereen (Nilanthi Dias) the beautiful daughter of the host at
the venue and falls in love with her. Shereen is approached by Brian,
another handsome guy and a love trilogy unfolds on screen. The film is
full of comedy and will surely be a treat for the whole family. Peter
ONE is Bandu Samarasinghe’s fourth film direction. Bandu introduces his
son Kumera and daughter Rasogha to Sinhala cinema with Peter ONE.
“I personally feel Peter ONE includes one of my best performances,”
Bandu and Rodney Warnakula
“It is the most difficult and rhythmical character I played so far
which is a combination of serious and comedy acting,” he adds.
In the 70s decade, Bandu has acted in 17 films with Gamini Fonseka.
His debut film performance was in Sadahatama Oba Mage produced by Sena
Samarasinghe (first cousin of Bandu) and directed by late Milton
“Fonseka appreciated my talents and taught me how to progress in the
sphere,” Bandu reflects.
Music scores of Peter ONE are handled by Jayantha Rathnayake. It is
Jayantha’s debut film music direction. Uresha Ravihari’s magical screen
voice blends with Rathnayake’s music perfectly. Bandu and Kumera as male
singers showcase their versatility in singing in the film.
The script is written by Gayan Mahagalage, in line with a concept by
Bandu. The camera is handled by Ruwan Costa. Teddy Vidyalankara has
crafted exciting fight scenes in the film.
Cast includes Bandu Samarasinghe, Nilanthi Dias, Kumera Samarasinghe,
Rasogha Samarasinghe, Rodney Warnakula, Veena jayakody, Manel Wanaguru,
Lakshman Mendis, Sarath Kulanga, Tyron Michael, Vipula Wanniarachchi,
Ranjit Silva, Susil Perea and many others. Sunil Perera (Gypsies) makes
a guest appearance in the film.
Peter ONE, co-produced by Swarna Samarasinghe and Akmal
Wickramanayake is scheduled to hit the cinemas this year.