"Thanha Rathi Ranga": a WONDER debut?
D B Nihalsinghe's film 'Welikathara' is a timeless creation in cinema
history. Seeing the film on the big screen was a novel experience which
motivated upcoming film-makers to make productions on par with global
Sulochana Weerasinghe in a scene from the movie
Nilendra Deshapriya's directorial debut 'Thanha Rathi Ranga' (Between
Yesterday and Tomorrow) is a production which recalls such efforts. It
is an example of how cinema is used as a universal language to project
the 'big-picture' of mere incidents via visuals to a society
irrespective of language, regional or cultural barriers.
Deshapriya who is one of the most sought after TV personalities in
the country has a career spanning for 30 years in the drama, film and
television fields. He had contributed towards films like 'Siri Medura',
'Keli Madala' and 'Sisila Gini Gani', as the assistant director before
venturing into film direction.
The movie rotates around the post-war era of the country in a very
Three friends decide to re-visit a shell-shocked land that used to be
a 'no-man's-land' for three decades.
In their journey of fresh hope they encounter many evils.
The evil decides to stay with the threesome bringing uninvited
ordeals to their lives. The nightmares of the past still lingers. Real
peace is peace within the soul. This has yet to be achieved.
The film has already gained international recognition. The Grants
Committee of The Global Film Initiative (GFI) subsequent to an extensive
and competitive review process has recognized 'Thanha Rathi Ranga' for
its promise of artistic excellence, cinematic craftsmanship and
innovative and accomplished story-telling.
GFI located in San Francisco is an entity supporting new waves of
filmmakers of the developing world, by way of production grants. GFI
reaches out to independent filmmakers around the world with the motive
of 'cross-cultural understanding through cinema'.
Sarath Kothalawala, Kumara Thirimadura and Namal Jayasinghe
Cinema veteran Dr D B Nihalsinghe says that 'Thanha Rathi Ranga' is
"a remarkable achievement, not only because it is a 'first' film, but
also because irrespective of being a 'first' it is wonderful cinema,
with the stamp of a mature hand and none of the pitfalls of a 'first'
Sri Lanka needs this kind of cinema: rare and exceptional because it
is vision and insight translated into cinematic artistry of a high