films galore as filmgoers grumble
The tastes of local filmgoers appear to be taking a dangerous turn
with most of the country's cinema halls dishing out films with 'Adults
and Sinhala 'adults only' films were nothing common, in a disturbing
move the audience is now served with a whole heap of sex films in
Tamil and Hindi.
charge that they are now deprived of watching good films with their
families as most theatres have opted for the lucrative sex films.
alone, theatres that at one time earned a reputation for screening
wholesome family movies now seem to be giving in to low tastes by
exhibiting these sex only films. The posters on city walls and the
larger than life size cut-outs at the halls reveal the shocking
story how things have changed with the free hand film distributors
and importers got within a short period.
ask how these films pass through the eyes of the local censor board,
but some reliable sources charge that most films are shown to the
censors minus the offending parts and once it passes through the
censor board, those offending parts are tagged on to the film before
they are screened.
of this allegation should be a topic for debate if it is found to
be true, but most filmgoers say this is not unusual given the alleged
corrupt practices generally prevailing in every sphere in the country.
help but laugh at the cheap tactics adopted by those film promoters
in trying to highlight the 'Adults Only' tag on their posters.
say, this is also similar to what happened with porn magazines,
which were at one stage seized by the authorities, but now available
in the open market.
If the relevant
authorities do not act fast to curb this unhealthy trend in the
interest of the country and its future generation, before long the
ordinary man will have no films to watch with his family.
await 'Doctor's Paradise'
'Doctor's Paradise' (Wedaduru Paradeesaya) is the newest Sinhala
film that is now undergoing final touches and would be ready to
hit the silver screen before long.
Perera, Deepal Silva and Ananda Wickramage in a scene from
film appears to be significant for many reasons, but the high point
is that there are about a dozen who are making their film debuts
with 'Doctor's Paradise'.
producer Nihal Piyasiri, Director Samanpriya Marasinghe and Music
director Tharupathi Munasinghe are among that debutant list.
his debut directorial venture, the film's director Samanpriya Marasinghe-
who is no stranger in the showbiz arena - says the film is a novel
attempt in making a 'serious' comedy film.
think there is still a market for comedy films in Sri Lanka?"
Deepal and Veena in a scene from 'Doctor's Paradise'
course, there is a good market for comedy films here. Our people
possess a fine sense of humour, but its unfair to make cheap comedy
films and later blame the public for not accepting them," stresses
director Samanpriya, who has been in the showbiz for more than 23
years. The one time powerful figure behind Nihal Silva's Sergeant
Nallathambi, Samanpriya was also involved in the small screen and
cassette production too. Going through his track record, he appears
to be man who never likes to limit himself to one facet in the entertainment
producer T.P.H. Nihal Piyasiri is also making the big leap into
the celluloid world for the first time with 'Doctor's Paradise'.
his decision to invest in this venture, producer Nihal Piyasiri
says that firstly he had trust in the director and secondly he felt
the atmosphere in the country was gradually turning out to be peaceful.
the big point in making films if the people have no peace to enjoy
them. While hoping that lasting peace would dawn in the country,
I wish to dedicate this film to all peace loving people in Sri Lanka.
In fact, we held the Muhurath ceremony of the film on Thaipongal
day and started shooting on Mahasivarathri day. The final touches
of the film were done during the Sinhala New year and Vesak season.
Significantly, we shot the whole film just under 20 days during
the holy Islamic month, Muharram. So, I believe this interestingly
structured film would cater to all Sri Lankans, irrespective of
race, religion and language barriers," Nihal Piyasiri says.
views further he commended not only his director Samanpriya's creative
talent but also his ability to bring down production costs to a
is going on in full swing with post-production work, we watch some
rushes of a song sequence stretching into about 30 minutes but which
has to be tightly edited to about just 3 minutes - by Samanpriya
The basic story
line, we are told revolves around a hospital, a doctor and a nurse.
The nurse, Asha Monarawila (Veena Jayakody) who had disappeared
19 years ago, suddenly emerges at the hospital and tells doctor
Karaliyedda (Deepal Silva) to rescue his son from police custody.
But the doctor is not aware of such a son. Then she explains and
says the son who was on his way to see his father, was nabbed by
police over an accident. But Dr. Karaliyedda has to attend a crucial
seminar where he is scheduled to deliver a key talk. Caught in this
muddle, Dr. Karaliyedda entrusts the job to one his colleagues,
Dr. Panabokke (Mahendra Perera) to act as the father. So, the drama
unfolds in a blend of love, fun and laughter. And the climax, after
several hilarious reels, ends in the proverbial 'nail biting finish'.
Piyasiri and director Samanpriya Marasinghe have taken several cinematic
liberties to bring out the best in the star cast comprising Deepal
Silva (of Me Rate Minissu fame), who makes his film debut as a hero,
Veena Jayakody, who makes a comeback as a lead girl, Mahendra Perera,
Sanoja Bibile, Ananda Wickramage, Ravindra Yasas, Neil Alles and
Kanthi Fonseka who are ably supported by Sarath Kothalawela, Roshan
Ravindra and Anoma Doloswela and other artistes.
Among the other
debutants making a mark in films is Music director Tharupathi Munasinghe,
Script writer S. Karunaratne, Camera director Pushpakumara Bandara
Rajaguru and Dance directress Himali Siriwardene. A major appeal
of the film also lies in the playback voices of Kithsiri Jayasekara,
Shanika Wanigasekara, Deepal Silva and Uresha Ravihari, who tunefully
help to carry the story forward.
film industry currently appears to be passing a bad patch, due to
what most critics see as a credibility crisis. Week after week moviegoers
are misled by huge promotional campaigns of new releases - most
of which ultimately turn out to be trash. This trend has also resulted
in potential film producers seriously re-thinking before dumping
big money into the industry.
a scenario, the willingness of producer Nihal Piyasiri (Amila Films)
to trust his debutant director must be certainly commended. Hoping
that his film would bring cheer to the local film industry, Piyasiri
says he believes 'Doctor's Paradise' might pave the way to a 'Producer's
Paradise' in the Sinhala cinema.