The maiden film actor Athula Liyanage ‘Bambara Walalla’ (Whirlwind) is now being screened at Regal Colombo and other CEL circuit cinemas around the country.
Represented at the 43rd World Fest, Houston Independent International Film Festival held in USA ‘Bambara Walalla’, a term from traditional Sri Lankan dance revolves around some true events Athula observed and experienced.
The film tells the story of Podi Eka whose life destined to undergo desperate and unexpected circumstances. At the film’s beginning Podi Eka without an education living with his mother and sister. His Sister is raped by his step father and 17 Year old Podi Eka kills his step father and spends 17 years in prison.
As the events of Podi Eka’s life changes after his return to his village from Prison. ..leading him on an extraordinary journey .He tries to start a new life. His mental condition makes it hard after the tragic death of his mentally disturbed mother.
It was at this stage Podi Eka meets Mal, a man who keeps on counting the living and making coffins. He starts working for Mal …after Mal found him been attacked and left almost dead… in the gutter...though his broken body heals, deeper wounds remain…being an uneducated young man he finds it very hard to understand the society and Mals’ way of life .They both are looking for pure love …Their lives are built around a circle (bangle) Along the way he discovers the true meaning of life, love ,responsibility and courage …
The star cast includes Mahendra Perera, Neeta Fernando, Sriyantha Mendis, Dhamitha Abeyratne, Jayalath Manoratne and Bimal Jayakodi.