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‘Sangili’ soon on silver screen

By Susitha R. Fernando

‘Sangili’, Lalitha Pannipitiya’s second directorial venture examining the mindset of a group of villagers in a remote backdrop will soon be released to the public.

Director Pannipitiya

The film featuring a novel and veteran cast and set in a beautiful village will be followed by ‘Bambara Walalla’ now being successfully screened at Regal Colombo and CEL circuit cinemas around the country.

Following the successful screening of his maiden ‘Political Jokes’ which was in popular commercial format with a comic flavour and seven songs, Lalith has handled a different format, a story with an insight to the behaviours of a group of ‘raw men and women’.

The story is woven around a few uneducated families living in a beautiful remote village encircled by a ring of mountains, during the period of 70s – 80s. It tells the story of main character ‘Sangili’, a charming lass who is talented and has always devoted her life to the benefit of her family.

“To me making a film is expressing myself using the sound and the picture. Even though I started with an entertaining film like ‘Political Jokes’, in Sangili what I wanted to do was to make an original Sri Lanka film with its Sri Lankan identity’, said director Pannipitiya to the TV Times.

‘With this film I tried to bring out the raw characters that we came across in everyday life. However they were placed in a fictional village with a brook flowing across it. With the support of my art directors Hemachandra Perera and Shan Makandura, I made the fictional village combining two different locations in Kalundewa, Dambulla and Kithulgala, added the director who started his film career as an assistant director two decades ago.

The veteran cast in ‘Sangili’ includes Veena Jayakody, Sanath Gunatillake and Vimal Kumara de Costa while the young up and coming Saranga Disasekara and Dulani Anuradha together with a number of new comers join the cast.

‘The support I received from the veterans was enormous while the new comers kept up to my expectations’. ‘Sangili’ also played by Lionel Wickrema, Kumudini Adhikari, Rebecca Nirmalee, Mohan Hettiarachchi, Ishanka Madubani, Kumudu Adikari, Mayumi Oshini and Susanga Kahadawala Arachchi who are introduced to the big screen.

Produced by K. G. Shirani Dias, ‘Sangili’ is scripted by A. H. Karunarathna and Nilantha Chularathna is the cinematographer. Praveen Jayarathne is the editor while Saman Panapitiya, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of fine arts (B.F.A) introduces himself as music director.

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