Award winning teledrama maker Thusitha de Silva’s latest teleplay based on a story by this year’s Best Sinhala Novelist, Sunethra Rajakarunanayake has had its shooting completed and is in the post production stage.
With a working title, ‘Kavi Kadura’ is a periodical set during the transitional period of Sri Lankan history with the downfall of the Kandyian Kingdom and rise of colonial rule in 1800s. The teleplay will cover historical incidents like the massacre of Ehelepola’s family and arrest of the last King of Sri Lanka, Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe and the country getting accustomed to the colonial administration system.
The teleplay mainly revolves around two characters, an English prisoner who was assigned to work under a local Head of a village or Muladeni and a parentless Sinhalese servant ‘AngKutta’ there. The two roles were played by French National Chrish Harris and Sriyantha Mendis. In addition some of the other main roles are played by Lakshman Mendis, Grace Ariyawimal, Wasantha Vittachchi and Chamila Peiris.
‘The teleplay is set in an important historical period of our country during which the downfall of the traditional rich and powerful takes place and those who serve the colonial rulers and worked to their agendas were rising up,’ said Thusitha on the story of his latest direction. ‘It also marks the tragedy of the aristocratic class of out country,’ he added.
The teleplay was shot in a beautiful rural village in and around Riverstan, Matale, a location which was not used for a teledrama earlier. ‘It was so rural we had to face severe hardship but it was worth the while as we could capture some of the wonderful scenic beauty there,’ Thusitha described.
In the technical crew Upul Pragash has handled the camera while the music is handled by Navaratne Gamage and the teleplay is produced by Wasanthi Chathurani.
The film is directed by Thusitha de Silva who had done recent teleplays like ‘Paramitha’ and ‘Therani Geethaya’.