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G. D. L. Perera who introduced a large number of artistes to Sri Lankan theatre, television and cinema through his ‘Kalapela’, an academy in Kandy made several unforgettable films and stage productions to the Sri Lankan audience.
Perera who is popularly known as GDL who was residing in England for a long time and is now back in the country and almost all his creations are now available on DVD format under the Torana label.
Three of GDL’s earlier cinema productions ‘Sama’, ‘Dahasak Sithuwili’ (Thousand Thoughts) and the children’s film ‘Ali Peter’ (Peter of the Elephant) were recently released on DVD by Torana Video Movies.
His other productions, the yesteryear tele drama ‘Rata Giya Eththo’ (Expatriates) and ‘Dinanno Paradinno’ (Expatriates II) were launched on DVD formats sometime ago. Scripted and directed by G. D. L. Perera, the teleserial portrays the dramatic and non-dramatic scenarios of day-to-day life of a Sri Lankan family living in London.
“I wanted to avail my productions to anybody who was interested in enjoying them,” said GDL who is getting ready to go back to England, where he lived for a long time.
Late award winning actress Denawaka Hamine was introduced to cinema through GDL’s ‘Sama’, the film which starred Leoni Kothalawela, Shelton Silva, Sugathapala Senarath Yapa, Elson Divithurugama, Buddhi Wickrema and Amitha Mallawarachchi. The music direction of ‘Sama’ was done by Pandith W. D. Ameradeva while the playback were done by Devananda Waidyasekara, Mallika Perera and Jayatissa Alahakone.
‘Dahasak Sithuwili’ was played by Henry Jayasena, Joe Abeywickrema, Denawaka Hamine, Nilanthi Wijesinghe, Malani Fonseka, Sumana Amerasinghe, Chandra Kaluarachchi and Leoni Kothalawela.
Two other directions of the GDL ‘Thotupala’ stage play and film ‘Luxmi, Maya and Sugath’ which he did after his return from England is also to be released on a DVD format soon.
“I have enjoyed these films as a young man and it was a great privilege that we could convert these evergreen creations for the audience,” Kumar Kothalawela, the head of the Torana Video Movies told TV Times.
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