Driver' moves slowly
Ranjith Bandara Attanayake
"Taxi Driver", is the latest movie by
director Kandapola Kumaratunga and produced by Uni Film Production.
has written the story and dialogue of 'Taxi Driver', which is on
the silver screen now.
revolves around a three wheeler driver Gamini who is a Samaritan.
He helps neighbours, settles quarrels. Whenever there is a dispute
Gamini is there to intervene.
was going on a hire with a Justice of Peace they see a vehicle travelling
forward in which a girl is being abducted. Though Gamini tries to
rescue her the JP requests him not to get involved.
always thinks about the fate of the girl. In the meantime Gamini
gets to know that the girl (Theja) is kept in a brothel by force.
by this news. He was reminded how his elder sister committed suicide
as she was raped by several thugs some time back. As a result of
deep emotions Gamini too tries to commit suicide by shooting but
neighbours save him. He is determined to meet Theja at the brothel.
Gamini gets the help of his friend Pigotte. They both manage to
get into the brothel and meet the owner, One Eye Bonney.
The film director
Kumaratunga says he has directed Pigotte (Tennyson Coorey) in such
a manner that the spectators will this time not look at him merely
as a comedian but in a major role.
and Lal Weerasinghe play the major roles while Cletus Mendis, Wijeya
Nandasiri, Sunil Hettiarachchi, Rathna Sumanapala, Teddy Vidyalankara,
Jude Fernando, Shalika Subesinghe, Rohitha Mannage, Nimal Jayamuni,
Sunil Premakumara and 1Shashikala Hettiarachchi play the co roles.
Camera has been handled by Bandula Coorey, Music by Sarath Alwis
and Make-up Artiste is Jayatilleke Embuldeniya.
Addara Kele': A kids film
There are many differences between the world of adults
and the children. Out of all the good things the children inherit
the qualities of forgiving and compassion stand out.
Kele', directed by Sudath Rohana is tele-film that depicts how different
children look differently at the actions of their parents' which
affect even them.
which began its run on last April 27, telecast every Tuesday at
9.00 pm on Swarnavahini Channel.
In the cast
are by Dougles Ranasinghe, Nadeeka Gunasekara, Sanoja Bibile, G.
R. Perera, Janak Premalal, Palitha Silva, Susantha Chandramali and
Richard Weerakkody in addition to the four child stars Sanketh Abhilas
Wickramage, Thisuri Yuwanika, Janaka Mahinda Gunathilake and Hiranya
an Ayurvedic doctor living with his wife Siladari who keeps on thinking
about their daughter Malika. Malika lives abroad after her marriage
to Ranabahu with their only son Sudeera.
Gunatilake's family starts when Ranabahu and Sudeera return to Sri
Lanka alone. It is further shocked when Ranabahu announces of Malika's
sudden death. Being overwhelmed with grief over the loss of their
daughter Gunatilake takes motherless Sudeera to their home in the
gets used to the life in the village and makes friends with his
cousin Dasun and other village lads. Going around the village, wandering
in the jungle and bathing in waterfalls and rivers Sudeera enjoys
the new life and confronts many new experiences.
Sudeera's father remarries Yvonne, a lady with an influential background.
She too has a young daughter. Sudeera who meets his new stepmother
starts disliking his stepsister at the initial stage but later becomes
friendly with her. Everybody in Gunatilake's family and their relatives
disapprove of this early marriage after the sudden loss of the their
As a protest
Gunatilake decides to take care of Sudeera. Coming back to village
Sudeera enjoys the tastes of the wilderness. There is a hunter living
in the forest, evading police arrest over a theft of tusks which
he had committed sometimes ago.
The boys who
explore the jungle come across this hunter and get friendly with
him. Travelling in the jungle they encounter several hazardous events.
instrumental in bringing some of the timber thieves before law and
manage to rescue a boy who is brought by some treasure hunters as
a sacrifice to get a valuable treasure and the children go on with
many more heroic feats.
turn of events takes place in 'Ganga Addara Keºle' when Malika
supposed to have died in England returns to Sri Lanka.
In the technical
crew are art director Welegedara Ranasinghe, cameraman Lakshman
Wickramathilaka and the editor Daya Punchihewa.
To the lyrics
written by Wasantha Kumara Kobawaka music is set by Navaratne Gamage.
The script is written by Somaweera Senanayake, Bandula Weerakkody
has produced the minifilm.
'Samartha': A sister's mission
A girl's attempt to uncover the mysterious disappearance
of her sister is the story of 'Samartha' telefilm telecast now at
8.30 pm on Mondays on Sirasa TV .
Scripted and directed by Chandraratne Mapitigama, the teledrama
is produced by Sunil Ratnayake for Teleview Private Limited.
with her sister were brought up by her grandmother after the death
of their father and the mother's abandonment. Her sister Nipuni,
working in a restaurant in the hill country disappears suddenly.
In bid to uncover this mystery she starts a mission alone and she
goes to the very place where her sister disappeared by finding a
job there. In her journey to find what happened to her sister she
comes across both bitter and pleasant experiences.
The lead roles
in 'Samartha' are played by Angela Seneviratne, Cyril Dharmawardena,
Sanath Wimalaweera, Nayana Kumari and Mahendra Perera.
seeks parental love
the children film directed by Ariyaratne Vithanage has recently
come in to limelight at a film festival in Italy.
This first children's
movie funded by the Film Development Fund of the National Film Corporation
gained a certificate of merit at the 12 Prix Leonardo Film Festival
held in Parma, Italy.
written by Vithanage himself the film unravels the story of the
girl 'Irasma', who lost her parent's love and struggles to regain
it. Ama Wijesekera plays the leading role of 'Irasma'. The film
is based on Anoma Ratnayake's award winning children's novel of
the same name.
the only daughter of 'Tharintha", an engineer and 'Paani',
a dancer. While the parents were busy with their careers Irasma
lives in her own world in isolation. The hidden quarrels between
the parents one day flare up into a major row and Irasma's mother
meets with an accident while she trying to leave the house. Mother
was taken abroad for further medical treatment and the father sought
foreign employment, leaving the child abandoned without parental
love. Living with her grandmother and cousin brothers Irasma is
regularly disturbed with the past experience of disputes between
to work hard in studies she portrays a character of a leader in
her father returns, Irasma refuses to meet him due to the unfortunate
experiences haunting her. But she undertakes the task of looking
after her mother who is recovering from the accident.
There is nothing
that could bring the separated mother and father together, except
young Irasma's achievements.
Vithanage, the only children's film director in the country entered
the world of film as a scriptwriter. His first script was made into
the film "Selinage Walawwa" by veteran filmmaker Dharmasiri
The film was
shot in Kandy and Mawanella.
The cast include
Duleeka Marapana, Best Actress at the state drama festival 2000,
Irangani Serasinghe, Douglas Ranasinghe, Maureen Charuni, Priyankara
Ratnayake and number of other child artistes.
two children films namely "Thrupthi" and 'Athuru Mithuru",
Mr. Vithanage was given a jury award for his direction including
three other awards at the Presidential Awards ceremony.
To Victor Ratnayake's
music and Kumaradasa Saputhanthri's lyrics Nanda Malani sang the
theme song of the film.
did the photography and Milton Perera handled the art direction,
while Irasma was edited by Denzil Jayaweera.
be released from June 20 in ten National Film Corporation circuit
halls around the country. The main theatre will be the newly build
'Cinecity' Maradana and this was the first film to be released at
the said theatre.
The film is
the first production under the guidelines of the Children's film
Society of Sri Lanka.