TV Times

‘Anjalica’ targets a wide audience
The Muhurath ceremony for the film 'Anjalica', a maiden directorial venture of actor Channa Perera and the production of Malith Palliyaguru was held at the Holiday Inn- Colombo recently.

The film has some novel features including an Indian actress, Pooja Umashanker in the lead role and locations selected to be filmed in Malaysia. This will be a first Sri Lankan film to be shot in this location.

Speaking to TV Times the new director Channa Perera said that employing an Indian actress was mainly an experiment and it also a market strategy to seek a wide audience targeting many countries.

"It was not because that Sri Lankan actresses are not talented or not up to the standard. Our actresses have played in foreign directions and earned foreign acclaim on a number of occasions. What my aim is to take the film to foreign audiences including India and Malaysia," Channa said. Channa is also hoping to release the film in a number of foreign countries, where Sri Lankans are living.

Hopefully shooting on locations in Nuwara Eliya and Colombo will start on March 3 and continue till April 14 while the rest of the film will shot in Malayasia.

The story in Anjalica is woven around a young man Thivanka who was brought up in England from his childhood after the death of his mother. 'Kavya' was his childhood friend and they are very close to each other.

Young Thivanka returns to Sri Lanka and he makes trip to the hill country. On his way Thivanka meets a young girl Anjalica and from the very first he gets attracted to her. This meeting follows many dramatic events ending in a triangular love story.

Channa Perera, Sanath Gunathilake, Rosy Sena-nayake, Anarkalee Jayathilake and Rex Kodippili are in the stellar cast in Anjalica. Cinematographer Jayanath Gunawardena handles the camera while the art director is Athula Sulthanagoda.

Experienced music director Rohana Weerasinghe with Navaratne Gamage and two young music directors Kasun Kalhara and Iraj Weeraratne set melodies for the background songs.


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