shot in record time
By Susitha R. Fernando
At record-shattering speed experienced filmmaker Vasantha Obeysekere
completed the filming of his latest direction ‘Aganthukaya’
(Outcast), a story on a theme the tragic plight of a principal.
seventeen day filming on location in Kurunegala was completed last
week Mr. Obeyesekere said "This is the shortest period in which
I completed a film in my journey as a filmmaker".
could never have had this achievement without the support of my
crew who worked tirelessly from 8 am to 12 pm everyday for last
seventeen days," said Mr. Obeysekere speaking of his crew with
gratitude. "Special word of thanks should go to my cameraman
Ruwan Costa with whom I worked for the first time and my assistant
director Daminda Madawela. "I am really pleased with their
support," the veteran director added.
the film with just 20,000 feet of reel, I have saved nearly Rs.
one million for the National Film Corporation (NFC) who sponsored
the film with the new scheme to fund five directors to make films,".
The estimated budget for the film was Rs. 7.5 million Vasantha Obeysekere
says that he was able to complete the film with Rs. 6.5 million.
about the filming of his earlier directions "The films directed
by me during the last two or three years I was able to complete
filming in twenty to twenty five days but this was the first time
that I could finish filming less than twenty days".
film had all the blessings including very fine sunny weather that
was ideal for the script and strangely rain started only once the
last shot was over," said Vasantha Obeysekere speaking on the
filming his eleventh directorial attempt.
with the repercussions of the politicising of society Aganthukaya
narrates a plight of a principal who was caught between the principles
he lived for and he withstood for and the pressure from outside.
the film as timely Vasanatha Obeysekere said that this is about
the politicizing of society and one individual's struggle to fight
back not wanting to compromise.
conflicts continuously, at the final point of the film the protagonist
who is a principal himself sums up the entire message of the film
saying, "Whole society has become corrupted. If I am to compromise
my principles to suit this system my life becomes a lie…The
only sin I committed was that of loving my country,".
whether this was his personal view about the present Sri Lankan
society, the long standing film director said "This is exactly
what I believe in that was happening in our country right now. We
have a timid intelligentsia, people are so threatened and totally
lacking in courage".
original story I wrote two or three years back when I came to know
about an incident in a school. But I feel the script is more timely
now than then" said Mr. Obyesekere.
main cast is played by Saumya Liyanage, Chandani Seneviratne and
Sanath Gunatilake. The director says the film which is in its postproduction
stage will be ready within next two months.
Obeysekere was sponsored by the NFC when his script was selected
the best under the new scheme to support Sri Lankan filmmaking.
Photographed by Mahesh Nishantha, Aganthukaya is produced by Malcolm