cinema with 'Kurulu Pihatu'
Experienced teledrama director Sumith
Kumar enters cinema with his maiden effort ‘Kurulu
Pihatu’ (Birds Feathers) scheduled to be screened
soon on CEL circuit theatres.
A past student of St' Anthony's College
Wattala, Sumith's entrance to film direction was following
the cinema diploma course at the OCIC conducted by well-known
cinematographer Andrew Jayamanne. ‘Kurulu Pihatu’
is to be screened on CEL circuit cinemas including Regal
Revolving around a child who lostparental
love and is seeking the eternal truth in life. This
is a long awaited dream realised by Sumith Kumara who
is well-known for his productions like 'Mayaratne',
'Pathok Palama', 'Rathriya' and 'Nethra Mangalya' for
the miniscreen. Sumith, who had directed 15 teledramas
shared his first experience in filmmaking with the TV
|Director Sumith Kumar
TVT: How did you feel about
the new experience?
Sumith: It was a heavy work, yet I
did not feel myself inexperienced while I was working
with my team. This also may be due to the supportive
and experienced cast I had.
TVT: What was the objective
you had while doing the film?
Sumith: From the beginning I had to
live with it. It was dedication and perseverance. It
was a meditation and movement that goes with the rhythm
of the production. And I found myself fully involved
in every minute detail of the creative work of filming
editing and even promotion. My objective was to be fully
involved because I believed perfection comes from attention
TVT: Describe your production?
Sumith: 'Kurulu Pihatu' is a very
low budget film compared to most of the films produced
today. But it was a production which was done with a
very tight schedule and a limited budget. During the
20 days shooting we started our day at 6 am sharp and
went on till 10 pm.
Thanks to the cast and the crew they
kept up to their potential being fully involved. This
is what goes to make a successful film.
TVT: What are the challenges you faced?
Sumith: We had a night scene at Bandaragama
bus stand where the child actor Sajith Anuththara had
to act in the rain at night. The shooting went on till
very late. Working in the rain both the cast and the
crew were exhausted. And everybody thought that most
of us would get sick and would not be able to continue
the filming on the following day. But I decided that
we should go on with our work the following morning.
And we started our work and continued without any problems.
I was successful in facing challenges due to my choice
of crew and cast.
TVT: Any special remarks
about the team?
Sumith: The fact that I could complete
my work was mainly due to the excellent cast and the
members of the crew. I must thank Jackson Anthony who
supported me in my first attempt in cinema with his
experience as an actor and also as a director of a film.
And Suresh Gamage who plays a character which is a deviation
from his earlier roles to exhibit his hidden potential.
TVT: What is your next step?
Sumith: I have made arrangements to
start work on a teledrama in November and hopefully
starts the preproduction on my second film at the beginning
of next year. It is a family film with a story around
of ‘Kurulu Pihatu’
Jackson Anthony, Sajith Anuththara,
Dilhani Ashokamala, HemasiriLiyanage,SureshGamage,
Seetha Kumari, Saranapala Jayasuriya,
Muthu Tharanga, Senaka Titus, Sarath Chandrasiri.
Assistant Director -Mahinda K. Premasiri and
Production Executive Dilan Nilanka
Lyrics - Mahinda K. Premasiri
Songs -Senanayake Weraliyadda, Kumari Munasinghe
and Sajith Anuththara
Poem recital - Edward Jayakody
Sound Controller -Lional Gunaratne
Editing -Elmo Halliday
Music Direction -Ananda Gamage
Art Direction -Dena Mabulage and Damith Warushavithana
Make up -Ranjith Managaweera
Camera -K. D. Dayananda
Screen play - Mahinda K. Premasiri
Production -Paul Newman
Director -Sumith Kumara
Tale of a ‘Kurulu Pihatu’
Following a break up of the marriage
of Chandrasekara and Salika, the father and mother of
Saman, see their thirteen year old son as a burden.
Chandrasekara falls out with his wife and leaves home.
In the meantime, Salika yearning for a fresh life of
happiness that she had failed to realize with Chandrasekara,
marries young Charuka. The child who fails to enjoy
parental love and affection turns to his grand mother
but there too he meets with rejection.
Saman finally decides to live on the
street. An old beggar, a complete stranger teaches him
the first lesson in begging. Saman, however, discovers
that the only consolation in this sterile life is to
become a Buddhist monk. Yet, he has to obtain parental
consent to be ordained. However after a long search,
he fails to meet both father and mother.
Yet, Saman does not give up his hopes
of entering the ascetic lifestyle. His grandfather too
had led a dissipated life. He is now destined to live
on the streets. Meeting his grandson unexpectedly at
the sunset years of his life the grandfather makes way
for Saman to meet Chandrasekara.
Meeting his son, Chandrasekera finds
that Saman is both mentally and physically ill. At this
stage Salika is separated from Charuka and is living
alone. Saman is hospitalized and this brings a dramatic
twist to the story of 'Kurulu Pihatu'.