The first ever screening of film critic and writer Chandana Silva’s cinematic creation ‘Kawulu Dora’ (The Window) will be held at 4.30 pm on July 3 at the Regal cinema, Colombo.
The special show held as a fundraiser for Cine Art Society of Sri Lanka, the film story, dialogue, screenplay written and directed by late Chandana Silva. The producer and the cinematographer of ‘Kawulu Dora’ is Prasanna Paranavithana. Kalakeerthi Edwin Ariyadasa will be the chief guest at this special screening.
A story of a village girl (Sabeetha Perera ) who is haunted by her past memories and seemingly possessed gets an opportunity to work as a servant in a rich and capable family far away from her village.
Even though she wants to start a new life it seems impossible to understand her thoughts and strange behaviour which prompts her master to seek physiological treatment and hypnotism which finally reveals her dark story.
The film is played by Sabeetha Perera, Sanath Gunatilake, Radha de Mel, Ashoka Peiris, Grace Ariyawimal, G. R. Perera, Vincent Serasinghe, J. H. Jayawardena, Palitha Silva and Sunil Hettiarachchi.
Set to the lyrics of Gamini Wijetunga, Buddadasa Galappaththi and Chandana himself playback singing was done by late Malani Bulathsinghala and Maurice Wijesinghe. Marias Fernando handled the music while make up was by Ebert Wijesinghe and edited by Stanley de Alwis.
Chandana, an ardent lover of cinema made a large number of short films including “Balaporotthuwa Santhapaya”, “Me Rekhawe Wedanawa”, “Anthayen Anthayata”, “Olu Male Geethaya”, “Branthiya”, “Charlige Dawasa”, “Amma” and “Saala Ru” in addition to his literary contribution. Chandana who made a demanding contribution towards the expansion of Sri Lankan cinema was also the assistant director of the film “Peter of the Elephant”.
Interested in cinema, he got involved in the short film “Nihanda Kathawak” produced by students of Kala Pela. Enthused by courage and determination he became an independent producer by his own production of a short 16 mm film “Sath Asath” in 1974. Accredited with abundance of innate talents the portrayal of his competence debuted as a cameraman for “Sanathana Gethumak” a short 35 mm film directed by Bermin Fernando brought him invincible fame.
On his involvement in film magazines he quite effectively shared his duty as the editor of the magazines Cenerio and Vikasitha etc. Chandana shared his gargantuan expertise of cinematic skill in a few books authored by him which included ‘Cinema Viyrana’ , ‘Golu Hadavatha and Cinemographic’, ‘Cinema Critics’, ‘Cinema Myths and Reality’ and ‘Cinema Rhythm’. In appreciation of his unique commitment to the cinema, the National Catholic Society made the presentation of Cyril Mathew Memorial Award to him a prestigious award of recognition in 2002.
The tickets for the show will be available at the Regal cinema from 3.30 pm onwards on July3.