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Bandula sets ‘Rome on Fire’ again

The maiden show of latest theatrical production ‘Romaya Gini Gani-2’ a joint effort by veteran playwright and actor Bandula Vithanage and actor Roger Seneviratne will go on the boards at 6.30 pm on March 23 and 24 at the Elphinstone theatre, Colombo.

Bandula Vithanage returns as a playwright following the immense success of his earlier production ‘Romaya Gini Gani’ which was based on English playwright Ray Cooney’s ‘Run for your wife’ and won major awards including the Best Production, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting actor at the National Drama Festival 1996. Bandula’s ‘Romaya Gini Gani-2’ was based on Cooney’s play ‘Caught in the net’.

The cast of this latest play are Sampath Tennakone, Rathna Lalani Jayakody, Aesha Dissanayake, Upali Bandara, Thilini Priyanwada, Ishara Wickremasinghe and Bandula himself. Produced by Roger Seneviratne, Vajira Kumari Vithanage handles the stage setting, Wasantha Kumara does the stage lighting while Jagath Padmasiri does the make up and Edward Chandrasiri is the Production Manager.

French periodic epic on a life of priest

French film ‘Les destinées sentimentales’ (Sentimental Destinies) period epic directed by Olivier Assayas, a director who has acquired a reputation as a very modern and unconventional film-maker, the epitome of the film auteur will be screened at 3 pm on Tuesday March 22 and at 3.00pm Wednesday March 23 at the Alliance Francaise de Colombo.

Jean Barnery is the pastor of a small village in Charente, shortly after separating from his wife Nathalie, he meets Pauline, the daughter of one of his parishioners who runs a cognac distillery. Jean and Pauline marry and retreat to an alpine village where they live happily for a few years. Learning of the death of his uncle, Jean decides to take charge of the family porcelain business in Limoges. He has great ambitions, but the world is changing fast, with war and economic disaster just around the corner.

Who wants to see the ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ in Colombo ?

The movie ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ at the Liberty Cinema is the latest to hit the movie goers in the City.
From today onwards Sunday TV Times - EAP Movie Quiz is dedicated to this new film and all TV Times readers are welcome to send their entries to win movie tickets at the Liberty Cinema to watch ‘Battle:

Los Angeles’. All you have to do is to watch the film ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ at the Liberty and answer the simple question on the Coupon Number - 76 and post it to Sunday TV Times - EAP Movie Quiz – 76, No 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road, Colombo 2 on or before March 29. All answers should be on the coupon appearing on TV Times (No 76) and no photo copies are accepted. The ten lucky winners of the Coupon No 76 will be announced in the TV Times of 3 April.

Pinsara Dosthara: A Doctor in Double Act

World literature to miniscreen

‘Pinsara Dosthara’, veteran teledrama director Sunil Costa’s latest tele direction based on world renowned Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is now being telecast at 8 pm prime time on Saturday on ITN channel.

Introducing world literature to the small screen ‘Pinsara Dosthara’ is woven around a novel theme and a plot which is away from hackneyed soap operas around family panoramas.

This world famous story told by a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Edward Hyde had been originally published in 1886 and was adapted to over 123 film versions alone and dozen of stage plays, television and radio versions.

‘Pinsara Dosthara’ translated and scripted by Saman Weeraman, is an initiative by director Costa and producer Wijeratne Gamage to introduced classic art and world renowned literature to the Sri Lankan television audience and specially to the younger generation.

Well known for his earlier directions like ‘Rotha Hathare Manamalaya’, ‘Siri Sirimal’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Sunil Costa says that Robert Louis Stevenson’s literature will be a novel experience to the children who study literature and those interested in world literature.

“There is a real dearth of good stories and plots in the teledrama. This is an attempt to promote good literature to our TV audience and to prove that viewers would like to see good stories if presented to them,’ Director Costa told the TV Times.

“Most of the television artiste keep on criticizing the low quality teledramas but they don’t take an initiative to change them. It is swimming against the current. So ‘Pinsara Dosthara’ is such an attempt,” the director added.

With an outstanding performance of Tony Ranasinghe as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, others in the experienced and talented cast are Lucian Bulathsinghala, Daya Alwis, Clitus Mendis, Nalin Pradeep Uduwela, Chandra Kaluarachchi, Udeni Alwis, Nimal Pallewatta, Rajive Ananda and Saman Almeida.

The art department of ‘Pinsara Dosthara’ also includes a cream of veteran artistes including Chinthaka Somakeerthi handling the camera, Champika Dias in editing and Sunil Wijeratne as art director and a young musician who has already marked his name in the international musical arena Dinesh Subasinghe as the music director.

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