Popular filmmaker Udayakantha Warnasuriya’s latest comedy ‘Kosthapal Punyasoma’ (Constable Punyasoma) revolving around a series of events around a team of police, is now being shot in Colombo and its suburbs.
Seasoned actor Mahendra Perera plays the character role, this film stars a number of veteran artistes like Sriyantha Mendis, Duleeka Marapana, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Ravindra Yasas and Srinath Maddumage.
The film revolves around Kothsapal Punyasoma, an honest policeman. His friend Sergeant Wickremapala played by Gamini Hettiarachchi is his best friend while their senior officer is Panditharathna (Sriyantha Mendis). They experienced a number of complex yet hilarious events during their service. The story goes that Punyasoma’s wife Champa (Duleeka Marapana) is impatiently waiting for her husband’s promotion and a subsequent salary increment.
It is at this stage that a gang of robbers abduct a young woman demanding a ransom of several millions from her parents. The responsibility to find the girl fell on Punyasoma and his police station. The police hardly suspect that the abduction plot is made by none other than, Viraj, the girl’s boyfriend himself. The film takes many comic and dramatic turns during the attempt by the police to find the girl.
Others in the cast include Janaka Ranasinghe, Sisira Kumarathuga, Ronnie Leach, Lasantha Udukumbura, Chathura Perera, Lahiru Mudalige, R. G. Siriwardena, Ananda Athukorala and Menik Siriwardena who makes her debut appearance on the big screen.
Udayakantha’s 18th film direction is filmed by Ayeshman Hettiarachchi, while edited by Praveen Jayantha and makeup by Wasantha Vittachci. Art director is Manoj Priyantha while Donald Jayantha assisted the direction of ‘Kosthapal Punyasoma’, a film jointly produced by Sunil T. Fernando, Yohan Premaratne and Udayakantha himself for ‘Bahuroo’ Films.
Bathiys and Santhus and Lanthra Perera of the ‘Doctor’ musical band created the playback songs which were sung by Nalin Perera, Lanthra Perera and Bathiya Jayakody.
The other films of Udayakantha to be released, this year is a children’s movie ‘Rankevita-2’ and an action film ‘Senasuru Maruwa’ respectively.