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    Original Article from Sandeshaya Sri Lannka – The Art of Sri Lankan Cinema.

    Story
    Finally, Handagama has broken ice. It was the second welcoming news of this year, relating to Sri Lankan cinema, after the news that Chinta and Udaya managed to arrange a premiere of their debut How I Wonder What You Are. The invitation stated  Asoka Handagama is back with a difference.  The  difference  was too hard to predict, given that Handagama was/is a relentless rebelpar excellence, surviving in the alternative wave he established. Having directed five features, he could screen only two locally, while the rest were censored and/or forbidden. After the aborted mission with Aksharaya (Letters of Fire), Handagama s dominant silence gave a warning that Sri Lanka was not a space for free expression. In this context, the impending  difference  seemed an anaesthetic to the cankering deadliness of the present cinema at home.
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    The film features an adolescent boy called Vidhu, presumably, an offshoot of a politician. With no birth certificate,
    he is denied access to free education. His mother, a prostitute and pickpocket, educates him and pushes him up the ladder. With his inborn skill of speaking, he overwhelms the whole country and achieves what he has been  dreaming in daylight.  Simultaneously, the politician, insinuated to be his father, tries to manoeuvre Vidhu to attract audiences to his superior s election rallies. The catalyst of the film revolves around the politicians  arduous attempt at manipulating the child into speaking on the political stage, and the child s resistance to speaking on the school stage at the same time. The story entails a layer of fantasy, and achieves a closure similar to that of Slumdog Millionaire.

    In terms of commercial concerns, undoubtedly, Vidhu is going to be the hit of the year. Unlike the hitherto made Handagama films, this is a film  for the whole family.  After the premiere, the majority seemed quite  satisfied,  and almost everyone I spoke to and overheard, was applauding Handagama s  difference.  The film embodies many aspects of a successful commercial film, as it is packed with action, suspense, mystery, humour and emotions. With the shift of the usual approach, the director allows his film to be dominated by colourful images and flamboyant music resembling a rock music style. More notably, unlike in Aksharaya, Thani Thatuwen Piyabanna, and Me Mage Sandai, Handagama appeals to the emotions of the audience and makes them shed tears. The scene of Vidhu s speech on the tree, with a stolen microphone, is an ideal example in this regard. This is a colossal departure in the Handagam style, which used to address the intellect of the audience, rather than emotions; the spectators  head, not their heart. Instantly, the film filled me with enormous pleasure, because Handagama is able to prove himself to be versatile with it. His filmography, oftentimes, made him vulnerable to be stigmatized as a  freak  by some Sri Lankan cinema  intellectuals . His war films were invariably branded as part of NGO sponsored anti-governmental projects. In the case of Thani Thatuwen Piyabanna, all the cinematic conceits were undermined by the over emphasised fact that he had exposed his wife s nudity. Finally, with Vidhu, he pats his critics  heads and knocks on them, exhibiting his capability to excel in the Somarathna Dissanayake tradition. Of course, Vidhu presents a criticism of the contemporary economic and socio-political issues of Sri Lanka. Vidhu s mother has to  sin , to keep the son alive. As she says to the son, her value vacillates by the day, and when it has no value, she cannot help but pick pockets. The politician, a former lover of hers, typifies a Sri Lankan politician entrapped in the impenetrable mire of corruption and misuse of power. However, unfortunately, the social criticism presented by the film does not contain an iota of the highly trenchant Handagama style, which is profound and poetic. Also, the character of the politician is relegated to a caricature, heightening the sense of humour. In these terms, I was overwhelmed by a recurring sense of sadness, on second thoughts. Considering that this was made by Handagama, the undaunted pioneer of an alternative wave, Sri Lankan cinematic wave, the unprecedented  difference  is tragic.
    In fact, more than a  difference , it is a colossal transformation. As a friend of mine commented,  This is Handagama s metamorphosis from the butterfly with one wing to a wingless caterpillar . In my opinion, he was not a butterfly, but a poisonous wasp. Eventually, his fangs have been removed, and made him a butterfly, tamed and confined in a deadly cocoon. This situation raises the need to see as to why this  evolution  was necessitated. As Handagama emphasised at the premiere, the film is  made for children . Frankly, it is made to pacify infantile temperaments of  adults , in relevant authoritative bodies in charge of the cinema, who valourise  children s films .
    Eventually, Handagama has been relegated to another supplier of commodities, and the shrine he built with his
    previous films has been desecrated thus. Vidhu kills one of the last remaining hopes for Sri Lankan cinema, and by
    no means is Handagama martyred in this death. The only remaining hope would be to assume that Handagama has
    been aware of his metamorphosis.

    from nation.lk

    Cast & Crew
    ByAsoka Handagama
    Co- Produced By Iranthi Abeyasinghe
    Jagath Wijenayaka
    Prashant Rathi & Kanwar Inder Rai
    Prasanna Vithanage

    Staring
    Chandani Senevirathne
    Saumya Liyanage
    Gamini Hettiarachchi

    Introducing
    Thanishka Vimalarathne
    Shamila Nimanthi Frenando
    Himasal Liyanage
    With
    Asoka De Soysa
    Lanka Bandaranayaka
    Amarapala Karasingharachchi
    Shyam Fernando
    Bhanu Prasanna
    Ranjith Marasinghe

    Director of Photography Channa Deshapriya

    Editor Ravindra Guruge

    Art Director Sunil Wijerathna

    Music Kapila Poogalaarachchi

    Make up Hemantha Gamage

    Costumes Lucky Athauda Rangith Marasinghe

    Sound Controller Aruna Priyantha Kaluarachchi

    Sound Recodists Geethananda Serasinghe Nimal Perera

    Song
    Composer: Kapila PoogalaarachchI
    Lyrics: Asoka Handagama
    Vocalists: Nelu Adhikari Kapila Poogalaarachchi

    Assistant Director Prasad Lakmal Darmarathna

    Production Manager Manjula Perera

    Assistant Department
    2nd Asistant Director   Dilanka Ranganath
    3rd Asistant Director   Kasun Pathirana

    Script Supervisor – Jeewanthi Manik Kodithuwakku

    Casting Assistant   Upamali Shanika Nuwarapaksha

    Art Department
    On-Set Assistant Art Director   Sunil Premarathna
    Art Department Assistant   Kamal Wigesinghe Ibagamuwa – Upul Priyashantha Liyanage

    Foley Artist Podimahaththaya

    Editing Assistant Ajith Ramanayaka

    Title Graphics Ishara Lakmal De Silva

    Production Assistants Sameera Lasantha Priyantha Samaraweera

    Makeup Assistant Asiri Chaturanga

    Artificial Limbs Premanath Jayasekara

    Costume Assistant Sanjaya Marasinghe

    Camera Unit Gaffer   Ariyarathna Perera
    1st Camera Assistant   Anura Kodithuwakku
    Camera Assistants   Kapila Sugath Samantha Nishshanka D.H.J.K. Disanayake Asanka Suranjan

    Technical Crew Jagath Nandana Vithana Sunil Shantha Harsha Wikum Chathuranga Wijerathna Hiran Buddhika Rangana Prasad Gunathilake

    Visual Effects Rusiru Tharinda Pannila

    Supporting Characters Kasun Pathirana, Suresh De Silva, Chanaka Neranjan, Reyency Ranjith, Jagath Nandana Vithana, Asanka Priyathilaka, Ananda Kularathna, Sugath Bandara, Helan Dilrukshi, E.M. Samithra, Sharintha Weerasinghe, Shalinda Perera, Thamindu Thilanka Kodithuwakku, Thisara Somodya, Deena Jayani, Irusha Dilrukshi, Neluka Perera, Nimesh Dilshan, Asanka Senadeera, Manjula Perera, Lucky Athauda, Nishshanka De Silva, Gayan Deshapriya, Lahiru Perera, Dinesh Suranga, W.K. Mariya Theres Fernando, A. Jayamaha, Priyantha Peiris, Indika Thilak, Asoka Senadheera, Jude Nimalarathne, Ajith Ananda, Rohana Priyathilaka, Geeth Nishantha,
    Sajith Nishshanka, R.P. Yamuna Nilangani, T.A. Nilaksha Maleesha, Nidarshani Samarakoon, Ayanthika Lakshani, Shashikala Sewwandi, Geethika Nishani, Achala Udayanthi, A.G.N. Anthony, Asanka Fernando, W.J. Jhonson, Rukshan Kumara, J.R. Fernando, W.D.N. Fernando, Wasana Sampath, Uvindu Ishanka, Niroshan Lakmal, Menuka Rahul, Pasindu, Supun Madhushan (HP), B.M. Thilina Dhasun,
    Prabhatha Sampath.

    Supporting Cast Sachitha Chamith, Suranga Nipun, Krishan Hiranga Chandana, Charuka Shalinda, Chathura Nadeesha, Kavindu Irusha,
    Rasitha Achini, Sumaal Dinithi, Ishara Anun, Isaru Suressh, Naveen Amith, Janith Samagi, Ranga Surendra, Nalin Kannangara, Suneth Dinusha, Kamal Wejesinghe, S. Indika, Nirosha Lakmalee, Florida Perera, Danuanjana Ranjan, Reeta Joslin, Jhone Nikalas, Shiromi Sumedha Weerasinghe

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