Saturday, January 21, 2012
Sinhala cinema celebrates anniversary with Kusa Paba
Sinhala cinema celebrates her 65th anniversary with the screening of Sunil Ariyaratne’s latest film ‘Kusa Paba’ today (Jan. 21) in the EAP Board, including at Savoy Cinema.
Sinhala cinema’s first film ‘Kadavunu Porodunduwa’ was first shown in 1947.
To mark the occasion ‘Kusa Paba’ was to be screened at the National Film Corporation’s Ridma Hall starting at 9.00 am, with first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa being the chief guest.
The film, an adaptation of a story in Buddhist literature, was shot entirely at the Ranminitenna Tele Cinema Village at a cost of Rs. 80 million.
The cast of more than 1,000 actors and actress includes Jackson Anthony, Puja Umashankar, Ravindra Randeniya, Veena Jayakody, Chandani Seneviratne, Palitha Silva, Kusum Renu, Mahendra Perera and Gamini Jayalath.
The script and dialogue are by the late Dr. Tissa Abeysekara.