Emerging film director Satyajith Maitipe
has stolen international limelight with his maiden creation
being selected for the Rotterdam International Film
Satyajith's Bora Diya Pokuna (Scent of
the Lotus Pond) will contest in the director's first and
second film category at the 33rd Rotterdam festival which
will be held from January 21 to February 1.
film has won nomination for the Tiger Award at the
Satyajith's film focuses on
the contemporary social issues faced by the younger
generation of the country.
The film is set in the
true backdrop of the Free Trade Zone and is woven around
three young girls who toil at a garment factory and their
relationship with an airman."The film itself is a cross
section of the lives of village youth who are serving at
garment factories and security services and how their lives
are subject to change amidst challenges in urbanised
society," Satyajith says.
The script of the
film is also by Satyajith. The film is driven on young lives
with emphasis on three main aspects - love, sex and marriage
- amidst the background of a very complex political and
In making this film, Satyajith had
been greatly inspired by Buddhism. "Although the issues
concerned fall into social and political categories. The main
structure is strengthened by Buddhism," he added.
The theme of the film is very much closer to his own
life, says Satyajith. "In my generation, there is a
group of youth who were led astray after their love life is
shattered. Once their dream world is gone, they don't find
courage to face real life. The film in a way shows a facet of
However, Satyajith believes that
his film gives a different theme to the people. "The
message I want to give is that although life is full of
trouble and pathetic conditions, it is still worth more than
anything else," he added.
The main two female
characters of the film are played by award winning actress
Kaushalya Fernando and Dilani Abeywardena. The main male
character is performed by novice Duminda de Silva who
represented the Sri Lankan National Rugby team.
Besides, the film also stars acclaimed artistes such as
Iranganie Serasinghe, Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka, Veena
Jayakody, Priyanka Samaraweera, Chandani Seneviratne, Chandra
Kaluarachchi and Liyoni Kotalawala.
The film was
produced under a loan scheme extended by the National Film
Corporation to young directors. A group comprising Satyajith,
Kaushalya and Duminda de Silva will participate in the