History is about to repeat itself.
Malani Fonseka and Vijaya Kumaratunga dazzled the wide screen
with Yasapalitha Nanayakkara’s yesteryear movie
Thushara in 1973.
Now a new couple, Saliya
Sathyajith and Shalika Edirisinghe, is set to recapture the
magic of the old hit with Sahan Wijesinghe’s new
version of the movie. The Daily News met Wijesinghe to
inquire about his attempt to revive the memories of the past
to the present audience.
* Why did you
decide to start your directorial debut with a remake?
Though we are advanced in technology
I have always felt that the present movies lack the beauty of
past hits. Movies made in the 1960s and 70s made use of the
cream of the industry, from the stars in the lead roles to
the music and plot.
I have watched
Nanayakkara’s Thushara 26 times and I had the hope of
doing a remake. However I did not plan on directing the
movie. My aim had been to produce and act in the remake.
It is after more than three decades that the film is
coming back to the audience. I believe that I have made the
best choices in doing justice to the original version. Some
people including NFC chairman, Jayantha Darmadasa, said that
I have made a good job of it. It is up to the audience to
decide whether my attempt if fruitful.
Besides directing and producing the film, you portray a role
Yes, I have taken on the role
of the villain originally acted by Baptist Fernando. If the
remake was done 10 or 15 years ago I would have taken on the
* Why did you decide on
Saliya and Shalika for the lead?
searched for actors to suit the characters for over a year
and finally came upon Saliya. Saliya possessed the charisma I
was searching for and I believe Shanika is quite suited to
It is sad to say that most of the actors
of today do not possess the power to attract the masses. I
wish to invite the audience to see the film and decide for
themselves whether they find the couple and the film
Around 50 per cent of the success of a
film lies in its cast. The new faces in the movie cannot be
compared with the old ones. However I have learnt to
recognise a successful creation through experience. One of
the reasons for the failure of films is they feature actors
who are seen often in television.
India have a separate group of actors for television and a
separate group for cinema. Filmmakers need to understand that
people do not wish to see the faces that they see often on
television on the wide screen.
Thushara the original version portrays society in the 1970s.
Did you make changes in the script to suit the contemporary
I altered the ending of the
film. In the old hit the police take the villain away but in
my version the villain turns up at the wedding. I did not
plan on making this change but it just struck me on the
morning that the last scene was set for shooting that such a
change is appropriate. I have also set the film in the modern
Though the film goes along with the old
version there is a difference. It would not work to use the
same types of frames as the original for the new version.
That is one of the reasons why Hathara Dennama Soorayo went
I love this industry a lot and have watched
around 900 films from out of about 1300 films that have
joined our 61-year-old Sinhala cinema history. If someone is
planning to do a remake it is fine as long as justice is done
to the original film.
The remakes of Sujatha and
Kada Una Poronduwa are quality productions. I am satisfied
because I believe that I have done my utmost to do justice to
* Some complain that there
is lack of good scripts today. What if filmmakers see remakes
as the answer to this problem?
is a global interest towards making remakes. Some were
failures but some were successful, India remade
‘Don’ and it was an instant hit. Similarly the
remake of the Tamil movie Billa was also a success.
The remakes of Sujatha and Hathara Dennama Soorayo drew
in crowds because those who had enjoyed the old film wished
to see the new version.
* Are you using
the original songs for the movie?
eight songs in the film are the originals sung by Jothipala
but I have dubbed music into the old tracks.
is because the quality of the original music was not good.
Some advised me to use a ‘superstar’ vocalist to
sing the songs but after considering all the facts I
concluded in the end that Jothipala is still the superstar of
the Sri Lankan music scene. No one had been able to reach his
* Are you planning on doing
another film after Thushara?
I wish to
do a few more remakes before beginning on a film with a new
screenplay. There is much that I have to take from the old
films and I hope to go for a new creation by learning from
these old films.
Pumi Purasinghe, Sahan Wijesinghe,
Buddhika Rambukwella, Robin Fernando, Rex Koddipilli,
Chathura Perera, Chitra Wakishta, Anju Bandara, Chathura
Perera, Nimali Kapuge, Lasantha de Alwis, Remenzi Fernando,
Chanchala Warnasuriya, Kumara Ranepura, Sarath de Silva,
Rizwan Fa and others are included in the cast. Sonia
Dissanayake who played a significant role in the original
movie had taken on the role of Saliya’s mother.
The music is by Sarath de Alwis, make up by J.
Suranimala and choreography by Lalith Pushpakumara. K. D.
Dayananda is the cameraman while Lasantha de Alwis is the
assistant director and art director. Gayana Sudarshani is the
executive producer and Lalith Gunatileke is the production
salli yohanna balan film
karanawata wada hodae nika enna eka aba walata kalin film
shesthraya wenesila thibbe me wage aya nisa. mama nam me
film ekata kemathi ne. nikan boru kiyala prekshakaya
rawattanawa. meka duwana dina gana film hall walata niwadu
hasith silva - Posts : 4 (Since :2009-07-30)
mokata karapu film ekakda
malama mala vikarayak. 1st production eka maray.
meketh e shots e vidiyatama acting. mona vikarayakda?