By Susitha R. Fernando,
Pic by Udeni Alwis
Experienced teledrama director
Sumith Rohana Tittawella’s maiden film is set around
the last victorious phase of the war and brings to life the
cruelty and the agony that are fresh in our memory.
‘Sthuthi Newatha Enna’ (Thank you, come
again), scripted, screenplay written and directed by
Tittawella, the film tells the story of a father and his two
sons who are two service personnel-one a trooper the other
The Muhurath for the film was held recently
at the National Film Corporation with the participation of
film artistes and NFC Chairman.
Influenced by some
true and personal experiences, the film highlights how war
can affect people differently. “Though the war is over
we can never forget the agonies families of soldiers
underwent and are still undergoing. This is the base for my
film,” director Tittawella said.
teacher in cinema was the late Dr. Tissa Abeysekera and I was
greatly influenced by him to do this film,” Tittawella
said while mentioning that it was Mrs. Abeysekara who
inaugurated the Muhurath ceremony for the film.
“The film is a tribute to all the war heroes and
we have already decided to contribute 10% of the film’s
earning to ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ fund,” the
“I also should specially
mention that I have been glad to have a producer like Mr.
Mangala Madugalla, who encouraged me and agreed to join this
film,” Tittawella said with gratitude.
Scheduled for 20 days of filming, the direction is now
being shot at locations around Thanthirimale.
producer of ‘Sthuthi Newatha Enna’, Mangala
Madugalla is a lecturer in Modern Language attached the
University of Kelaniya and had been in Russia for last 10
“During my stay in Russia I decided to
contribute to a work of art in Sri Lanka. My first attempt
was to do a teledrama with Dr. Tissa Abeysekera. But this was
failed and it was then I met Tittawella.”