Angelika - An aesthetic expression of love transcending the
synthetic barriers of class
Angelika, the most glamorous and artistic film portraying a poignant
love story between a well-groomed son of an aristocrat and a beautiful
daughter of a caretaker of the estate, will hit the silver screen from
28th of this month.
Perhaps, no other film in contemporary Sri-Lankan cinema is as
glamorous in cinematography, simple in diction, with spellbound
sceneries that take Sri-Lankan viewers for the first time, from
panoramic and breathtaking mountainscape, to the highly commercialised
metropolito of Kualalampur.
It also depicts a generation of impoverished workers depending solely
on the estates of Imbulgoda clan. However, one of them,Piyadasa, the
caretaker of the bungalow, conspired to own the vast empire of material
prosperity through his beautiful and attractive daughter Angelika.
Thivanka, the only child of Clifford and Induththara Imbulgoda who
spent many years in England pursuing his higher studies, arrives as an
accomplished and eligible bachelor. His friends in camouflage stage a
mock kidnap scene culminating in a surprise party accorded to welcome
Kavya accompanied by her parents attend the party with the intention
of winning over the heart of Thivanka, who was her childhood play-mate.
Since the welcome party, Kavya, with her businessman father,
frequented Imbulgoda's compound on the pretext of discussing business
Kavya's father Erdly Samaradivakara toasting with Thivanka's father,
allow Kavya to pursue the indifferent Thivanka. Kavya tries her best to
get hold of Thivanka, who showed sisterly love towards his childhood
Thivanka who lost his mother in a tragic accident which occurred at
his ancestral home, reads her diary, mostly dedicated to fond memories
of Thivanka's childhood.
The diary is full of Thivanka's childhood photographs which arouses
Thivanka's nostalgia compelling him to visit his ancestral home.
Kavya vehemently opposing the idea of Thivanka going to stay for a
few days alone in the Imbulgodas' manor house, tactfully, together with
her parents throw a grand dinner in order to avert Thivanka from going
to the Imbulgoda mansion. To Kavya's utter despair, Thivanka leaves for
his ancestral home in the hills, where he spent his formative years in
the comfort of his mother, which is now being looked after by the
faithful caretaker family who had served generations of Imbulgoda
On the way to the estate, Thivanka stops his jeep at a brook where he
used to play in his childhood. It is at this juncture, that Thivanka,
for the first time, meets the unspoilt and mischievous village damsel
who happened to be Piyadasa's daughter, Angelika, who out of mischief,
misleads Thivanka when he asked the direction to his estate.
A series of colourful events that happen in the estate, draw Thivanka
and Angelika together, and eventually they become soul-mates. Although
Angelika at first was suspicious of the genuineness of Thivanka's
romantic feelings towards her, through a sequential, well-designed
series of events; the director Channa Perera who also plays the main
role as Thivanka, shows mastery of the craft in convincing the viewers
the genuineness on the part of Thivanka.
Here, heartthrob Channa Perera shows that he is a brilliant actor who
had been successful both in small screen and silver screen
Bypassing the constraints of the media.
Meanwhile, Kavya and her father hatch another strategy, and suggest
Clifford Imbulgoda to spend a holiday in the Imbulgoda Bungalow, which
is resisted by Clifford Imbulgoda who politely requested Kavya and her
father to enjoy the holiday in the company of Thivanka.
The much awaited holiday with great expectations, turns out to be a
boring and frustrating time for Kavya and her father, as they had to
spend most of the time in the confines of the bungalow, while Thivanka
wonders as a free bird among panoramic mountainscape with a host of
placid tanks in the midst of a blossoming love affair, and playing with
Angelika's younger brother and sister which is a reminiscent of his
One day, Kavya discovers the "forbidden" love, but she blessed
Thivanka and Angelika, while the furious father of Kavya cut short the
holiday and rushed to Colombo.
Clifford Imbulgoda blessed Thivanka with a ring worn by Induththara (Thivanka's
mother). However, Clifford extracted a promise from Thivanka to marry
Angelika after the completion of Thivanka's final examinations in
England. On the eve of his departure to England, Thivanka learnt that
Angelika was kidnapped by an unknown group using the pajero which
belonged to Kavya's father. The mysterious kidnap is followed by curious
events, culminating in the discovery of a decomposed body, alleged to be
that of Angelika's.
The suspicion of the kidnap and the subsequent discovery of the body
is cast on Kavya's father, as his stolen pajero was used in the kidnap.
However, Kavya's father is proved innocent following a law suit.
Grief-stricken Thivanka spent his days in loneliness and as suggested
by his close friend (Narada Bakmeeweewa) flew to Malaysia on a business
In a coincident, Thivanka found a girl strikingly similar to Angelika
praying at a temple in Kualalampur.
Although his friend decided to leave for Sri Lanka, Thivanka stayed
in desperation just to have a glance and a chat with the girl.
Subsequently, Thivanka found out that the girl who poses as Uththara, in
reality, is his own Angelika.A series of startling discoveries led
Thivanka to return to Sri Lanka with Angelika.
Thivanka turns tables on his father who believed that Angelika is his
own illegitimate child by Piyadasa's wife.
Later, with the confession of Siripala, a tragic riddle is unveiled
describing the voracious desire and evil scheme by Piyadasa, to own the
"ocean of prosperity" through his daughter, Angelika.
Underneath the superficial romantic affair, Angelika is a film with a
deep insight into the human feelings, and reflects on a gory aspect of
Sri Lankan aristocracy which demands total yielding of even the most
intimate human feelings in the interest of protecting and sustaining
Kavya's father and Thivanka's father, landed gentry, are interested
in carrying on the social status and business empire, through
intra-family marriage conceived through subtly pre-destined arrangements
where their off-springs have no active roles to play.
For them, children serve as yet another instrument of carrying on
their lineage and class interest which is mostly common among Asian
Thivanka who is fabulously rich lacks a vital aspect of his life and
finds some of the characteristics of his mother in Angelika's
personality. Kavya, though childhood play-mate of Thivanka could not
fill or understand the emotional void in Thivanka.
Angelika offers Sri Lankan viewers a glamorous film with spellbound
sceneries and modern cityscapes shot in Malaysia. It also explores the
universal theme of boundless love overwhelming other concerns of
Channa Perera who brilliantly portrayed the main role as Thivanka, is
also successful in his maiden directorial venture in the silver screen.
The thoroughly enjoyable film is interwoven with sequencelised events,
which prove beyond any doubt Channa's expertness in the craft, besides
convincing the viewers the vital aspect of the plot. He should also be
credited for co-acting with an Indian actress who is alien to the
language and culture.
Pooja Uma Shankar, though a popular regional actress in India who
plays the main role as Angelika, was committed to contribute to the work
of art with the same dedication that she had made in Indian movies.
Anarkali Akarsha and veteran actor Sanath Gunathilaka depicted their
allotted characters, leaving no margin of doubt, realistically with full
of facial expressions. Particularly, Sanath Gunathilake's maturity in
action reminds the audience of the complex character of Aravinda in
Screenplay by Channa Perera and Mahesh Sathsara Maddumaarachchi,
cinematographer Jayanath Gunawardene have contributed immensely to make
Angelika one of the most enthralling cinematic experience that
individuals of every age-group could enjoy.
Edited by Ravindra Guruge, music directed by Rohana Weerasinghe,
make-up artist J. Suranimala, Art Director Athula Sulthanagoda,
production Manager Ashoka Ariyarathne have done justice to their