Asai Mang Piyambanna:
Nothing but a light-hearted romance
Asai Mang Piyambanna, latest film by Udayakanta Warnasuriya with
Pooja Umashanker is being shown in the EAP Circuit.
While Pooja plays the main lead role, Roshan Ranawana and Sanath
Gunatilaka play the lead male roles. The film has been produced by
Dhammika Siriwardana on behalf of Alankulama films.
The story revolves around a village girl (Pooja) in a hill country,
Ranmali who is the daughter of a traditional dancer. Praveen, a rich lad
from the metropolitan comes to the scene when his rich parents visit the
village in search of a picturesque location for a hotel.
Meanwhile, Praveen falls in love with Ranmali which ends with the
failure of the hotel project.
The story takes a turn with Ranmali breaking up her affair with
Praveen and leaves for the city to join a dancing troupe managed by a
multi-millionaire Sapumal Senadeera.
Ranmali acquires city-mannerism and changes her name to 'Malisha' to
suit the adapted environment. She becomes the number the best
female-singer in the country. Though Praveen tries to tie up again with
Malisha, the attempts fail due to Malisha's opposition.
Though the film is not for the serious audience, it provides passing
entertainment with breath-taking scenery and Pooja's all-round best
acting as in the 'Anjelika'. Most of the scenery, particular the first
scene is some what carrying the characteristic of 'Anjelika'. It is
doubtful whether the director is influenced by Channa Perera's Anjelika.
Shiran de Sylva and Roshan Ranweera, though d,buts, play their roles
convincingly. It should be stated here that they have a long way to go
to reach the pinnacle of maturity. Sri Lankan audience may appreciate
Director Udayakantha Warnasuriya if he tries to produce a film of the
calibre of 'Randiya Dahara'.
The film is ideal for care-free teenagers who could enjoy it as they
enjoy a bar of chocolate. Even as a commercial, Asai Mang Piyambanna is
devoid of an iota of seriousness which could have been possible if the
Director would have though of that aspect which could give the film a
Instead of pursuing the traditional formula of a triangular love
story, the film could have been a better experience if the script had
been better. Udayakanta should strive hard to improve his skills in the
craft instead of churning out cheap fantasies aimed at seemingly,
lowering the public taste.
The sole motive of a venture of this nature seems to be financial
rather than artistic. Director, markedly, failed to derive the best of
out the otherwise talented cast. It is a pity that the Director could
not make use of actors such as Sanath Gunatilaka as done by Sumithra
Peiris in 'Viragaya'.
After the immense success of Elizabeth Moir School's musical
productions, of Street Beat (2004), Bring It On (2005) and Dazzle
(2006), the school is to wow audiences again this November with the
explosive Breakin' Bars.
Directed by Nathan Imboden and produced by Zara Mathew under the
watchful eye of accomplished veteran Aida Mansoor, the production will
yet again showcase the school's well known talent and enthusiasm for
performing and entertaining.
Set in the climate of a Juvenile prison, where tensions runs high not
only between guards and prisoners but also between prisoners themselves,
we are introduced to a world where violence reigns supreme.
The inmates, some barely teenagers, are dominated by the ruthless and
oppressive control of the guards, led by Tanisha Panditaratne and
Alexander Vogt. A recently jailed inmate, played by Nathan Imboden, is
fed up of the constant abuse from the guards and arouses a unified
uprising against them. The prisoners ultimately come to realise that in
order to stop their maltreatment once and for all, they must put aside
their differences to face the guards as one powerful force.
This fantastic battle of wills is expressed in the form of dance;
stomping, break dancing and heavy hip hop, song; contemporary mainstream
songs, classic Broadway musicals and retro. The choreography, inspired
and influenced by distinguished dancer Natasha Jayasuriya, was done in
most part by the students led by Zara Mathew, though assistance was
provided by professional Maldivian choreographer Nuha Naseer.
From flips and shoulder-spins to free styling with hip hop routines,
expect something quite unlike anything you have seen before. Through the
varying dance styles, the harsh lifestyle of prisoners, their resentment
of oppression and final revolution is effectively portrayed.
Songs sung by their talented soloists include 'Shackles' by Mary sung
by Melanie Daetwyler and Mariam Luthufi, current finalist of TNL
Onstage, will be performing, amongst others, Aretha Franklin's 'Chain of
Fools'. The students will perform 'Breakin' Bars', an original mixture
of rap, beat-boxing and singing.
This production maintains the standards of its predecessors and will
no doubt make an entertaining evening out. It will take place on of
November 10 and 11 at the Bishop's College Auditorium at 7.30 pm. (IT)
Mad About Money - comedy at its best
Drama lovers will have another opportunity to enjoy theatre from
Mumbai when the Rotary Club of Colombo East presents Ashvin Gidwani's
play "Mad About Money" featuring Mumbai's renowned theatre and
television personalities Amar Talwar, Jayati Bhati, Smita Bansal, Gaurav
Sharma and Kavita Rathod.
The play a dinner theatre one will be held at the Cinnamon Grand on
November 14 (dinner theatre) and on November 15 (theatre with heavy
snacks). The Principal Sponsor for the event is ICICI Bank Salary
Account with Sunday Observer and Daily News the print media sponsors.
Rated as 'one of India's best and most serious contemporary
playwrights writing in English' by the International Herald Tribune, Mad
About Money is Mahesh Dattani debut into the Mumbai theatre arena.
Dattani teams up with Ashvin Gidwani to produce this play on a
contemporary Indian topic.
It is all about human relationships in this life and the after life.
The story revolves around the Mehta family and how Hasmukkbhai tries to
control the entire family even from his grave...the result being some
hilarious situations and outcomes.
"I was extremely enthusiastic about my directional debut in Mumbai.
This was a thrilling experience as in spite of having a busy schedule
with the television, the cast was passionate to be a part of the play.
The effort put in by the cast is tremendous and the play will reveal
them. I have thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Singapore, Malaysia
and Dubai and I'm looking forward to our play being well received in Sri
Lanka, which I understand, has a buoyant, theatre going crowd" comments