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The sets were buzzing with activity as `Sihina Kumari’ (Dream Princess), Sri Lanka’s first lengthy teleserial to be aired with stereo transmission facilities was being filmed. The star couple Chathurika Peries and Roshan Pilapitiya along with Chathurika’s father, Jayantha Peries, bring `Chala Ru Creations’ maiden project from Monday to Friday at 7.27 p.m. on Rupavahini.

The 32 episode teleplay is based on the life and activities of four youths. Directed by the award winning Chamara Jayaweera of `Dehadake Aadaren’ and `Vidharshana’ fame, the creation introduces a couple of new faces to the scene along with popular and experienced campaigners.

Ashanthi Ranasinghe and Roshan Perera act opposite Chathurika and Roshan while Veena, Nita, Robin, Kusum Renu, Buddhi and others play significant roles in the story scripted by Lakshman Pushpakumara. Child actress Saranya Jayakody will also display her acting talents while Sriyantha Mendis makes a guest appearance.

`Sihina Kumari’ is based on a variety of themes: a triangular romance, business rivalries, the bond between parents and children and a series of rare yet realistic occurrences.

“We stumbled upon the structure of the plot on the internet. It contained most of the ingredients of interest to the contemporary society. Lakshman developed some scenes to bring a local touch to the work and the finale product encompasses a thrilling and engaging story of four youths and their attitude towards life, their parents and peers,” Chathurika explained the roots of the project.In a period when teledramas take on a monotonous path `Sihina Kumari’ provides a novel experience to the audience.

Audience will be able to identify pieces of their own life and experiences embedded in the tale.“Most of the present day directors refrain from focusing on the technical aspects and the quality of the final product. If the product shows signs of becoming a hit they merely add a few more incidents to stretch it for a few more months. New devices need to be put to use.

We should make creations to nurture the industry and leave something for the next generation to develop on,” Jayantha Peiris stressed the need of using new technological resources to make quality creations.

He also added that most of the past teledramas had been family oriented or set on a rural backdrop.

`Sihina Kumari’ highlights the youth lifestyle of today. Only a few creations have captured this aspect on a big scale and brought it before the audience. It focuses on a universal aspect: the clash between parents and adolescents,” he stressed.

All the crew involved in the teleplay are youths so a lot of fresh ideas have been laced together in combining the final product. Veteran director Nalan Mendis too had given them a few tips before shooting commenced.Manjula Dushan is the art director, Romesh Akila is the assistant director, Hansaka Gunawardena the make up artist and Rohana Hewavitharana is in charge of the settings. Priyantha Pradeep is the cameraman while Sankalpa Randika is the editor. The costume designers are Chandana Priyankara, Bhanu and Kanthi Gamage.

Mangala Pradeep is the music director of the teleserial for which Prageeth Ratnayake and Nishantha Priyadeva penned lyrics. Ajith Chandana is the production assistant.

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