Expounding universal love
What is significant in 'Cindrella-part 1' by veteran filmmaker Enokaa
Sathyangani Keerthinanda is her attempt to explore the universal romance
in all of us. It is a romance that over the ages filmmakers, artists
such as Pablo Picasso have skillfully expounded through their chosen
media. Employing her proven and potent cinematic diction, Enokaa has
chartered a course that has been well-explored by gifted filmmakers in
world cinema such as James Cameron in 'Titanic', yet with a marked
one may see the form and the content of the movie is similar to any
romantic film, it is obvious that the filmmaker has been able to locate
it within the contemporary socio-cultural milieu, capturing the
essential slow-moving life-pluses that are unique to Sri Lanka.
The movie is woven around a series of closely-knit incidents that
take place, primarily, in a luxury tourist hotel, with the lead roles
played by Akalanka Ganegama (as Chandula Meegaswatte) and Upeksha
Swarnamali (as Isanka). Among other visual treats, the movie contains
underwater scenes, which in a symbolic way, represent both the intense
romance between the two strangers and their mind-sets.
Chandula Meegaswatte, the 26-year-old architect student and his two
best friends decide to visit Hambantota, with the intention of visiting
Mulgirigala rock temple while awaiting their final examination results.
As they check into a beautiful 5 Star hotel located beside the beach,
they catch a glimpse of an attractive young woman. They cross paths once
again two days into their stay.
Although the beautiful young woman ignores their amorous glances at
first, an unexpected incident gives Chandula an opportunity to talk to
the girl who introduces herself as Isanka.
As friendship blossoms between the two, Isanka reveals she lives in
Switzerland and she is on a short visit to Sri Lanka. Chandula, who
falls for the young woman, excuses himself from the planned trip to
Mulgirigala with his friends, to spend more time with Isanka, whom he
finds mysterious and alluring and quite different from most women.
Chandula notices that Isanka takes great effort to conceal her
personal details but he does not pursue the matter, fearing it would
crack the budding romance. However, her continued reticence to share any
information about herself makes him wonder whether she is having a
Unable to deal with the secrecy, Chandula confronts Isanka about
their relationship. Isanka is unable to answer his questions due to
reasons she cannot confide in him.
'Cindrella' is a movie that revolves around the beauty of love,
endless suspense and tense situations that traps a 26-year old youngster
in an unfamiliar world turning his carefree life upside down.
Both lead roles are exemplary played, exploiting minute features of
the characters. For instance, Akalanka portrays a young man who seems to
have been mother's favourite but has, eventually, grown-up be a rather
mellowed character as an adult and Upeksha Swarnamali portrays a
somewhat matured young woman who lived her life as
in many other major Western commercial movies, 'Cindrella-part 1' has a
simple yet absorbing plot that among other things, engage the audience
throughout the long movie, which ends leaving many unsolved issues.
Apart from a matured cinematic diction and life-like rhythm, 'Cindrella-part
1' would, certainly, redefine the aesthetics of Sri Lankan commercial
movies. Enokaa has, rightly, identified the need of the hour to device a
aesthetically appealing cinematic diction, which is at one level
indigenous and at another espouses international commercial aesthetics
that are amply manifested in highly commercially successful Hollywood
productions such as 'Titanic', 'Jurassic Park' and 'Avatar'.
Although 'Cindrella-part 1' is a low budget movie, the filmmaker has
been able to retain the glamour and higher picture and sound quality
throughout. It is different to the conventional Sri Lankan commercial
movie that is often confined to Masala formulae. 'Cindrella-part 1'
would also be a Sri Lankan commercial movie that can be tagged for all
audiences and thereby, shares some of the cardinal features of
successful commercial movies that addresses different audiences at the
The cast includes Akalanka Ganegama, Upeksha Swarnamali, Pubudu
Chaturanga, Indrachapa Liyanage and Jayani Senanayake. The movie is
directed and produced by Enokaa Sathyangani Keerthinanda and the crew
includes Samantha Wickremaratne (Producer Executive) and Ajith