A journey back to the heroic period
CINEMA: Fifty years of Sri Lankan cinema and a list of 1062 films from Kadawuna Poronduwa to Sankara. Among its variety of themes, it is surprising that only six films (Asokamala 1974, Sirisangabo 1952, Sandeshaya 1960, Sigiri Kashyapa 1966, Weera Puranappu 1978, and Weera Madduma Bandara 1984) have been based on the rich and legendary past of Sri Lanka.

More than two decades later, another historical movie will join their queue. Unlike its predecessors, this will not be a tragedy. This is Aba, the tale of the Ruhunu era. The heroic story of a prince destined for the throne. This brings forth the myth and mystery connected with the birth of Prince Pandukabaya – a birth which rocked a whole kingdom and brought a whole line of princes to establish Sri Lanka’s richest era in history- the Ruhunu kingdom.

This is the story behind Jackson Anthony’s newest film. Sajith Anuththara, Ravindra Randeniya, Malini Fonseka, Sabitha Perera, Kanchana Kodithuwakku, Saumya Liyanage, Shriyantha Mendis, Dulani Anuradha, Lucien Bulathsinhala, Madu Madhava Aravinda, Bimal Jayakody, Wasantha Dukgannarala, Wasantha Moragoda, Kasun Chamara, and Janith Banuka are among the main cast. This film is produced by Justin Belagamage and Rajindra Jayasinghe. The Muhurath ceremony of Aba took place at the Water’s Edge on June 1.

Daily News 06 Jun 2007