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Sooriya Arana (2004)



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Credited cast:
Jackson Anthony ... Sediris
Sajith Anuththara ... Tikira
Dasun Madushanka ... Little Monk
Jayalath Manoratne ... Monk
Duleeka Marapana ... Sediris's Wife
G.R. Perera ... Village Headman
Jayani Senanayake ... Sediris's concubine


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One of the most striking films in the history of Sri Lankan cinema
21 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

After the enormous success of his critical movie, 'Saroja', Somarathne Dissanayake has tried to draw the Sri Lankan moviegoers' attention to a movie with more 'natural and artistic' values than any other movie in the last decades of Sri Lankan cinema. The breathtaking story embedded in this movie is unfolded in a sylvan environment; this movie has been filmed at location of 'Meemurai', a forested area which equips the filmmakers with all the necessities to bring the storyline to life. The movie opens with Sediris, a hunter in the jungle teaching his son the tricks of his trade. Jackson Anthony, the perfect actor for the role, has given more life and strength to the character than the filmmakers could have expected. Though the language he uses is somewhat harsh to the minds of children who were the targeted audience, the dialogues have been written suitably. Then suddenly, a Buddhist monk accompanied by a novice come to live in the jungle. What Sediris did for a living is hindered by the monk who tries to stop him. The uninterrupted flow of the movie perseveres with the differences in the attitudes of the two; the monk and the huntsman. In the mean time, the two boys; the novice and the son of the hunter become friends. The freshness and splendor of childhood has been brightly exhibited in this movie. The unforgettable musical experience added to the movie by Rohana Weerasinghe has highlighted the theme of the film. The movie ends with the unification of the two sides; the hunter who hoists his own petard by losing his leg, gives his son to the Buddhist order. This movie captures a beautiful theme nourished by the Buddhist teachings. An emotional tug of war is put forth by this colourful production. This movie stands out as one of the highest grossing movies in the history of Sri Lankan cinema. It has left its signature in the minds of the audience.

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