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Aloko Udapadi (2017)

Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage. In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sinhala kingdom (present day Sri... See full summary »


Chathra Weeraman, Bharatha Hettiarachchi (co-director)


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Credited cast:
Uddika Premarathna Uddika Premarathna ... King Walagamba
Dilhani Ekanayake Dilhani Ekanayake ... Queen Anula (as Dihani Ashokamala Ekanayake)
Roshan Ravindra Roshan Ravindra ... Theeya
Menaka Peiris Menaka Peiris
Nihal Fernando Nihal Fernando ... Pulahatta
Kapila Sigera Kapila Sigera ... Bahiya
Dilip Manohara Dilip Manohara ... Panya Mara
Shammu Kasun Madusanka Shammu Kasun Madusanka ... Godatta Thero
Rajasinha Loluwagoda Rajasinha Loluwagoda ... Chulasiva Thero
Sirisena Pallewatte Sirisena Pallewatte ... Isidatta Thero
Indika Madurage Indika Madurage ... Mahasona Thero
Mavuli Matheesha Mavuli Matheesha ... Prince Chulika
Nayana Manujitha Nayana Manujitha ... Prince Mahanaga
Ajith Kumara Ajith Kumara ... Minister Pabbatha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dineth De Silva Dineth De Silva ... Uththiya Senavi


Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage. In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sinhala kingdom (present day Sri lanka), was troubled by power-hungry forces from within and from outside, which compelled him to abandon throne and flee with a hope of returning back to power. A severe drought and a subsequent famine assailed the land for twelve unbroken years. Buddhist Monks who perpetuated Lord Buddha's word by oral tradition, could not survive the harsh conditions. The monks were troubled both by the enemy and the famine. In these dark days, the loyal subjects protected their King. Enemy leaders killed each other for power and wealth. Well armed, the King dealt a deadly blow and regained the rule and brought back the freedom the natives lost. In peace and prosperity, the monks facing the challenge wrote down the oral tradition. The Buddha's compassionate teaching became an irreducible component of the whole of...

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20 January 2017 (Sri Lanka) See more »

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Anuradhapura, Sri lanka See more »


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LKR 130,000,000 (estimated)
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A Cinematic masterpiece, a huge step forward..!
3 February 2017 | by samrpgSee all my reviews

It is a Cinematic masterpiece in Sinhala Cinema.

During recent times we witnessed a lot of Sinhala movies with a Historical story line. But None of the movies were able to create such "Realness" and "Liveness" in their visuals. With some astonishing camera work and some stunning choice of locations, this movie has produced some excellent cinematic which were never evident in movies which came before.

To a generation that have seen, English movies like "Lord of the Rings", Aloko Udapadi will be promising that Sinahala Cinema will soon match their expectations of a Historical movie.

However the mediocre Script leads the movie to a series of unconnected scenes (despite a spot on opening part) with no effort to exaggerate the key milestone of the movie which could have made the viewer kept more emotionally attached to the movie. Yet it will not be enough to prevent one from saying that Aloko Udapadi is the best thing happened to the Sinhala Cinema in recent times.

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