In his quest to achieve ultimate spiritual contentment, the challenges, complexities and hardships that a monk has to face are immense.
Torn in between spiritual and worldly attachments, the monk faces a grave dilemma as whether to pursue his spiritual goals or be faithful towards the worldly affections. Seasoned dramatist Hector Kumarasiri hopes to do an artistic cinematic analysis on such internal battles and conflicts that a monk has to go through with the launch of his debut movie Abinikmana.
Direction – Hector Kumarasiri
Music Director – Nimantha Heshan
Lyrics- Sunil Ariyaratne
Producers – Sarath Subasinghe, Nimal Chandrasiri, Ruwan Dinesh, Rajitha Wijerathen
Camera Direction – Nimal Nakalanda
The film revolves around the life of ‘Ven Buddadassi’. His spiritual journey faces a major crisis with his maternal parents becoming ill due to a severe sickness. He is faced with no option but to give up his robes in order to help out his ailing parents. The senior monks condemn his actions and turn him in to the laughing stock among the monk community. Free from spiritual commitments, he faces another major crisis as a young, rural beauty called Seedevi falls in love with his serene ways. The film unravels around this fascinating storyline. At a time where everyone is ridiculing the extravagant ways of contemporary Buddhist monks, the film hopes to peek in to their lives and look at the dilemma from their perspective.
An apt foil of senior and young actors has contributed to the film. Veterans Joe Abeywickrama and Irangani Serasinghe act as the parents of Ven Buddassi. Promising actor Sudarshna Bandara plays the main role as Ven Buddassi.
“Sudarshana’s performance is tremendous. I felt he did full justice to the role and performed his part better than I ever expected. He showed great potential and talent,” director Kumarasiri said.
The rest of the cast include, W. Jayasiri, Mahendra Perera, Malkanthi Jayasinghe, Lochana Imashi, Nimal Chandrasiri, Ruwan Dinesh, Manori Wimalathunga, Gamini Ambalangoda, Jeevan Haduneththi, Damayanthi Perera and Kumara Abeywardane.
Though Abinikmana is Kumarasiri’s first reel ride. However he is not an amateur to the field of Art. He has already claimed great critical acclamation through stage dramas such as Loka Dekai Eka Minihai, Dadin Bidin Don, Ha Ha Landey, Devlo Dhoni, Uththamacharaya, Ley Kandulu Dahadiya and Biso, Sinhala Ahasa.
“I feel I have contributed lot to Sri Lankan Art. The movie is almost a gift to the community. I believe all of us are indebted to this world, to this society that we belong. Therefore before we die, we have to pay-back at least some of that debt,” he notes.
However the filming of Abinikmana was done under great difficulties. Hector underwent a life threatening accident and had to be carried in wheel chair during the final days in the filming process.
“I believe in Karma. Yes, the accident must have happened because of some bad thing I may have done. But at the same time, it showed me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such great bunch of friends. My mate Lal Liyanage carried me everywhere in his car. The producers Sarath Subasinghe, Nimal Chandrasiri, Ruwan Dinesh, Rajitha Wijerathne, all of these people backed me and helped me out a lot to finish the screening,” he explained.
The music direction is done by Hector’s son, the lecturer and the master of music, Nimantha Heshan. The lyrics are written by Professor Sunil Ariyarathne. The film is set to launch in June, parallel to the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations.
Abhinikmana Photo Gallery
Abhinikmana for ‘BHUDDHA JAYANTHI 2011 by Hector Kumarasiri – Original Article from Sandeshaya Sri Lannka – The Art of Sri Lankan Cinema.
Tags: Camera : Nimal Nakandala, Hector Kumarasiri, Iranganie Serasinghe, Joe Abeywickrama, Mahendra Perera, Nimal Nakalanda, Nimantha Heshan, Sinhala Film Abhinikmana, Sudarshana Bandara, Sunil Ariyaratne
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