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“My second film too is likely to stir up a buzz and raise some eyebrows. It is a unconventional love story,” says internationally acclaimed director Enokaa Sathyangani Keerthinanda as she talks about her second movie Cindrella. The movie is in its editing process and will be released towards mid 2012.
Q: The film title derives from the well known fairytale. Is this a Cinderella story set in the modern world?
A: I have used the title of the film symbolically because the main female character, Isanka, faces trials similar to fairytale character. It has a fairytale element and is a youth love story. However rather than having the presence of a wicked stepmother and snobbish stepsisters, it is Isanka’s fate that is wicked.
Are Sri Lankan filmmakers of the alternative stream gradually giving up their ideals and embracing the mainstream in the face of growing censorship and public opinion which seems to be gradually turning censorial? Recent developments seem to affirm that sentiment. Ashoka Handagama came out with Vidu, which is a hit among teachers and school children under 13, and Enoka Sathyangani announced a few weeks back that her next film will be titled Cinderella, a romance.
Sathyangani made a name for herself in the early 2000s with her debut feature film Sulang Kirilli, which dealt with the lives of garment workers at the Free Trade Zone, and abortion. The 2002 film won 22 international awards but was met with scepticism and censorship back home. With the discontinuation of the National Film Development Fund and growing concerns of censorship the director kept a low profile.