Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil Ariyaratne

Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil Ariyaratne

Hot on the heels of a historic movie comes another historic project based on a Buddhist theme. This time it is from the Jathaka tales and one of the most popular among the lot. This is the story of one of Prince Siddhartha’s previous births, one in which he was born with a disfigured face and had to woo the most beautiful princess in the land. Renowned art personality Prof will bring the story to the wide screen. The script which is penned by Dr is believed to be the last film script he had worked on before passing away. “Making a movie based on Kusa Jathaka had been my dream. Though Jathaka tales had been related by the Buddha there are some stories similar to those in Greek, Arabian and European folktales. The public like to listen to stories. They would enjoy watching such stories unfolding on screen even more,” Prof Ariyaratne said. The Kusa Jathaka is the 523th Jathaka story in the 550 Jathaka book. Indian folktales came to Sri Lankan with Arahant Mahinda Thera’s visit. Many temple murals and poems were influenced by them. Works like Kav Silumina and Kusa Jathaka Kavya were based on Kusa Jathaka. In 1870 Kusa Nadagama was brought to light by John Marthanius Paulas Peiris Samarasinghe. A nurthi creation named Kusa Jathaka Dhrushya Kavya was produced by John de Silva while Dr Eidirweera Sarachchandra brought Pabavathi to stage. Versatile artiste will be portraying King Kusa’s role. “Kusa Jathaka had often been confused with the Ummaga Jataka. Some even confuse King Kusa’s appearance with Kala Gola’s outlook. There is a difference between these characters’ appearances. Kala Gola who is dark and short had set off a comical atmosphere while King Kusa’s face was disfigured in such a way that it resembled a devil,” Anthony explained. The beautiful and charming Pooja Umarshanker will ignite the screen again with her luminous presence in . “I don’t know how they convinced my father to let me act again but he granted me permission to work in this film. I am so excited to be a part of this beautiful tale,” an enthusiastic Pooja said. Shooting will begin in July. The locations are in Ranminithanna Tele Cinema Village. will also be the first Sri Lankan film to be shot in Ranminithanna.

Sinhala Film Kusa Paba Crew
Director – Prof Sunil Ariyaratne
Script and dialogues – Dr Tissa Abeysekara
Cinematographer – Channa Deshapriya
Art directors – Errol Kelly and

Choreographer –
Hairstyles – Lalith Dharmawardena
Costumes – Venuka Wickramarachchi
Special effects – Boodhi Vishvanath Keerthisena()
Character sketches – Kusum Mangalika Harishchandra
Assistant director – Dhaminda Madawala
Line production –
Production executive –

Sinhala Film Kusa Paba Production team
Somaratne Dissanayake
Renuka Balasooriya
Udayakantha Warnasuriya
Dhammika Siriwardena
H D Premasiri
Sunil T Fernando
Ariyadasa Peries
Tissanagoda Vithana
Janith Marasinghe
Rasika Jinasena
Channa Deshapriya

Sinhala Film Kusa Paba Main roles
Kusa – Jackson Anthony
Pabavathi –
King Okkaka –
King Madhu –
Queen Seelavathi – Veena Jayakody
Queen Madhu – Kusum Renu

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Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil   Ariyaratne
Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil Ariyaratne
Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil Ariyaratne
Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil Ariyaratne
Sinhala Film Kusa Paba by Sunil Ariyaratne
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Original Article from Sandeshaya Sri Lannka – The Art of Sri Lankan Cinema.

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