Sri Lankan Sinhala Film Ira Handa Yata by Benet Rathnayaka at Sandeshaya

Sri Lankan Sinhala Film Ira Handa Yata by Benet Rathnayaka at Sandeshaya
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Sinhala Film Ira Handa Yata Story

A Coincidental meeting of a soldier and an Army Officer, at a dark night, in a forest burning with war. The soldier’s efforts born out of sheer respect to save the life of his critically wounded senior officer become futile at the end. At the senior officer’s death, he, nagged constantly by his conscience, and its questioning, feels that he too was responsible for the death of his senior officer. In the face of this, the soldier begins to probe into the past of the Army Officer’s life and engages in boundless sacrifice to bring justice to him and in that process he gets his past wrongs corrected Thus, “Beneath Sun and Moon” will tomorrow bring us the true strength of the human bond created between an ideal soldier and a dying Army Officer.

Ira Hada Yata … explore life, to perceive life, to appreciate life,… You Meet….


He, who wished for an equitable world, hence, would not pardon even the wrongs committed by his own kindred, was always truthful. He was just. He, as a hot current of waters under sea, posses a sensitive and compassionate heart underneath his Khaki uniformed, dignifiedly principled persona. He tried to relish life by being unconventional and by falling in love with his sensitive heart that pounded lovingly under his rigid principles.

He, who was not fortunate enough to adorn the crown of his love, the results of a disobedient decision, has gone too far by then. He was Mahasen.


He, who lives with an inexplicable fear about life, takes boundless efforts to probe into the past of a fine persona he meets at war-front. Though he tries hard to save a life that is on the brink of dying out, when his efforts became a non-reality, he begins to reproach himself thinking that it was because of his fault that the death of his senior officer occurred. Therefore, to compensate for his negligence, he makes bondless sacrifices in his quest for the dead person’s past, showering compassion to the dead person’s kindred on behalf of the deceased. He sensitively depicts the authentic feelings of an ideal soldier. He is Rakhitha.


She, who reveled in the joys of the youth, knows no lamenting about life other than saying ‘life is beautiful’. She has the solid character to sacrifice limitlessly for the sake of one person with whom she becomes closely acquainted in her life, and to wait for him for a long time. Outwardly, nobody could have seen that she is a woman with such capacity for sacrifice, but she who adopts perfection for a soldier’s life, is Rekha


She is a young girl, at the sacrifice of her life, has taken arms and stepped into the battlefield for the sake of the salvation of her race. She, who generously sacrifices all her young emotions for the cause of her organization, would sometimes raise her voice against the malpractices and injustices that take place within their organization itself. From time to time, it can be seen that, from her, who has buried all wonderful youthful wishes in order to support a struggle to salvage her race, the forcefully repressed human feelings of the unconscious mind coming into surface. She directs us to read about strong human feelings that surge against ruthless terrorist feelings. She is Banu.

Thiruba Devi

She saw through life within the miseries of a refugee camp, which she thought was her destiny. She might perhaps have inherited from her blood relatives the courage to live courageously further on, when the bonds of love were broken and deserted her in front of her own eyes. Though, born with rigid cultural bonds, she possessed the courage to go against those cultural bonds to live with the man she loved, also, to bear all the sorrow that came to her at an unexpected moment, to face all the humiliations that were directed to her by the two prejudiced races. With true compassion she bestows her womb to bear a child of Sinhala blood, hence, she is one of the true links of the peace causeway that unites North and South. She is “Thiruba Devi”

Herath Menike

Due to her respect towards cast based traditions that descend from generations, she intervenes into her children’s personal lives in different ways not letting her children flee by their free feelings and thoughts. At the end, when she resolves to disentangle herself from the traditional ways of her past-thinking and tries to enter into an enlightened world, everything has come to and end. This is how Herath Menike is.


She too is born with five senses and owns a sensitive mind though born to a Sinhala father from a Tamil mother’s womb. However, she is still naďve to understand how the red blood, which is the life flow of every human being, is categorized as Sinhala or Tamil. As a little girl, she is bred in a Tamil society but later on, she lives in a Sinhala society bearing different kinds of sorrows. It is not a problem for her whether she belongs to Sinhala or Tamil nationality. She has rights by blood inheritance both for the Sinhala and Tamil societies. Therefore, she too has t he right to live freely anywhere in this country. This little girl is “Sama”. Please extend your compassionate hands to her.

Sinhala Film Ira Handa Yata Articles

‘Ira Handa Yata’ is to be played by an experienced cast including Mahendra Perera, Palitha Silva, Chandani Seneviratne, Roger Seneviratne, Kaushalya Fernando, Damitha Abeyratne, Bimal Jayakody together with newcomers Sheryl Becker and Dharshani Tasha.

“What the war has presented to multi ethnic and multi religious background of this country is a question that we all must ask from ourselves,” says Benette. The experienced director is to discuss how we could understand the events of the vicious war we are experiencing throughout the recent history and how we could use the truth revealed for the advancement of society.

“As preached by the Lord Buddha if there is something that we cannot hide eternally that is only the Sun, Moon and the truth. “Ira Handa Yata” is to resurrect the series of events that took place in this country by disclosing the truth behind them,” the director said.

While the film will be done in Sinhala, English subtitles will be added for international screenings. Benette is also planning to release a Tamil dubbed version of the film for the Tamil filmgoers.

The technical staff of the film include Priyantha Dissanayake as the make-up artist, Sujeewa Gunaratne as art director, Kumara Karawdeniya as costume designer, Nadeeka Guruge as music director.

Cinematographer is Kalinga Deshappriya, Ranjan Prasanna is the assistant director, Priyantha Kithalagama and Anura Gambeera Arachchi will handle production management.

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Sri Lankan Sinhala Film Ira Handa Yata by Benet Rathnayaka at Sandeshaya

The Director Benet Rathnayaka
Benet RathnayakaThe Director’s statement To begin with, my country Sri Lanka is a land distinguished by multi-ethnic, multi linguist, multi-religion and multi cultural characteristics. From 1983 to 2009, this land was set ablaze by internal wars, Terrorist violence, meaningless destruction of life and property. I was able to experience personally how these hideous wars and inhuman terrorism spread disharmony and hatred, totally robbing the people of the love, kindness and compassion they had for each other. These tragic developments eradicated the sense of humanity our people had and distanced our ethnic communal groups from each other. This mass devastation shocked me to the very depth of my being, especially because I am an ultra sensitive film maker. As a film maker I decided to take this massage to the masses through a cinematic creation that upholds the view that there are no limits whatsoever to love, Humanity and understanding.
The love he had for art, was the main force that directed him to win both local and international awards as a director at a later point in hs life. He, who is journeying in a path of continuous award winning, has taken a long journey both in cinema and television media,… is Bennet Rathnayake.

Bennett Rathnayake’s arrival to Colombo from his hometown Matale, was to assume a job at Department of Customs, Sri Lanka. But his inexhaustible love for art never got diminished within him; it just got increased day by day. He had the habit of watching films, stage dramas and reading articles related to arts. This reading habit and the close encounters he had had with the artistic creations enriched his imagination. This imagination was the foundation for his fine creations later. Bennet, after arriving in Colombo in 1978, starts to follow Diploma programme in Science of Gems at University of Moratuwa. Though he engaged in his job which was a different film to Arts, his attention was constantly diverted to the world of artistic creation. Therefore, he starts to follow the cinema training programme that was conducted by the OCIC in 1986. At the end of the course it was required to present a trainee’s creation, for which he directed a 25 minute drama titled; ” Piyawaru saha Puththu ” (Fathers and Sons).

Everybody’s attention was drawn to his maiden effort; “Piyawaru saha Puththu”, which appeared as a short drama for television by an amateur artist. It bagged the award for the best non- serial creation at the O.C.I.C Awards Ceremony in 1987. With this success, Bennett got the opportunity to telecast his maiden drama through National Television and Independence Television channels. Encouraged by that, in 1988, he directed a serial drama with 5 episodes, titled “Sayuren Eha” ( Beyond Ocean). After it was being telecast by the National Television, Bennet engaged himself continuously in artistic creation and produced several tele-dramas. “Tharu” (Stars), “Grahanaya” (The Grip), “Kalu Hansayo” (Black Swans), “Makara Vijithaya” and Kadumuwa (Razer’s edge), are some of his tele-dramas.

By this time, he was heavily involved in television media, thus, he initiated his own institution “Ben Films”, as a production institute for tele-drama and cinema creation. That was in 1994.

When we closely analyze his work, we see that he has always tried to bring in novel experiences to his audience by searching for and adopting different themes in each of his creations.

After having accumulated an immeasurable amount of experience from the television media, he was marking time and waiting to embark on to the silver screen from the small screen. His dream became a reality in year 2001, when he came to the limelight as a director by producing his first film; “Aswesuma” (Comperisation). In fact, “Aswesuma” became a blessing to his cinema life, for; he became an award winning director from his maiden cinema direction. In that year, he won the award for Best Direction Category, along with several awards for this film at the Sarasaviya Film Festival. It also won 05 International award,including Best Director, Best Film, International Crities award Houston, I.F.F, Mumbei IFF Dhaka I.F.F, Triburon I.F.F, USA Hawaw I.F.F. and also a Diploma Certificate at PyongYoung I.F.F of North Korea.

The tele-drama, which he produced subsequent to the film “Aswesuma” caught everybody’s attention and was much talked about. There, Bennet tried to portray the doom brought about to society by modern technological advancement. Later on, he directed the film “Sulanga”(Wind). This film acclaimed critical appreciation and won several awards at international film festivals, including Houston International Cinema Festival in 2005.Further his both films, Aswesuma and Sulange have been second in many prestigons International film festival as such Moscow, Montred, India, Japan, Australia, Egipt, Iran, Bangladesh, South Korea, North Korea, Brazil, U.K, France, Argentina, U.S.A etc.

The teledramas; “Senda Sakmana”(Evening Walk) and “Sudheera”; which he produced recently, were telecast amidst audience appraisal. In those two tele-dramas, he unveils two different plot lines. Also, the stories were presented in a way that arouse the curiosity of the audience, fusing human emotions like love and pity at the same time.

Though he made his advent to media world was from tele-drama making, he, who always loves cinema, sees it as his media. This wonderful artist, with his new cinema direction “Under the sun and Moon”, which starts its screening from today onwards, will start his long journey to conquer the local and international cinem.

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  • Nadeesha says:

    Benet Rathnaye is famous talented director, should be a good film.

  • Akalanka says:

    thanks to bring us latest news of sri lankan film, your blog is excellent, no doubt. Can you direct contact film producers or directors to get movie photos and trailers, then you will be blessed, by the way as you have a blog no worries you can republish content from the web. go head sandeshaya.

  • gayangg says:

    kauda me films dot lk kiyanne? pissuda? he is looking sandeshaya than his site, ask him to work and bring his site to top than looking others site. kelam soyanna lagga nadda?

  • asanka says:

    good shot, but sandeshaya is the best in film information. Congrats!