A land of
ancient civilization, Sri Lanka was first colonized in A.D.
1515 by the Portuguese. Then by the Dutch, in A.D.1815,
the British ruled supreme. But the fires of sinhala
nationalism continued to smolder. In particular, the
rebellion of 1848 is unique in Sri Lanka’s long road
back to freedom in that it was essentially a mass uprising of
the ordinary people of the land, inspired and led not by the
local nobility but by men drawn from among the people.
The principal figure of this rebellion is Veera Puran Appu a
young adventurer from the coastal town of Moratuwa who goes
to Kandy and leads at the age of 35. The humble
peasants of the hill country. Burdened by unjust
taxes. In armed insurrection against the British raj,
conquering the garrison fort of matale and finds himself
proclaimed the people’s king of kandy. The
British declare martial law and crush the rebellion.
Veera puran appu is captured and executed by the
British. But within a year, the British governor is
replaced and the taxed lifted. Sound like romantic
fiction? It is documented historical fact. It is
the story of our film.