Sulanga Apa Ragena Yavi
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Rating: 2.7
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Sulanga Apa Ragena Yavi
Drama / Colour
Released Date :  2019-03-22
   
Main Actor : Priyankara Rathnayaka
Main Actress : Suranga Ranawaka
Director : Nuwan Jayathilake
Producer : Maya Nawagaththegama , Nuwan Jayathilake
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Plot
THE FILM BEGINS WITH THE IMAGES OF A TRAVELLING CARAVAN, SET AGAINST THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY, WHERE GOODS ARE TRANS-PORTED FROM A RURAL VILLAGE TO THE NEAREST CITY.
 
VIHANGA AND KASUN, LATTER BEING THE YOUNGEST OF TWO BROTHERS, LIVE IN THIS RURAL DISTRICT OF SRI LANKA, IN AMONG THE RIVERS, FORESTS AND MISTY MOUNTAINS. THEIR FAMILY'S ECONOMY IS ENTIRELY RELIED UPON A WHITE BULL NAMED "SUDDA" (MEANING "WHITE" IN SINHALESE), WHICH IS USED TO TRANSPORT GOODS.
 
HOWEVER TWO STRANGERS FROM THE CITY ARRIVE IN A TRUCK TO THIS ISOLATED VILLAGE, AND STEAL SUDDA IN ORDER TO TAKE HIM TO A SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN COLOMBO. AFTER DISCOVERING THAT SUDDA IS MISSING, THE FAMILY SEARCH FOR SUDDA ALL OVER, AND FEARING THE WORST FOR THEIR BELOVED WORK CREATURE, THEY EVEN PERFORM BUDDHIST RITUALS AND PRAY TO GODS FOR THE RETURN OF SUDDA.
 
DURING A COURSE OF EVENTS, THE TWO BROTHERS, STUMBLE UPON THE CATTLE THIEVES AND THEY BEGIN TO CHASE AFTER THE TRUCK WHICH HOLDS SUDDA, REALIZING THAT THEIR PURSUIT IS IN VAIN VIHANGA, THE OLDEST, GIVES UP THE CHASE WHILE THE YOUNGEST SECRETLY GETS ON ANOTHER PASSING VEHICLE, WHICH TRANSPORT VEGETABLES, AND TRAVELS TO CITY BY HIMSELF.
 
AFTER ARRIVING AT THE LARGEST VEGETABLE MARKET IN COLOMBO, KASUN COMES ACROSS A STREET-SMART GIRL, NIHANSA AND TOGETHER THEY SET OUT IN SEARCH OF SUDDA.
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DIRECTORS' STATEMENT
 
INITIAL REASONING BEHIND THE MAKING OF THE WIND BENEATH US AS MY FIRST FEATURE FILM WAS THAT I HAD REACHED A MOMENT IN MY LIFE IN WHICH I WANTED TO STEP OUT FROM MAKING SHORT FILMS. AND TRY TO CREATE A NARRATIVE FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILM. I HAD MADE FIVE SHORT FILMS ALREADY AS AN AMATEUR FILM MAKER, AND GRADUALLY SEEDS OF A FEATURE FILM GREW ITS ROOTS UNTIL A BASIC FORMATION OF WHAT THE FILM WILL ENTAIL HAD FORMED.
 
IT HAD ALWAYS FASCINATED ME. THE BOND BETWEEN CHILDREN AND THEIR PETS. AND WAS CERTAIN THIS WAS THE SUBJECT THAT I WANTED TO FOCUS IN MY FILM. ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. I MYSELF HAD A PET COW WHICH I NAMED RATTHI (MEANING RED IN OLD SIN-HALESE). A MAJESTIC RED COW. I HOLD MANY FOND MEMORIES WITH RATTHI. LEADING HER ON WALKS AROUND THE FARM LAND NEAR MY HOME. RIDING ON TOP OF HER TO AND FRO FROM THE RIVERS PLACED HIGH UP THE MOUNTAINS. A DEFINING MOMENT AS A CHILD FOR ME WAS WHEN RATTHI BECAME MISSING. NO ONE KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HER BUT THERE WERE REPORTS OF CATTLE THIEVES ROAMING IN THE AREA FORA NUMBER OF DAYS.
 
THE IDEA BEHIND FOCUSING ON DOMESTICATED CARAVAN CATTLE OCCURRED TO ME. WHEN I WAS FILMING A SHORT FILM IN UPCOUN-TRY IN THE RURAL AREA OF RIVERSTON RAIN FOREST(ALSO THE LOCATION OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE FILM). I STUMBLED UPON HERDERS WALKING ALONG WITH THEIR WORKER BULLS LUMBERED WITH THE PRODUCTS WHICH THEY WERE EITHER BRINGING BACK TO THEIR VILLAGE OR WERE TAKING OUT TO SELL. I IMMEDIATELY STRUCK UP A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HERDERS AND THROUGH-OUT THE YEARS WOULD VISIT THEM AND FIND OUT ALL I COULD ABOUT THEIR LIVES.
 
SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION ALSO PLAYS A FACTOR IN THE FILM. BUDDHISM IS THE MAJORITY FOLLOWED FAITH WITHIN SRI LANKA. AND WITH ITS TEACHINGS OF REINCARNATION AND PAST LIVES. THERE ARE SCENES THAT DEPICTS THE PAYERS AND CHANTS OFFERED BY THE FAMILY AFTER THE BULL GOES MISSING. FEARING HIM DEAD, THE FAMILY, ASK THE UNIVERSE AND ITS GODS TO LET HIM COME BACK IN THE NEXT LIFE AS A HUMAN SO THAT HE MAY BE ABLE TO REACH NIRVANA. THIS SHOWS HOW IMPORTANT AND LOVED THE BULL WAS TO THIS FAMILY AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE CHILDREN KASUN AND VIHANGA, WHO REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR BELOVED BULL IS DEAD AND SETS OUT TO BRING HIM BACK.
 
ALL THE MAIN CHARACTERS FEATURED IN THE FILM AND THE TRIALS AND HARDSHIPS THEY FACE ARE BASED ON REAL PEOPLE. FROM THE FARMERS IN RIVERSTON TO THE LABORERS IN COLOMBO WHO WORK JUST SO THEY CAN AFFORD TO INDULGE IN HEROIN. THE STREET SAVVY GIRL FROM INNER CITY COLOMBO, NIHANSA. IS YOUR AVERAGE GIRL LIVING IN THE SLUMS OF COLOMBO. FEARLESS AND INQUISITIVE.
 
AS AN INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCTION, I COULD SHOT THE FILM IN A VERY TIGHT & SHORT TIME SCHEDULE IN ABOUT 16 DAYS BY USING SOME SPECIAL GUERRILLA FILM TECHNIQUES. WHAT I HOPE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS FILM IS TO SET A PRECEDENT ON INDEPENDENT FILM MAKING IN THE SOUTH ASIAN CONTINENT. AND TO FINALLY ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE WITH A BUDGET SUCH AS THE ONE USED TO MAKE THIS FEATURE. THIS IS NOT ONLY A DREAM REALIZED. BUT A CREDIT TO MY CREW WHO MADE THE WIND BENEATH US POSSIBLE.
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Film Cast
Sujeewa PriyalalSujeewa Priyalal
as Rasika
Anjana PremarathnaAnjana Premarathna
as Duminda
Sampath JayaweeraSampath Jayaweera
as Ranji
Suranga RanawakaSuranga Ranawaka
as Kumari
Priyankara RathnayakaPriyankara Rathnayaka
as Edward
Iranganie SerasingheIranganie Serasinghe
as Aththamma
Semini HennayakaSemini Hennayaka
as Nihansa
Praween KatukithulaPraween Katukithula
as Wihanga
Sudam KatukithulaSudam Katukithula
as Kasun
Film Crew

Nuwan Jayathilake
Director

Nuwan Jayathilake
Script
Maya Nawagaththegama
Maya Nawagaththegama
Producer

Nuwan Jayathilake
Producer

Vimukthi Jayasundara
Executive Producer
Striner Macklain Adams
Striner Macklain Adams
Cinematographer
Y. Deshapriya
Y. Deshapriya
Art Director
Saman Alvitigala
Saman Alvitigala
Editor
Ananda Bandara
Ananda Bandara
Colour Mixing
Mahesh Kankanige
Mahesh Kankanige
Sound Designer
Pradeep K. Rajapaksha
Pradeep K. Rajapaksha
Assistant Director
Lasanka Mahushan Yapa
Lasanka Mahushan Yapa
Production Manager
Gayan Deshapriya
Gayan Deshapriya
Production Manager
Sanjeewa Karunarathna
Sanjeewa Karunarathna
Costume
Harsha Manjula
Harsha Manjula
Make-up Artists
Chathurangi Pathirage
Chathurangi Pathirage
Line Producer
Nuwan Srinath
Nuwan Srinath
Assistant Director
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