There is a saying that parents should always act as parents
while children should always act as children. In any case,
if these roles switch by any chance, for an example if a
mother performs a daughter’s role and a father performs a
son’s role there will certainly be problems occurring in
‘Sudu Hansi’ is a story which carries such a
message to the out side world. To get to know more about the
story, the TV guide spoke to the director, Mohamad Shaffraz
in relation to the movie.
“The story revolves around main three characters such as
Mrs.Ransiri, Maleesha and Anjana,” said Shaffraz.
According to Shaffraz the story begins when Anjana comes to
work as the driver of Mr. and Mrs. Ransiri’s residence.
“Mrs. Ransiri starts liking Anjana because he looks more
like the same when compared with her previous boy friend,”
Shaffraz further emphasised that according to the story
the only daughter of Mrs. Ransiri, Maleesha too starts
liking Anjana for his good qualities.
“Anjana originally has a girl friend named Wathsala in his
village and getting to know about Wathsala, Maleesha tries
to break the affair between Wathsala and Anjana while the
story carries on with a lot of confusion,” said Shaffraz.
Shaffraz further emphasised that it is the ‘Sudu Hansi’
novel which was made into a film.
“The novel is written by Gamini Wahalasooriya and the idea
was given to me by one of Arjuna’s(Kamalanath) friends in
doing a movie based on the novel,” stated Shaffraz.
‘Sudu Hansi’ was shot in places such as Wadduwa,
Embilipitiya and in Panadura while the team had started
shooting on December 10 in 2007 and had concluded by January
1 or 2.
“It only took 22 days up to 25 days to complete the whole
film and to say the truth there was good team spirit from
each and every member of the crew,” he added.
Shaffraz further stated that ‘Sudu Hansi’ is his first
movie and he thought of directing a movie as such because
there are fewer creations done in the cinema industry at the
moment which emphasizes about good values which should be
practiced in a family as well as in the society.
“The movie includes two songs named as ‘Sudu Hansi’ and
‘Seda Pihatuwa’,” he added.
The main three roles of the movie are performed by Arjuna
Kamalanath as Anjana, Semini Iddamalgoda as Mrs.Ransiri and
Amisha Kavindi as Maleesha.
Arjuna Kamalanath is performing a dual character
appearing both as Anjana and Clifford in the movie.
The supporting characters are performed by Neil Alles, Muthu
Tharanga, Dilani Nikahetiya along with many others.
“I worked as the local director of ‘Wasuda’ which was
shown on Sirasa television (TV) some time back. I almost
directed 950 episodes upto 970 episodes,” said Shaffraz.
He further stated that he started his cinema career through
“I started as a radio drama artiste in 1980 and studied
drama both at the German Cultural Centre and at the Ranga
Shilpa Shalikawa in 1987,” stated Shaffraz.
According to Shaffraz he has continued studying drama in
Sarasavipaya in 1989. He has also been an active member of
the open stage drama team from 1990 to 1994. He is a dubbing
artiste at the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) from
1993 up to now.
“I am hoping to direct another movie related to the
‘Ravana’ era and I am hoping to do it after another three
years time because it is going to be a very heavy
production,” he added.
He further stated that at the moment he is involved in the
process of gathering information in related to his story.
The cinematographer of ‘Sudu Hansi’ was Pushpakumara
Rajaguru, music by Nawarathna Gamage, edited by Praveen
Jayarathne and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Godakanda together
with Sisira Hewahenna.
“I should deliver my heart felt gratitude to Arjuna
Kamalanath, Mr.and Mrs.Godakanda, Sisira Hewahenna along
with many others in the field for rendering their immense
support in making this creation a success,” he added.
‘Sudu Hansi’ will be released on January 8 and will be shown
under the CEL circuit.