PARASATHUMAL MARKS GOLDEN JUBILEE TODAY

Published : 10:01 am  September 26, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (870) reads | 

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Parasathumal’ – The maiden directorial venture of legendary actor and filmmaker the late Gamini Fonseka – will marks its 50th anniversary today. The film which was first screened on September 26 in 1966, was produced by Chitra Balasuriya and was based on a script by P. K. D. Seneviratne.

Parasathumal which is ranked among the best 10 Sinhala movies ever made, features Gamini Fonseka in the lead together with Anula Karunathilaka, Tony Ranasinghe, D. R. Nanayakkara, Punya Heendeniya, Sirimathi Rasadari and others. Gamini who played the role of Bonny Mahaththaya in Parasathumal won the best actor’s award in 1967 and was also voted as the most popular actor that year. Sumitta Amarasinghe handled the cinematography, Lionel Algama the music direction while the lyrics were penned by Mahagamasekara. Among the popular songs that came in the movie were ‘Parawunu Malwala Suwanda Atheethe (Sujatha), Ada Pamanai Ithiriwa Pawathinne (Amaradeva) and Sandaken Pinidiya Diyawee Galana (Amaradeva). The Gamini Fonseka Foundation has decided to restore ‘Parasathu Mal’ , as part of a national process to restore the best ten cinema classics of the Sinhala cinema.

“This will eventually give the future generation an opportunity to view the best cinematic classics of our country. In fact, we focused on this area of restoration when we launched the Gamini Fonseka Foundation more than ten years ago, but only now have we come to realize the gravity of such a task. Film restoration has a wider meaning that just preservation and restoration for the sake of television telecast or other reasons. A film that’s restored in the right manner will be similar to a brand new print, or even better. We will start with ‘Parasathumal’ and touch upon the rest of the ten films and we hope to join hands with the National Film Corporation and the Media Ministry in these efforts,” Dammith Fonseka told Daily Mirror Impulse recently.