Charith recreates heroism
in the Kokavil army camp
Young and upcoming director and scriptwriter,
Charith Kiriella enters cinema with 'Uthuru Sulanga', a film on
a pathetic incident during the separatist war in North East Sri
For the first time depicting a true and heroic
story about a Sri Lankan Army officer, Charith is to unravel an
emotional tale of a young Army Captain Saliya Aladeniya and his
soldiers at Kokavil camp in Jaffna which was captured by the LTTE
"Captain Aladeniya is the first military
officer who was presented with the highest award 'Parama Veera Vibushana
awarded for bravery," Charith said describing the story which
impelled him to create a cinematic version.
|Capt. Aladeniya and his father on his passing
"When the Kokavil camp was surrounded by
the LTTE, Captain Aladeniya and his 69 soldiers were holding on
to the camp. As they were running short of food and arms they found
it difficult to protect the camp. At this stage the Captain was
ordered to withdraw and abandon the camp over to the LTTE to which
Captain Aladeniya refused," Charith who himself was a media
personnel handling defence news for a TV station said.
|Director Charith Kiriella
This was because by that time nearly half his soldiers
were injured and rendered immobile. The rest of the soldiers too
refused to leave their colleagues and their much loved leader. Captain
Aladeniya, who refused to surrender decided to destroy the camp
and deny the LTTE its facilities.
"On July 12, 1991 this 27 year old brave
Army officer destroyed the camp killing a large number of LTTE cadres
who entered the camp to capture men and material.
In Sri Lankan history there is no record of a
single film made directly based on a real incident in war,"
The film is also to highlight the irresponsible
and shortsighted decisions made by some of the senior army officers
He explained that he spent a number of years collecting
material for the story and it was a hard effort as there was hardly
anyone who could narrate how the real incident took place. Charith
narrated. "Nobody except the cook who was forced by Captain
Aladeniya to leave the camp in order to be a witness for this moving
incident is now living and his account was very important to the
script," Charith said.
The director requests the assistance of any military
officer who could provide more information about the incident. Charith
expressed his gratitude to Retired Army officers, Major Nissanka
Senadipathy, Colonel Janaka Sitigahapola and Major Kariyawasam who
had been supporting him in this project.
This big scale project is to be started in January
and the young director is planning to get over 1000 military men
for the cast to make it a film employing the real life actors. The
filming locations will be Puttalam and Ampara. Charith is yet to
announce the stars who are going to be in the cast. Sudath Nandasiri
is to assist him in the production. Charith says that he has some
roles for those aged between 18 and 30 and invites those interested
to contact him on 41/10 A, Pangiriwatta Mawatha, Gangodawila, Nugegoda
on 2833328 and 0785243325.
Director's earlier directions, miniplays include,
'Etheraweema', Uththamachara' and 'Awurudu Dawasak'.