Award winning actor, producer and director Sanath Gunathilaka recently released the screenplay of his much talked about production ‘Sisila Gini Gani’ (Disappearance) as a book.
Story by Sanath himself, the film introduced Prasanna Vithanage to the cinema while Sabeetha Perera came out with an acclaimed performance in her role as a mistress of a politician.
Published by 'Surasa' publishers of Fast Publishing (pvt) limited, the book contains the complete screenplay of the film which won a number of awards at Sarasaviya, Swarna Sanka and OCIC festivals including Best film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Sound recordist, Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actress.
The book also includes reviews written by leading filmmakers, Dr. Lester James Peries, Vasantha Obeysekara and Tissa Abeysekara.
In its preface Sanath describes how he got the story which was a murder that took place in Sri Lanka.
According to Sanath, the selection was by veteran actor Malani Fonseka for her to produce and he (Sanath) was just helping her. However Malani had given it up to direct 'Sasara Chethana' and Sanath who was working in Mahaweli with Prasanna Vithanage had decided to take up the project as the producer and the director.
Released on January 17, 1992, the black and white film starred Sanath Gunathilaka, Sabeetha Perera, Tony Ranasinghe, Veena Jayakody, Ashoka Peiris, Thalatha Gunasekara, Ebert Wijesinghe, Jayalath Manoratne and G.W. Surendra in the stellar cast.
'Sisila Gini Gani' revolves around Harris Makalande, a lawyer who has successful practice and he runs for the post of mayor of his home town after being persuaded by his wife and family.
|Scene from Sisila Gini Gani
At a Christmas Ball Harris sees Annette and his fascinated by the beauty of this spinster who is described as a 'catcher'. They meet later and get involved in a passionate love affair. She tells Harris about the many men she had loved and discarded and her opposition to the institution of marriage.
But after Harris provides her with a house of her own and they settle into a routine, Annette's mind changes and she feel insecure being alone. Harris opposes her proposal to get married mainly due to his wife and their mentally retarded son and the mayoral candidature he was running for.
Annette in order to win Harris' heart gets close to his son and one day she meets with a tragedy.
In coinciding with the release of the screenplay, Torana Music group has released the DVD version of the film.
And to mark this important event, the producer also has arranged a limited screening of the film at 'Savoy-2', Colombo from October 9.