Bhawathra comes back with aliens
ALIENS: A scene from Bhawathra
TELEDRAMA:With the third season of `Bhawathra' Sunil Rathnayake
brings the aliens back to our living rooms. Teleview once again unfolds
another successful effort in presenting an innovative tele-series out of
a science fiction.
Sunil Rathnayake said he always fancied in doing extraordinary
things. "I wanted to do something different and this teledrama is not
only entertaining but also educating. It provides the reader with the
knowledge of the vast universe that is beyond our comprehension," said
Taking up science for A\Ls Sunil has been very keen in improving his
knowledge. Noticing that Sri Lankan teledramas don't cater to people
interested in science, he thought of a way to fill in this gap.
"There is no access for science in Sri Lanka whereas abroad there are
collections of poems on stars and aliens. So I have simplified advanced
theories in science and presented them in a way that everybody can
grasp. There is a segment who watch only Bhawathra," Rathnayake said.
Intertwining the villagers' beliefs and the daily incidents with the
scientific ideas Rathnayake has reached out the multi faceted audience.
"I had to link this new idea of the alien with the lives of ordinary
people so I have brought in several concepts popular among villagers,"
Creating the alien was a difficult task Rathnayake had to face. He
never thought the alien he made using three selected sketches will amuse
people so much." It became popular rapidly. I got calls from viewers and
children requesting a photo of the alien. Some wanted it for TV
commercials," he said.
Rathnayake has been inspired by the works of Steven Speilburg, James
Cameron and Peter Jack. He has used nine out of the world's best ten
visual effects used in Hollywood in the drama Bhawathra. "Movies like
Jurassic Park and Starwars aroused my enthusiasm. MATT painting, visual
pasting and digital editing are some of the special effects used in
The teledrama consisting 55 episodes were shot only in two locations
using the technology I knew. It is amazing what the modern technology
can do," he said.
Technology has done marvels for Rathnayake not only in this tele
series but also in the TV commercials. He has been able to create
advertisements for Mobitel with the help of special effects."I have used
only 75 people to create the hand in mobitel. It was a big task.
Through this I've introduced technology to Sri Lankan Commercials.
There is a huge demand for it. Teleview Technology Academy trains those
interested in computer animations and graphics. I have now expanded the
academy to facilitate more people," Rathnayake added.
Rathnayake is determined to come up with several other productions to
entertain the audience. He said if the third series of Bhawathra is a
success he will continue it. "It will be like X-files. It can even go up
to season 4 and 5. So far I have had a good response and I am delighted
that Sri Lankan audience was ready to accept a new idea.
Many doctors and professors congratulated me for this which gave lot
of strength to move forward," he said.
This controversial producer at present is working on his next major
production "Beyond The Sky" which comprises war scenes. It is about a
pilot who survives after an attack.
On his return his actions differ and suffers a constant headache.
Ultimately they find a device fixed in his brain by aliens," he briefed
on his tele series to come.
Finally Rathnayake adds that it is impossible to consider man as the
most intelligent creature in this universe."There may be other living
beings in this universe and in time to come they will invade other
planets. They can have a superior technology than man," he said.