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Polyandry with Sokari…

Jackson’s way
Pictures by Shan Rupassara
Pictures by Shan Rupassara

Sinhala cinema is at crossroads now and what it needs most at this crucial juncture is innovation. There are quite a few innovators in the sphere and Jackson Anthony stands tall within them as a contemporary artiste.

Jackson is a multi-faceted artiste gifted with brains plus an innovative mindset. The actor turned filmmaker made his debut film Juliet Ge Bhumikawa in his youth which was followed by his groundbreaking cinematic masterpiece ABA and eventually, No Address.

Jackson’s newest film, Eka Gei Sokari (Polyandry with Sokari) is ready to be released soon in the film circuits.

At the maiden press conference held on the film at Ape Gama premises in Battaramulla, Jackson said he was inspired greatly by Prof Sunil Ariyaratne’s film Siribo Aiya to make Eka Gei Sokari.

“This is neither a historical film nor a remake of an Indian film. This was a pioneering move by us and this film too would paint a totally different picture on the canvas of Sinhala cinema”, said Anthony. He said finances were managed well to complete the film with a moderate budget.

“This time around I not only wrote the screenplay on my concept and directed the film but also contributed by way of co-producing it. Hence managing budgets were one of my main concerns. At this point in time we all must focus on making films with moderate budgets”, he added.

Eka Gei Sokari is based on a story set in the backdrop of a rural hilly village in Wellassa in the 1930s, a period prior to the Soulbury constitutional reforms were established in the country. The hidden village called Akiriyankumbura (Rings a bell? Jinadasa in Gamperaliya goes to this village) at the edge of Wellassa is barely noticed by the English rulers.

Hence the ban on Polyandry (sharing one wife by two brothers and living in blissful harmony practised earlier in rural villages) imposed by the Englishmen is not applicable to this village.

Sedera Menike (Udari Warnakulasuriya) a beautiful young woman from Walapane who appears in this village is kept and protected by two aged brothers Dingira and Dungura.

However, Sedera Menike falls in love with Monara (Akila Dhanuddara) a rebel from Monarawila lineage hated by the Englishmen.

Baalaya ((Sajitha Anuththara) is a young and energetic Sokari dancer and a folk singer in the village. The playboy youngster flirts with his cousin sister Dalumalee (Senali Fonseka) and with Sedera Menike. What will be their destiny is a thing that would be experienced by the eager filmgoer once the film is screened.

The cast comprises Udari Warnakulasuriya, Akila Dhanuddara, Sajitha Anuththara, Senali Fonseka, Prof Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi, Lalith Rajapakshe, Sampath Tennakoon, Susila Kottege, Wilson Gunaratne, Terry Jayasinghe and many more.

Jackson Anthony not portraying a character in the cinema is significant. Sokari dances are choreographed by Prof Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi. Lyrics are written by Bandula Nanayakkarawasam. Vocalists are Madhavi Wathsala, Sajitha Anuththara, Dilan Karunaratne, Dinupa Kodagoda, Nadeemal Perera and Harshana Dissanayake.

Music scores are made by Chinthaka Jayakody. Cinematographer of Eka Gei Sokari is Channa Deshapriya. Executive Director is Dinusha Rajapathirana. Jackson Anthony has written the screenplay, co-produced and directed the film.

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