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Turning point for Channa

After contributing towards Sinhala cinema for 15 years as a cinematographer Channa Deshapriya has teamed up with M Entertainments to embark on his directorial debut, ‘U Turn’ which is being screened now.

An Indian, Kannada film story by the same name written by Pawan Kumar remade in the hands of this Sri Lankan film veteran has in abundance vivid scenes and it is a super direction.

Deshapriya has taken the baton from veterans like Sumitta Amarasinghe and Donald Karunaratne to induce life to Sinhala cinema through cinematography.

Films like Sooriya Arana and Vijayaba Kollaya are testament to his prowess as a versatile cinematographer.

He has won many awards and accolades over the years for his works in films and TV commercials. It is significant that he usually communicates with the masses via his cinematography but not with words. The film U Turn sheds light on his talents as a film director.

The film made in the genre of suspense thriller has a story woven around a U Turn road accident…an investigative journalist and a police officer. The story also brings to fore parental love and warmth.

U Turn casts Hemal Ranasinghe, Bimal Jayakody, Gamya Wijayadasa, Tumindu Dodantenna and Chanu Dissanayake. Cinematography is by Striner Adams. Music scores are done by Chinthaka Jayakody and Bharadwaj. The song ‘Ira Hadatath Rahase’ is sung by Umara Sinhawansa.

Raveena (Chanu Dissanayaka), an intern in a media company seeks information for a news article on the accidents occurred on Sahaspura flyover. She enlists the help of a colleague at work, a friend and a beggar who lives in the vicinity of the U-turn point of the highway.

After failing to interview a man who she believes to have made a U-turn on the highway the previous day, Raveena gets arrested by the local police investigating the death of the same man she tried to interview on the same day. Confused and shocked, Raveena denies all allegations and begs the officer in charge, Ranga (Hemal Ranasinghe) to believe her.

Even after the death being considered as a suicide, Ranga notices the odd connection between Raveena’s investigation and recent deaths reported. Raveena continues her investigation on the violators of traffic laws and their apparent deaths after taking U-turns on the Sahaspura flyover ignoring the warnings of Ranga and his superiors.

This thrilling drama depicts the truth and perspectives of right and wrong in shades of grey.

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