‘Underpant Thief’ fascinates masses | Daily News

‘Underpant Thief’ fascinates masses

Out of many of the hard-hit industries across the world amid the coronavirus, cinema dominates as it is used to gathering a crowd into a premises and entertaining them with colourful visuals and stories. The local cinema too suffered immensely with shooting being postponed and cinemas being forced to close down due to lockdowns and curfews.

With some of the health guidelines being relaxed due to less coronavirus cases being detected in the society and masses getting the booster vaccine, cinemas have begun to function again. A cluster of locally directed and produced movies have made it to theaters. Movie buffs too who have been hungry for entertainment have begun to make their way to theaters.

Dr Somaratne Dissanayake’s newest movie ‘Underpant Thief’ (Jangi Hora) began screening a few weeks ago. The movie which stars Dilhani Ekanayake, Pubudu Chaturanga, Chinthaka Kulatunga, Thumindu Dodanthenna, Buddhi Randeniya, Kalum Wijesuriya, Sinethi Akila, Lalith Janakantha and others in pivotal roles is now running to packed houses. Many cinemas which had their ‘House Full’ boards slashed away gathering dust had been forced to bring it out and put it out on display as crowds flock to cinemas.

Despite the 75 percent volume allowed in cinemas due to Covid health regulations, all cinemas screening Underpant Thief are reaching 100 percent in the stipulated 75 percent capacity

Turning a new page in his career, Dr Dissanayake has come out of his comfort zone in making children-centric movies. His latest cinematic venture touches upon a social issue and focuses on the mentality of a character who steals female undergarments.

Produced by Renuka Balasooriya, ‘Jangi Hora’ is restricted to an adults audience. Vishwa Balasooriya has handled the cinematography. Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe has directed the music. Upul Nishantha is the media coordinator. The production won the award for Best Film at the New Delhi International Film Festival.


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