Aba (film)

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Aba- The Prince of Life (film).JPG
Directed by Jackson Anthony
Produced by Chandrakini Creations
Written by Jackson Anthony
Based on Early chronicles
Starring Sajitha Anuththara
Malini Fonseka
Ravindra Randeniya
Sabeetha Perera
Music by Nadeeka Guruge
Cinematography Suminda Weerasinghe
Edited by Ravindra Guruge
Distributed by EAP Theatres
Release date
9 August 2008
Running time
118 minutes
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

Aba is the high-budget Sinhalese film directed by Jackson Anthony and co-produced by Justin Belagamage and Rajindra Jayasinghe for Chandrakini Creations. The title is derived from Pandu Aba, another name for the title character.

Anthony’s son, Sajitha Anuttara, portrays Pandukabhaya. The film also features Malini Fonseka, Ravindra Randeniya, Sriyantha Mendis, Sabeetha Perera and many other popular actors.[1]

It was released in Sri Lanka on 8 August 2008. Plans are being made to screen this film in several other countries, including China, Italy and Australia.


Story based on the historical legend of King Pandukabhaya which is set in Sri Lanka more than 2,400 years ago.


The film was shot at different remote places in Sri Lanka. It is the most expensive Sinhalese movie to date, costing more than 60 million Rupees ($500.000).[citation needed] The set for the royal palace alone reportedly cost around 6.5 million Rupees ($60.000).



  • Director – Jackson Anthony
  • Producers - Justin Belagamage, Ms. Rajindra Jayasinghe for Mandakini Creations
  • Assistant Director – Anura Wijeysinghe
  • Director of Photography – Suminda Weerasinghe
  • Music Director – Nadeeka Guruge
  • Production Manager - Samanpriya Marasinghe
  • Art Director – Udeni Subodhi Kumara
  • Make-up Artist – Vasantha Vittachchi
  • Editor - Ravindra Guruge
  • Costume Designers - Nihan Senevirathna, Vasantha Srinath
  • Choreographer - Chandana Wickramasinghe
  • Stunts Director - Guru G Karunapala
  • Visual Effects Artist - Chamath Paranawithana
  • Lyricist - Prof. Sunil Ariyarathne

Aba Hatana - the mobile game[edit]

The film has been made into a mobile game at the request of director Jackson Anthony. The game is titled Aba Hatana.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

The film received many positive reviews from the critics[citation needed] and also won numerous awards in different film festivals.[2]

32nd Sarasaviya Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Aba Most Popular Film Won
2008 Aba Best Actress by Dulani Anuradha Won
2008 Aba Best Supporting Actress by Malani Fonseka Won
2008 Aba Best Cinematographer by Suminda Weerasinghe Won
2008 Aba Best Music Direction by Nadeeka Guruge Won
2008 Aba Best Sound Effects by Klainga Gihan Perera Won
2008 Aba Best Lyricist by Sunil Ariyaratne Won
2008 Aba Merit Award by Senaka Titus Won
2008 Aba Merit Award by Sajitha Anuththara Won
2008 Aba Merit Award by Udeni Subodi Kumara Won
2008 Aba Merit Award by Sri Kariyawasam Won
2008 Aba Merit Award by Nalin Kasmira Won


  1. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "32nd Sarasivia Awards". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

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