Ara Soyza

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Ara Soyza
ඇර සොයිසා
Directed by Herbert Ranjith Peiris
Produced by Samagi Films
Written by Herbert Ranjith Peiris
Starring Freddie Silva
Wimal Kumara de Costa
Don Sirisena
Piyadasa Wijekoon
B.S. Perera
Liliyan Edirisinghe Rukmani Devi
Sabeetha Perera
Raju Kumarasinghe
Cinematography Mercelin Perera Norbat Rathnasiri
Edited by Stanley Alwis
Distributed by Samagi Films
Release date
26 October 1984
Running time
127 minutes
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhalese language

Ara Soyza[1] (error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is a 1984 Sri Lankan Comedy film directed by Herbert Ranjith Peiris and produced by Dayasena Perera for Samagi Films. It stars Freddie Silva, Sabeetha Perera and Wimal Kumara de Costa in lead roles along with Rukmani Devi and Piyadasa Wijekoon. Music composed by director Herbert Ranjith Peiris himself.[2]

The film centers on three middle aged men staying in a hostel. At a later stage, another tenant comes to stay in the hostel, where he falls in love with the eldest daughter of the hostel owner. The entire film was based on how the old three tenants trying their best to chase the new tenant and win the heart of owner's daughter. The plot is based on the Tamil film Indru Poi Naalai Vaa.


The lead character Soyza (Freddie Silva), is currently a modest farmer who grows potatoes together with his housemates (Don Sirisena ) and Costa (Wimal Kumara De Costa). The villain or the other housemate, Wadigapatuna (Piyadasa Wijekoon) is a Mudalali businessman who owns a shop in the village. Unlike Soyza, Don and Costa, Wadigapatuna is a selfish and a bad person.

Soyza and Wadigapatuna fall in love with the eldest daughter of the owner of their rental home and fight against each other to win the heart of the girl Kanthi.

The parents of the daughter in question, Kanthi prefer Wandigapatuna and the plot revolves around the many tricks Soyza and his colleuges play to win the heart of Kanthi. This involves dressing up don Sirisena as a pregnant women to accuse Wandigapatuna of producing a child out of wadlock with her.
Movie culminates with a fight between Wandigapatuna and a nearby "strongman" who joins Soyza and the clique.


  • Soyza (Freddie Silva) is a modest farmer, working together with two other friends. Not so wealthy, yet rich in love. After series of battles with his only rival Wadigapatuna and the mistress of the house, he gets the chance to marry the owner's eldest daughter Kanthi Kiridena].
  • Costa (Wimal Kumara De Costa) is Soyza's best mate. He always help Soyza, in battles against Wadigapatuna.
  • Don (Don Sirisena) is a friend of both the above, yet most of the times slightly selfish. He falls in love with the owner's youngest daughter Shanthi Kiridena (Sabeetha Perera). But, similar to Costa, he always try to help Soyza in fights against Wadigapatuna.
  • Wadigapatuna (Piyadasa Wijekoon) is a rich businessman, who rents a room in the same house where Soyza. Costa and Don resides. With a gigantic body and height, he always try achieve whatever he wants.
  • Kanthi (Raju Kumarasinghe) The eldest daughter of the owner. With a face like a crushed tomato (as always referred to in the film), falls in love with Soyza. She somehow convince Soyza to fight with Wadigapatuna and chase him out of the house.
  • Tarzan (Raju Kumarasinghe) With a body made out of matches, he comes to help Soyza to fight against Wadigapatuna. He even wins a boxing match against Wadigapatuna. He does so by cheating.
  • Uncle (B.S.Perera) The owner of the rental property where the story occurs. A retired classical musician, always get abused by his dominative wife Haminey (Liliyan Edirisinghe). Most of the time he goes to Zoysa, Costa and Don to ask really silly questions. At one time, he goes to Don and ask what has happened to his tie knot, in which Costa answers "hey uncle... I saw the knot in the garden... Please leave us now!"
  • Haminey (Liliyan Edirisinghe) Being the wife of the owner, she domniates the entire house. She always blame her husband for been stupid aad wasting her time by talking non-sense. She hates Zoysa, Costa and Don and tries her best to marry her eldest daughter to Wadigapatuna.
  • Shanthi (Sabeetha perera) Naturally beautiful, she is the youngest daughter of the owner. Until the end of the film, she strongly oppose Don's love.


The film has only a handful of songs, which seems really unusual when compared with the other Sri Lankan films produced in the 1980s[citation needed].

One of the best songs in the film is a Wadha Baila musical by Soyza and Wadigapatuna. In the song, we can see Soyza dressed as an angel and Wadigapatuna dressed as a devil. They both sing to Kanthi, who is sitting in-between like a goddess.


  1. ^ Malak, Duhulu; Kanya, Saptha; Addara, Ganga; Soyza, Ara; Hadawatha, Golu; Kirilli, Sulang; Nidhanaya; Sanniya, Kolomba (2010). Sinhala-Language Films: Duhulu Malak, Saptha Kanya, Ganga Addara, Ara Soyza, Golu Hadawatha, Sulang Kirilli, Nidhanaya, Kolomba Sanniya. General Books LLC. ISBN 9781155721408. 
  2. ^ "Sinhala screened film". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 1 November 2017.