Maharaja Gemunu

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Maharaja Gemunu (2015)
Maharaja Gemunu poster.jpg
Directed byJayantha Chandrasiri[1]
Produced bySipvin Films
Written byJayantha Chandrasiri
StarringUddika Premarathna
Jackson Anthony
Sriyantha Mendis
Music byNadeeka Guruge
CinematographyRuwan Costa
Edited byRavindra Guruge
Distributed byEAP Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23)
Running time
150 minutes
CountrySri Lanka
BudgetRs 110 million

Maharaja Gemunu (King Gemunu) (Sinhala: මහරජ ගැමුණු) is a 2015 Sri Lankan Sinhala epic film directed by Jayantha Chandrasiri and produced by Gunapala Rathnasekara for Sipvin Films.[2] It stars Uddika Premarathna and Jackson Anthony in lead roles along with Sriyantha Mendis and Yashoda Wimaladharma. Music composed by Nadeeka Guruge.[3] It is the 1221st Sri Lankan film in the Sinhala cinema.[4]

The movie is based on the odyssey of King Gemunu (ruler of Sri Lanka 161–137 BC) who is renowned for defeating and overthrowing King Elara, the usurping Tamil prince from the Chola Kingdom, who had invaded the Kingdom of Rajarata in 205 BC.[not verified in body]


King Elara is a former soldier and spy under King Kharawela of Kalinga, who rules the Southern Kingdoms of India during the second century BC. Elara arrives at Lankadveepa, in the guise of an overseas naval chief, in order to threaten the prosperity of the Kingdom. Elara is victorious against the Kingdom of Rajarata, having killed King Asela. However, he is not satisfied with his victory because the kingdom of Ruhuna continues to be independent and he is haunted by a prophecy inscribed by King Devanampiyatissa.

Bhattara, an advisor to Elara, found the inscribed prophecy which alluded to a King named Gamani Abhaya (Dutu Gemunu) who would later secure the Kingdom of Rajarata and build a massive pagoda (dageba) at its center. Bhattara and Elara scheme against the prophecy.

King Gamani Abhaya deploys strategies to overcome the tactics of Elara and vanquish him. However, because of his spiritual ideology, he does not allow his people to forget the humanity that was rooted within the enemy. This act universalizes King Gamani's profound humanity.



The music for Maharaja Gemunu was composed by Nadeeka Guruge, with lyrics written by Jayantha Chandrasiri and Rev. Pallegama Hemarathana Thero.

1."Sanda Payanne" (title song)Nadeeka GurugeNadeeka Guruge and the crew5.27
2."Sanda Mandala Vee" Nirosha Virajini2.19
3."Aranyani Devduwa Avidin" Chandrika Siriwandhana, Dilika Abesekara6.01

Release and reception[edit]

The film premiered on 23 January 2015 in EAP Circuit[5] cinema halls. Released on 23 January 2015, the film was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, who considered it to be a landmark in Sinhala film-making and an achievement in the epic film genre. The film earned 234 Lakhs of Sri Lankan rupees until February 2015.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Sarasaviya Film Awards 2016[clarification needed]

  • Best Movie
  • Most Popular Movie of the Year
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) – Jackson Anthony as King Elara
  • Best Cinematography – Ruwan Kostha
  • Best Editing – Raveendra Guruge
  • Best Music Direction – Nadeeka Guruge
  • Best Art Direction – Rohan Samaradiwakara and Aruna Priyantha Dharmapala
  • Best Playback Singer (Female) – Nirosha Virajini for the song "Sanda Mandala Vee"
  • Best Makeup – Jayantha Ranawaka
  • Best Sound Design – Priyantha Kaluarachchi
  • Best Lyricist – Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana for the song "Sanda Mandala Vee"

Hiru Golden Film Awards 2016

  • Most Popular Movie
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) – Kusum Renu as Queen Viharamahadevi
  • Best Playback Singer (Female) – Nirosha Virajini for the song "Sanda Mandala Vee"
  • Best Lyricist – Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana for the song "Sanda Mandala Vee"
  • Special Jury Award – Jackson Anthony as King Elara


  1. ^ "This is not a political story - Chandrasiri". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ "EAP Films and Theaters Private Limited". Retrieved 24 June 2016.

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