Veera Puran Appu (film)
|Veera Puran Appu |
වීර පුරන් අප්පු
|Directed by||Lester James Peries|
|Produced by||Shalanka Films|
|Written by||Tissa Abeysekara|
|Based on||Life of Veera Puran Appu|
|Starring||Ravindra Randeniya |
|Music by||Premasiri Khemadasa|
|Edited by||Gladwin Fernando|
|8 August 1978|
Veera Puran Appu (Sinhala: වීර පුරන් අප්පු) is a 1978 Sri Lankan Sinhala epic biographical film directed by Lester James Peries and produced by former cabinet minister Tyronne Fernando for Shalanka Films. It stars Ravindra Randeniya and Joe Abeywickrama in lead roles along with Malani Fonseka and Tissa Abeysekara. Music composed by Premasiri Khemadasa. It is the 399th Sri Lankan film in the Sinhala cinema.
The film screened in 17 cinemas in the fifth board. The film completed box office 100 days at the Webley Cinema Hall, Kandy. In the film, it is noted that more than 1,500 actors contributed to the success of the film. In 1979 SIGNIS Awards ceremony, Tissa Abeysekara was awarded the memorial award for his role as Kudapola Thero.
The film centered around the story behind national patriot Veera Puran Appu and his Matale rebellion in 1848 for the freedom from British. Though he was executed by the British by firing squad, his influence to the country's independence has been highly praised and thus Puran Appu is highlighted as a national hero of the Sri Lankan history.
- Ravindra Randeniya as Puran Appu
- Malini Fonseka as Biso Menike
- Tissa Abeysekera as Ven. Kudapola Sri Rahula Thero
- Joe Abeywickrama as Gongalegoda Banda
- Sriyani Amarasena as Kumarihami
- Dharmasiri Bandaranayake as Punchi Rala
- Robin Fernando as Hanguranketha Dingirala
- David Dharmakeerthi as Gunnepana Arachchi
- Tony Ranasinghe
- Basil de Seram as British gunman
- Tire Otan as Captain Watson
- Gerad Berges as Governor Torrington
- Daya Alwis
- Elson Divithuragama
- Cletus Mendis as one of Puran Appu's soldiers
- B. S. Perera
- Buddhadasa Vithanarachchi as Rebel
- Wilson Karunaratne as Rebel
- Granville Rodrigo as Rebel
|1.||"Sakala Sarin Piri Siri Lankawe"||Parakrama Kodithuwakku||Sunil Edirisinghe|
|2.||"Gambhira Thedati Constantinu"||Sunil Edirisinghe|
|3.||"Jaya Apatai Lankawe"||Arisen Ahubudu||Abeywardena Balasuriya, Sunil Edirisinghe, Ivo Dennis, Dharmasiri|
|4.||"Sinhalayo Api Sinhalayo"||Arisen Ahubudu||Abeywardena Balasuriya, Sunil Edirisinghe, Ivo Dennis, Dharmasiri|
|5.||"Jathiya Wenuwen (poem)"||W. D. Amaradeva|
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- "Sinhala screened films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Veera Puran Appu (1979)". IMDb. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Sri Lanka Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Plot of Veera Puran Appu". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
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