‘Maw Senehasa’ screened in London
Wimal Alahakoon’s Sinhala movie ‘Maw Senehasa’ was screened at the Paul Robeson Theater in London last week. There was a full house to view this premier show.
Chief guest of the occasion was Deputy High Commissioner in London, Neville de Silva. Ven. Balangoda Ananda Mangala Thera, Ven. Austria Susara and Minister in the High Commission, Dr. Kokila Waidyaratne attended the show as special invitees.
Popular actress Rebecca Nirmalee, who played a main role in the film and actress Ann Niroshini who acted in another role were especially flown from Colombo for the show.
Speaking at the event, Deputy High Commissioner Neville de Silva said he used to attend film premiers regularly when he worked for Lake House to write reviews for the Sunday Observer and Daily News a long years ago.
He said the Sinhala Cinema gained stature, international recognition and acceptance because of the work of directors of the caliber of Lester James Peiris, Dr. Siri Gunasinghe, Vasantha Obeysekera and D. B. Nihalsinghe.
He said only few are aware that Dr. N.M. Perera acted in one of the first Sinhala films shown in 1925. He praised Wimal Alahakoon for not making films to make money.
Ven. Susara said even Lord Buddha had preached about value of a mother and it was nice to see a film made based on Buddha’s philosophy.
Wimal Alahakoon said that his father died when he was very young and he was attached to his mother from his childhood. "I made this film as a tribute to all mothers".
Rebecca said she was overwhelmed by the generous reception she received from the Sri Lankans living in the UK. She thanked Mr. & Mrs. Alahakoon for giving her this opportunity.
Alahakoon who is a Chartered Engineer based in London took to acting about 12 years ago while co-producing Sriyani Amarasen’s ‘Ira Batu Tharuva’. He won an award for the role he played in ‘Hemanthaye Wasanthayak’ directed by Rodney Vidanapathirana.
He also acted in ‘Hima Piyali’, ‘Pushparaga’, ‘Sihina Paradeesaya’, ‘Keera Kotuve Gedara’, ‘Ananthya’ and ‘Ira Sevaya’. The latter two films were produced by him.
The script for ‘Maw Senehasa’ was written by Rodney Vidanapathirana., who has also written a novel based on the movie.
(From right to left) Balangoda Ananda Mangala Thero; Susasra Thero from Austria; Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Neville De Silva; Dr. Kokila Waidyaratne; Gamini Abeysinghe; Wimal Alahakoon; Rebecca Nirmali
Wimal Alahakoon & Rebecca Nirmali- Introduction to Premier Show
A scene from MAW SENEHASA Film