Sooriya Arana (Fire Fighters) (Sinhala: සූරිය අරණ) is a 2004 Sri Lankan Sinhala children's thriller film directed by Somaratne Dissanayake and produced by Renuka Balasooriya. It stars Jackson Anthony and Jayalath Manoratne in lead roles along with Sajitha Anuththara and Dasun Madusanka.[1] Music composed by Rohana Weerasinghe.[2] It is the highest grossing film in Sri Lankan cinema history.[3] It is the 1025th Sri Lankan film in the Sinhala cinema.[4]

Sooriya Arana
සූරිය අරණ
Sooriya Arana film screen capture.jpg
part of the film
Directed bySomaratne Dissanayake
Produced byRenuka Balasooriya
Written bySomaratne Dissanayake
StarringJackson Anthony
Jayalath Manoratne
Sajitha Anuththara
Dasun Madusanka
Music byRohana Weerasinghe
CinematographyChanna Deshapriya
Edited byShyaman Premasundara
Release date
23 January 2004
Running time
108 minutes
CountrySri Lanka
LanguageSinhala
Box office12 SL Crores

Before the screening of the film, it created a controversy stating that film shows disrespect on the Buddihist monks and being labelled of insulting the Sinhala race.[5] On 5 April 2004, a symposium with a theme "Buddhist symbol in Cinema" was held at the Centre For Society and Religion (CSR) on Deans Road in Maradana.[6]

PlotEdit

CastEdit

Box officeEdit

The film received positive reviews and became the highest grossing Sri Lanka film till the date with 12 SL Crores.[7][8][9] It successfully passed 100 days and earned Rs.11 million for 104 days at Savoya Cinema alone. At the end of May 2004, it earned Rs. 78 million island wide.[10]

SoundtrackEdit

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Iren Haden[11]"Somaratne DissanayakeHarshana Dissanayake 

Awards and nominationsEdit

The film was critically adjudged by many local and international film festival and won many awards as well.[12]

Houston International Film FestivalEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 Sooriya Arana Silver Remi Award for the Best Feature Won

Presidential AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Most Popular Film of the Year Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Lyrics Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Singer (Harshana Dissanayake) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Make-Up (Ebert Wijesinghe) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Sound (Shayamani Premasundara) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Cinematography (Channa Deshapriya) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Jury Award Performance (Dasun Madushanka) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Jury Award Performance (Sajitha Anuththara) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Actor (Jackson Anthony) Won
2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Script (Somaratne Dissanayake) Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Little boys make it big". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Suriya Arana (Fire fighters) - 2004". somadissa.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Suriya Arana - Documentary on wildlife with crude stroryline". Daily News. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ "'Suriya Arana' faces criticism". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Symposium on 'Suriya Arana'". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Suriya Arana - A mandatory pilgrimage". The Island. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  8. ^ "'I'll be back on stage'". Daily News. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  9. ^ "එදා මෙදා තිරගත වූ සිංහල චිත්‍රපට". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  10. ^ "'Suriya Arana' achieves a financial record". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Iren Handen Sooriya Arana". Wijaya Bandara Kaluarachchi. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  12. ^ "ACHIEVEMENTS OF DR. SOMARATNE DISSANAYAKE". somadissa.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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