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. Music composed by Rohana Weerasinghe. It is the highest grossing film in Sri Lankan cinema history. It is the 1025th Sri Lankan film in the Sinhala cinema.
|Sooriya Arana |
part of the film
|Directed by||Somaratne Dissanayake|
|Produced by||Renuka Balasooriya|
|Written by||Somaratne Dissanayake|
|Starring||Jackson Anthony |
|Music by||Rohana Weerasinghe|
|Edited by||Shyaman Premasundara|
|23 January 2004|
|Box office||12 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. 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.
This article needs a plot summary. (April 2017)
- Jackson Anthony as Sediris
- Jayalath Manoratne as Loku Hamuduruwo
- Sajitha Anuththara as Tikira
- Dasun Madusanka as Sumedha 'Podi Hamuduruwo'
- G.R Perera as Arachchila, Village headman
- D.B. Gangodathenna as Peethara Mama
- Duleeka Marapana as Sediris's wife
- Jayani Senanayake as Sediris's concubine
- Giriraj Kaushalya as Salesman
- Ariyasena Gamage as Korala
- Pramudi Karunarathna as Tikira's sister
- Bertie Nihal Susiripala
The film received positive reviews and became the highest grossing Sri Lanka film till the date with 12 SL Crores. 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.
|1.||"Iren Haden"||Somaratne Dissanayake||Harshana Dissanayake|
Awards and nominationsEdit
The film was critically adjudged by many local and international film festival and won many awards as well.
Houston International Film FestivalEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2008||Sooriya Arana||Silver Remi Award for the Best Feature||Won|
|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|
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