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Super Six poised to bowl over Sinhala Cinema

With a star studded cast that includes Roshan Ranawana and Sanath Gunathilake and debuts by former Miss Sri Lanka Aruni Rajapakse, Director Udaya Palliyaguruge’s Super Six is a film that combines the influences of romance, comedy, action and fantasy. This is the first movie to be launched in Sri Lanka after the end to the war and is also the country’s largest commercial budgeted movie standing at a production cost of Rs 77 million. A totally Sri Lankan cast of over 600, which includes 160 in supporting cast, 80 technical and a host of extras handpicked for their talent ensure a one of a kind movie experience. According to Palliyaguruge who holds a degree in Cinema from the Asian Academy of Film and TV India and Diplomas in Fine Arts and Mass Media as well as Film Making from the New York Film Academy USA coins the genre of this film as “Jollywood’, stating that it incorporates all emotions and senses known to the human mind and spirit. “With cricket being Sri Lanka’s national pastime, Super Six revolves around a group of youth from Moratuwa participating in the Super Sixes, a six a side tournament,” he said at the launch of the movie at a gala event held at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. “There are unpredictable perils of fate and destiny that are intertwined in each of these young people’s lives while they strive to achieve their dreams on the singular platform of the cricket pitch. But the rivalry between the teams spillover into their off-the-pitch lives although the ultimate lessons are the values they learn from each other in this ‘Super Sixes’ tournament.”

As head of Aristo Films which is a 100% Sri Lankan film Production Company formed in 2005, Palliyaguruge also combines the genius of R Sadesh Kumar into the film, revolutionizing the movie industry with their debut into commercial films which films on location in both Sri Lanka and Malaysia and uses technical resources from India as well. This is also the first time that an ARRI 435 camera is being used with Kodak Vision 3 Film, which signals superior film quality. In addition, the Director has removed all stops to his creativity, gaining the expertise of a choreographer and professional stuntmen from India as well as incorporating aerial views from a specially commissioned helicopter to add to the nuances of movie. Seven especially composed songs comprise the movie soundtrack.

As the Director enthuses, the movie is a combination of extraordinary elements brought together to imbue a great movie experience. “Super Six is a first of its kind movie in Sri Lanka, not only from a budgetary angle, but also from the extent of the cast, the catalogue of multi-talented actors of who some are celebrities making their debut in the film world, the technical features of high quality camera and film work, music, locations and even infusion of added features like stuntmen and a highly celebrated Indian choreographer. For me, just like for the Super Six team, this is a dream come true.” (IB)

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