Kadawunu Poronduwa (film)

Kadawunu Poronduwa

Rukmani Devi in a scene
Directed byB.A.W. Jayamanne
StarringRukmani Devi
Music byRukmani Devi
Distributed byMinerva Group
Release date(s) January 21, 1947
CountrySri Lanka
LanguageSinhala
Kadawunu Poronduwa (Sinhala, "The Broken Promise") was the first film to be made in the Sinhala language; it is considered to be the beginning of Sri Lankan cinema. The film was produced in India however, and is highly derivative of South Indian films. It was first shown on January 21, 1947 at the Kingsley Cinema in Colombo.

A remake was released in 1982.

Production

Kadawunu Poronduwa was at first a successful play for dramatist B.A.W. Jayamanne. In 1947 he filmed and processed the movie in South India.[1]

Kadawunu Poronduwa produced a formula that Sinhala films would follow up through the 1960s; Jayamanne describes the formula as such[1]:
The duration of a film had to be two and a half hours. One hour of this had to be given to scenes with dialogue. Half an hour to songs (about ten), another half hour given to silent background scenes, with an interval of fifteen minutes.

Plot

The film is a sentimental melodrama that follows the romance between the two lead characters Samson (Eddie Jayamanne) and Ranjani (Rukmani Devi). The repressive mother of the protagonist forbids her daughter to break constraints placed by their society and culture in a major plot device.[1]

Triva

References

1. ^ Jayamanne, Laleen (2001). Toward Cinema and Its Double: Cross-cultural Mimesis. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253214750. 

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Rukmani Devi

Born January 15 1923(1923--)
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Died September 25 1978
Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka

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Rukmani Devi

Born January 15 1923(1923--)
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Died September 25 1978
Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka

Years active 1936-1978
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Rukmani Devi

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Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Died September 25 1978
Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka

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