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All India release: Chennai firm dubs Lankan film

[Express Buzz, Saturday, 5 December 2009 10:41 No Comment]

Still4L A Chennai-based company has undertaken to dub and distribute all over India Road From Elephant Pass which is Sri Lanka’s official entry for the Oscars next year. Southern Digital Screenz (SDS) run by Usman Faiz would dub the film into Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannda and Hindi, and release it in 1000 digital cinemas in India, the director of the film, Chandran Rutnam, told Express here on Friday.

“Dubbing in Tamil is going on in Chennai, and the Tamil version of the film will be ready for release by January next,” Rutnam said. The other versions will be released later.

Road From Elephant Pass based on a prize winning English language novel by Nihal de Silva, is the story of the strange relationship between a Sri Lankan army officer and a female LTTE cadre after circumstances threw them together in the midst of war in north Sri Lanka.

“An army officer’s routine assignment to pick up a Tamil woman informant near Jaffna, turns into to a nightmare when the LTTE launches a massive attack on an army camp at Elephant Pass. The two adversaries are forced to escape together through the rebel held Wanni jungles, and later, across the eerie lonelinss of the Wilpattu National Park. Bitter enemies at the start of their journey, Captain Wasantha (Ashan Dias) and the Tamil terrorist Kamala (Suranga Ranawaka) face innumerable threats from wild animals and a gang of deserters who make determined and violent efforts to capture the woman.”

“The constant external danger, and their enforced dependence on each other, gradually erodes enmity and distrust. But a shocking revelation confronts Captain Wasantha when he finally reaches Colombo. He is now compelled to choose between his friend and his country,” Rutnam said leaving it to the viewer to discover the rest of the story.

The film introduces Ashan Dias and Suranga Ramawaka, but has established stars like Sanath Gunathileka, Joe Abeywickrama and Iranganie Serasinghe in supporting roles.

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