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Veteran filmmaker Udayakantha Warnasuriya’s latest cinematic creation ‘Yawwana Bambaru Api’ which was earlier titled ‘Challengers’ is now in the process of being edited.

The movie that introduces a large number of new faces to the Sinhala cinema is woven around an entertaining storyline involving the youth.

Promising young actress Sheshadri Priyasad makes her film debut in the movie bringing new hope while she is cast opposite equally gifted actors Roshan Ranawana and Pubudu Chathuranga.

The film that will unspool on the EAP circuit soon is centred on the romantic tale of Ranuk and Sharanya.

‘Challengers’ on the move

Challengers’, Udayakantha Warnasuriya’s latest film introducing a number of newcomers to the silver screen is now being shot in and around the locations in Colombo, Matugama, Nuwara Eliya and Nilaweli.

A movie about a group of youth who are striving to overcome a series of challenges, stars Sangeetha Weeraratne, Vasanthi Chathurani, Lucky Dias together with up and coming Pubudu Chathuranga, Roshan Ranawana and Sheshadri who does her debut. In addition big cast together with a group of new comers includes Dharshani Nivanka, Sarath Chandrasiri, Malintha Wijewardena, Heshan Manula, Arenaga Jeevantha, Oshini Liyanage, Sandun Laksitha, Dashun Nishan, Lahiru Nuwan, Nayana Deepanjani, Dilshan Perera, Nirodha Siriwardena and Taniya Fernando.

The story of ‘Challengers’ revolves around Ranuk whose father is Professor Esala Randunu. In childhood itself Ranuk is taught to take responsibilities and to be a disciplined citizen. Grooming to be a handsome youth, Ranuk falls in love with ‘Sharanya’, a beautiful girl. Yet there is a challenge for Ranuk in the way of her own cousin Kishan. The story turns to a triangular love story and Ranuk realises that life’s challenges are much harder than just winning the heart of his love.

Assisted in the direction by Donald Jayantha, the cinematographer is Jayanath Gunawardena and Praveen Jayaratne to edit the movie. Manjula Ayagama is the art director and Asoka Ariyaratne is the production manager. Shan Perera will choreograph a number of dance scenes in the film which include songs penned by Sunil Wimalaweera, Nilar N. Cassim, Vasantha Dukgannarala, Padmakumara Metthasena, Ariyasinghe Perera and Kaushith Malinda.

To the melodies of Aruna Lian, Dilan Lamb, Nisal Gangodage and Ravi Hans the background songs are done by Uresha Ravihari, Nalin Perera, Surendra Perera, Lesley Thomas, Bachi Susan, Abhisheka Wimalaweera, Chalitha Weerakkodi and Nadee Kahatapitiya