Friday, May 6, 2011
The film is part of the project celebrating the 2600th Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi in 2011. It aims to send the message of the compassionate nature of Buddhism across the world.
Speaking at the event director Abesekara said that President Mahinda Rajapakshe and the Buddhist Affairs Ministry have been very keen on the film. He added that he had worked on the script for nearly a year and had done a lot of background research to include accurate details to the story.
"The opening chapters of the movie include a few senses of Emperor Asoka. We will be flying to India in January to shoot these episodes. We are constructing the monuments of places and other buildings and working on the costumes. These have to be done with care so that modern elements do not emerge in the pictures.
Even the characters and acted and talked in a specific manner. We hope to give the full experience of travelling back in time for the audience," Abesekara noted. And also he said, " Shooting is scheduled for November and December in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. He also added that one focal point of the tale is the moment when Queen Anula and Price Aritta renunciate from lay life and enter the order of Sangha. This will be done in a realistic manner ; Abesekara stressed while pointing out that it was only after Buddhism took over the isle that the locals were gifted with rich literary work.
Producer of Mahindagamanaya, Daminda Upali Fernando of Best Life Cinema said that one of the main reasons which motivated him to produce the movie is the fact that the director's self confidence and dedication.