Susanthika gets order blocking movie about her

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The Colombo District Court issued a permanent injunction preventing the producer and director of the film called “Susima” from producing, screening and taking any further steps whatever in connection with the film which purportedly depicts the life story of Sri Lankan sprint champion Susanthika Jayasinghe.

Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi made this order sequent to lawsuit filed by plaintiff Susanthika Jayasinghe who won the silver medal at 2000 Sydney Olympics saying the film was an invasion of her privacy.

The lawsuit filed in 2001, sought a permanent injunction to prevent producer Sarath Namalgama and director Mohamed Niyas from proceeding with the film.

Susanthika said the chief character around whose life the film is woven called and known as Susima Jayaweera would be clearly identified to be her life story and the characters identified as the chief personalities around her life.

She said at no time did she give her consent to the defendants to produce and direct this film. Susanthika said she objected to any actress portraying her and said such an act would be degrading, humiliating and injuring her causing her pain of mind and grave and irreparable damage and in addition would be an invasion of her privacy.

Susanthika said she was keen to write her autobiography and to sell it for profit. In the circumstances a film of this nature would adversely affect her rights to do so.

She said she had learnt that the defendants were taking steps to produce the film and to shoot the film and in the circumstances they had no right in law to produce and direct the film and in the circumstances the defendants were wrongdoers in law.

Susanthika said she was a public figure in Sri Lanka and was a bronze medalist in the Olympics and silver medalist in Athens.

President’s Counsel Palitha Kumarasinghe with G.G. Arulpragasam appeared for the plaintiff while Counsel Sunil Abeyratne appeared for the first defendant. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 14

  • abeyrohan Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:01 AM

    Producer should obtain permission from Susanthika to produce the film under her own name. That will be appreciated by all Sri Lankans and set an example of courage and determination to young people.

    Henry Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:11 PM

    Regret to note few negative comments. If this lady Came from a reputed Colombo School or a well to do family all such comments would turn the other-way! Shame!!

    ayyo sirisena Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:31 AM

    she has every right to do so..

    Pranama Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:55 AM

    Movie is "ආච්චිට හාල් ගරන්න​" ?

    Mailman Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:07 AM

    She did not want anyone portraying her because she is a Drama Queen.

    shace-uk Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:49 PM

    omg!!!! This movie was directored by my uncle....and I remember susanthika even advising the lead role sangeetha on few tips movie was completed few years ago and stopped just before the release ....she is indeed a drama queen!!!!

    Giabao Wednesday, 11 February 2015 01:36 PM

    OMG. .... sangeeta as Sussi ? LOL

    lkboy Wednesday, 11 February 2015 01:58 PM

    So much for free speech!

    ravi Wednesday, 11 February 2015 02:17 PM

    what ever happened in the past she has the full authority to stop it if she think it will be not in her favour.may be the said uncle change what he agreed with her at the start.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 11 February 2015 02:32 PM

    She must have done a turnaround, probably she did not get soup.

    Danu Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:59 AM

    Another work of Yahapalana Arts Co.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:05 PM

    SB can talk rubbish openly, but in front of Susanthika he cannot open his dirty mouth.

    Jamis Banda Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:56 AM

    Is SB a co-actor in this drama?

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:10 PM

    She could not get this done through MR. She should be thankful MS for the independent judiciary

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