Top film producer arrested

2010-05-30 03:23:06

By Indika Sri Aravinda and Supun Dias

Film Producer and Director Chandran Ratnam was arrested by the police for allegedly possessing explosive materials in his former residence, Police Spokesperson SP Preshantha Jayakody told Daily Mirror online

Ratnam produced the film ‘Road to Elephant Pass’ which focused on the war in Sri Lanka and also worked with Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg in the movie Indiana Jones Temple of Doom.

According to police Mr.Ratnam had failed to produce the special license he obtained from the Defence Ministry to produce the film ‘Road to Elephant Pass’.

“We always take clearance from the Ministry of Defence and we are sure and we know that these are not ours as we always destroy them whenever we finish shooting a film”, Mrs. Ratnam said.

“My husband went to the Mirihana police station after we were informed by the owner of the house about the search. He was questioned and subsequently he was held there”, she said. 

She also rejected the claims made by the police that it was Mr.Ratnam’s former residence. The Film Location Company which used the place as its office vacated the place completely in February 2009, she added.

He was arrested on Wednesday and produced before the Gangodawila Magistrate on Thursday and was remanded till today. The Western Province Intelligence Unit on a search warrant issued by the Gangodawila Magistrate raided a house in the Pagoda road, Nugegoda and recovered four kilograms of gun powder on Tuesday.

They also recovered seven detonators, twenty five rounds used for 9mm pistols and 28 rounds used for 0.38mm pistols, the police media spokesman said.

The owner of the house had rented the house to Mr.Ratnam’s film producing company from 2006 to 2008. Since 2009 the owner has been living alone in the house. The Western Province Intelligence Unit police are investigating into the incident. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 18

  • Sunday, 30 May 2010 08:02

    Small fry first.

    No Danuna yet. What a shame for CID? Big talk and no results.

    Reply : 6       10

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 08:04

    Chandran Ratnam should learn a lesson

    Reply : 35       6

    Monday, 31 May 2010 04:22

    Why? For making quality films????

    Reply : 3       19

    Monday, 31 May 2010 05:22

    from whom? you?

    Reply : 0       7

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 08:51

    yes, This is the time to Keep him away from Indian Film Producers.

    Reply : 2       12

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 08:56


    Reply : 33       11

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 09:56

    Ratnam has brought glory to the Country. He is a national Hero !!!This is a shame. It is quite obviously the work of someone who is jealous of him.

    Reply : 6       20

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 10:15


    Reply : 23       4

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 13:06

    He must have wanted to produce a real life 3D action movie. Ha1 Ha!

    Reply : 6       9

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 18:37

    this is our democracy,

    Reply : 4       18

    Sunday, 30 May 2010 22:05

    Even after the war is over the arresting of Tamils in Srilanka is not over. Is this what they call trying to make the Tamils flee the country. And GL Peiris is asking the USA Tamils to come and invest in Srilanka. Who is the fool to come to Srilanka to loose their money and the lives.

    Reply : 7       20

    Monday, 31 May 2010 05:03

    well said Moda Kadawatte

    Reply : 6       10

    Monday, 31 May 2010 01:11

    Are we nuts? Who is behind this nonsense? This will reverse some of the good done by GL's successful Washington visit!

    Reply : 6       12

    Monday, 31 May 2010 03:33

    How can you arrest a man who vacated the house in 2009 for what is found in May 2010. What tomfoolery is this? The owner has been living there from Feb 2009 upto date, he should be arrested. This implies that the owner has not cleaned his house for over year??

    Reply : 0       15

    Monday, 31 May 2010 04:55

    Yes, smells fishy. Why is the owner not arreasted, after all, its his responsibility. Why was he storing these things? And why did he not complain of it in 2009 when Ratnam vacated the premises. Really fishy.

    Reply : 1       13

    Monday, 31 May 2010 04:57

    Ratnam produced the film ‘Road to Elephant Pass but now sl gov found way to send to him to prison
    Ratnam should know this because he is a Tamil.

    Reply : 3       8

    Monday, 31 May 2010 04:59

    If Chandran Ratnam destroyed the license whenever they finish shooting a film, he should destroy or dispose the material that was covered with the licence as well. Should not use his big name for granted!

    Reply : 20       5

    Monday, 31 May 2010 05:23

    Dir Chandran Rathnam, One of the best film director in Srilanka, this really is a shame ????

    Reply : 4       10

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.
Name is required

Email is required
Comment cannot be empty