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After Terrorist, Santosh Sivan steps into LTTE territory again

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Fifteen years ago, cinematographer-filmmaker Santosh Sivan made a haunting film called The Terrorist, a film about a female human bomb, who sets off to kill Rajiv Gandhi.

The director returns to LTTE territory with his upcoming film, an English-Tamil bi-lingual called Ceylon (Inam in Tamil).

Didn’t Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café recently visit the same territory?

Says Santosh, "I had done The Terrorist much earlier. It had got an international release, with John Malkovich and Michael Ondaje presenting it. Ceylon is quite different from Shoojit’s film. It is the story of six youngsters, who grow up in an orphanage together and get caught in the war. The youngsters are full of fun and life, so it's their story of survival. The story unfolds with the huge canvas of the war in the background. It's a universal story that could happen in any place where there is a political conflict.”

The main role in the film is played by Sugandha Ram, who featured in Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na and Tere Bin Laden before.

Says Santosh, “Many kids have lost their parents to the ethnic conflict. So the orphans become a big family. It is the story of youngsters growing up together, many wanting to join the rebel forces, mainly due to personal loss. Finally, the war breaks out. My film details what happens to these young people."

Santosh’s protagonist is based on a real character. "I was quite touched by the story of a refugee girl from Sri Lanka, who came to Chennai. India is home to a great number of refugees for all over. The stories of refugees often portray an extreme will to survive and a journey through violence. For a woman refugee, the struggle to survive is much more intense. Sugandha plays a refugee, who goes through tremendous suffering."

Ceylon will release in March 2014. It will be dubbed in Hindi as well. (Source: rediff)
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  • mota Monday, 09 December 2013 04:22 PM

    well said Cobra.

    Nimal Monday, 09 December 2013 04:25 PM

    he may be a Congress man.....so it's time to make this movie and to release just before next year parliament election...

    Prabhath Wednesday, 11 December 2013 02:43 PM

    This production which is going to be titled 'Ceylon' will damage Sri Lanka, PR wise. Ceylon does not only associate with 'War'. It associates with prosperity, nature, unity, great civilisation, etc. and unfortunately, very recently with war as well. Let the director portray a story relates to bitter war experience in Sri Lanka and satisfy those who campaign the topic but please influence and make the title 'Ceylon' changed. I feel it is the responsibility of our authorities.

    Prabha Wednesday, 11 December 2013 03:53 PM

    The title 'Ceylon' will certainly damage Sri Lanka PR wise. I am sure everybody understands this. Imagine a movie is made based on Indo- Pakistan war and given a title 'Bharat'. Ceylon is associated with great civilisation, prosperity, nature, unity, etc and unfortunately quite recently with war as well. However we as Sri Lankans are now in the process of moving forward, leaving the bitterness behind. I feel the title should be changed from generalizing a whole nation to a more individualistic theme.

    Cobra Monday, 09 December 2013 02:07 PM

    He's going to make a film titled: The Last Days of the Sun God'.
    David Cameron will produce it, of course and Channel-4 will handle the camera!!!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:51 AM

    Please don't remind about the bloody war again by anymeans. Enough is enough.


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