By Revata S. Silva
World renowned director Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka’ bagged all major awards at the 18th Presidential Film Awards held on Friday evening at the BMICH.
In this year’s Awards, held after a lapse of eight years, taking 24 films screened in the year 2015 into consideration, Vithanage’s film won the awards for the Best Film (Lasantha Navarathna and Mohammed Adamally), Best Direction (Vithanage), Best Actor (Shyam Fernando) and Actress (Anjali Patil).
President Maithripala Sirisena, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam gave away the main awards.
‘Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka’ also won four other key awards; Special Jury Award for Best Sound Designer (Thapas Nayak), Best Script Writer (Vithanage), Best Music Direction (Lakshman Joseph De Sarem) and Best Editor (Sreekar Prasad).
The other notable presentation at the awards was the ‘Singha’ lifetime honours given to Nanda Malini, Wasantha Obeysekara, Swarna Mallawarachchi, Donald Karunaratne, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake and Anoja Weerasinghe.
The film ‘Ho gana Pokuna’ won nine awards while ‘Maharaja Gemunu’ won the award for the film that got the highest response from the viewers in 2015.
This year’s Presidential Awards jury comprised Dharmasena Pathiraja (President), Sunil S. Sirisena, Sumithra Rahubadda, Athula Samarakoon, Deepthi Kumara Gunarathne and Buddhadasa Galappaththi.