Award winning Sri Lankan director in SA
Pictured at the screening of 'A Common Man' in Johannesburg are (l-r) Arif Zaman, Commonwealth Business Council, Toni Gomes, President of Business Professional Women (BPW) SA, High Commissioner Shehan Ratnavale of Sri Lanka in SA, Chandran Rutnam, Asian Film Location Services and Award-winning Director and Barbara King, Indelible Media
The award winning film 'A Common Man' was screened by the Sri Lankan High Commission in South Africa. The screening took place in Johannesburg and the movie-goers had the good fortune to meet with Chandran Rutnam, the award winning director of the film.
Rutnam was in the country to promote the film and to also promote Sri Lanka as a great filmmaking destination.
'A Common Man' won three awards at the Madrid International Film Festival for ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Actor’ (Ben Kingsley).
The Madrid International Film Festival is an annual event held to promote cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment and is based in the city of Madrid in Spain. It draws thousands of people from all around the world.
'A Common Man' is a psychological thriller starring Oscar Award winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross.
Rutnam said that he liked the concept of the movie “A Wednesday” and he adapted this Hindi movie into a highly suspenseful thriller.
"A Common Man” is filmed in Colombo and deals with a mysterious man (Kingsley) who had planted five bombs in the city. The bombs are set to explode if his demand for the release of four major terrorists is not immediately met. When he conveys his demands to the Deputy Inspector General of the Colombo Police Department (Cross), a confrontation ensues that sets off this exciting, non-stop action film.
Rutnam emphasized that the film is totally fiction and that Sri Lanka, having attained peace, is a great destination for tourism, business and filmmaking.
High Commissioner Shehan Ratnavale of Sri Lanka in South Africa introduced Rutnam as a great Sri Lankan director who Steven Spielberg once referred to as "Our most valued friend in the Far East."
Rutnam started his movie career with Britain's David Lean in the Oscar-winning film 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' at the age of 16 and studied with American director George Lucas in film school.
Rutnam brought numerous Hollywood movies to Sri Lanka and he worked as the production supervisor in Sri Lanka for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) amongst many other Hollywood movies.
Rutnam is looking to collaborate with the South African film industry.