Sri Siddhartha Gautama, an epic film based on the life story of Prince Siddhartha, from his birth up to his
enlightenment is the latest project of The Light of Asia Foundation of Sri Lanka. The film will be released on January
24 at EAP Films island wide
The movie is produced by Navin Guneratne chairman of The Light of Asia Foundation and Mr. Jeff Goonewardena, former
consul general of Sri Lanka to Los Angeles, Venezuela and Colombia as well as prominent hotelier.The main actors and
actresses list include Gagan Malik(India), Anchal Singh(India), Ranjan Ramanayake (Sri Lanka), Anjani Perera(USA),
Gautam Gulati(India), Roshan Ranawana (Sri Lanka), Saranga Disasekara( Sri Lanka), Dilhani Perera (USA), and Wilson
Gooneratne (Sri Lanka). The film is directed by Saman Weeraman, while the renowned film maker Chandran Rutnam is acting
as the main advisor to the entire production. The film is scheduled for release in October 2012.
The film attempts to chronicle the heart wrenching and mind challenging story that lies at the centerpiece of the
Buddhist faith, through an emotional and humane lense. Given the internationally diverse star studded cast and direction,
it seems that Sri Lanka, one home of Terravada Buddhism, will be the first in the world to turn this story into a
production of such magnitude. Utilizing elaborate sets, exquisite locations within Sri Lanka and an authentic script
approved by the supreme council of the Maha Sangha, this film may lie on the brink of creating history. We are looking
forward to this pioneering attempt at an accurate and sensitive cinematic portrayal of Prince Siddhartha’s story of love,
courage and compassion.
This is an extraordinary tale of over 2600 years ago, of a Prince who is endowed with everything he needs and more.
Luxury, palaces and all heart’s desires, are provided to him by his father, a warrior King of the kingdom of Shakya. The
story unfolds dramatically with the Prince leaving all his luxuries and possessions as well as his new born son and
loving wife, caring parents, to an unknown journey of finding the end to human sorrow and suffering.Sri Siddhartha Gautama
is produced by The Light of Asia Foundation Chairman Navin Guneratne and prominent hotelier and former consul general
of Sri Lanka to Los Angeles, Venezuela and Colombia Jeff Goonewardena. The team of consultants to the production of the
film includes Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera, Kalashuri Edwin Ariyadasa, Chandran Rutnam and Prof.
Nimal de Silva.
The film is directed by Saman Weeraman, while renowned film maker Chandran Rutnam plays the role of main advisor in
the entire production