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Ranjith Kuruppu

Kura Ranjith Kuruppu's odyssey from a 'still' photographer in Sri Lanka to the evolution of his creative juices as a film director, screenplay-writer and translator in the German milieu three and half decades later reads like a copybook tale of success. That grit, determination and a never-say-die spirit also played their part in realising the not-so-modest ambitions of a soaring spirit are evident in the milestone marking the journey.

An intense desire to study cinematography propelled Ranjith to Germany in 1973 where he rounded off his studies with an advanced course on the subject in London enabled him to launch his first film: "The House of the Gentle Souls" (Pavana Ralu Viya). The film financed by the Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Stuttgart, Maran Film GmbH, Munich was a runaway success, capturing the coveted Sarasavi Award (Sri Lanka National Film Award) in 1995 in the categories of "Best Actress", "Best Supporting Actress" and "Best Screenplay". The film was also dubbed in German and telecast in Germany on the ARD channel.

2006 Ranjith written and directed the TV-Drama "Puthuni Hamba Giya" (Flug der Schwäne) for the Independent Television Network (ITN) Sri Lanka.

Ranjith's passion also extends to translation work into Sinhala. Four books: "Auschwitz" by Dr. Miklos Nizlis, "The Nazi Officer's Wife" by Edith Hahn, "Inside Hitler's Bunker", by Joachim Fest and "Desert Flower" by Waris Dirie have already been done the honours.   By Journalist N,Hebbar

Ranjith is now gearing himself up for directing his next film "Dona Cathirina.

The plot contains the betrayals, loyalty and sacrifices, assassination, barbarism, refinements and contradiction of a remarkable civilization.

We try to cinematically portray the cruelty, barbarism, ruthlessness and sadism inherent in the power struggle to illustrate the nakedness and the universality of the power struggle.