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Hewapanna breaks Guinness Record


Local film director Nandana Hewapanna has made yet another successful attempt breaking his own Guinness World Record for the fastest film produced (script to screen).

His new movie ‘Salakuna’ has taken only 59 hours and 20 minutes to be completed. Hewapanna has put pen to paper at 6:10 in the morning on 16 June and the completed movie has finished its first screening to a panel of judges at 5:50 in the evening of 18 June.

Salakuna focuses on the woes of a 7-year- old kid who gets kidnapped by some of her own family members after she wins the grand prize of Rs 10 million in a reality show. The movie runs for 90 minutes and Hewapanna himself is responsible for the script, producing, directing and the cinematography. His son, Ashan Hewapanna was the editor of the movie while the main role of the movie is played by Hewapanna’s own granddaughter, Akera Hewapanna. The rest of the cast features renowned actors Rex Kodippili, Gamini Kosta, Asanka Mendis, Hiruni Madara, Sandya de Silva, Ruwan Hettiarachchi and Rathnasiri Ranasinghe.

The process of making the movie was judged according to the Guinness Committee regulations by a local panel of judges. The panel included the OIC of Film and Exhibition Unit of Police Public Relations Division, Sub Inspector S. M. U. Subasinghe and five representatives from Legal Aid Commission. Hewapanna must now screen the movie at a public viewing in order to officially receive confirmation of setting the world record and he plans to do so within the next two months.

The previous Guinness record for the fastest movie produced too was held by Hewapanna for his movie, ‘Mangala Gamana’ (2014). It then took him 71 hours and 19 minutes to make the movie. His latest attempt is considerably faster and has used latest technology of DSLR cameras instead of the IVG 30 cameras he used for the previous attempt.

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