They said this at a media briefing on handing over the local film screening rights to the National Film Corporation.
Responding to media queries, former Gampaha district MP Ravindra Randeniya said, “With the intention of safeguarding the local film industry, former Prime Minister late Sirimavo Bandaranaike established the National Film Corporation and introduced an Act in 1971 for film advertising. This was the golden era of the Sinhala Cinema.
However, through the 1977 open economy, instead of finding solutions the Sinhala film distribution powers was privatised. By this the profits that was meant to go to the Film Corporation was shared between the private sector.
This was why I had to leave politics in 2001. Today the film producers are facing a pathetic plight. There are many instances where the distributors have asked the producers to throw their films in the river.
I must admit that through the mediation of President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksha Sinhala film distribution has been handed back to the National Film Corporation which will safeguard the Sinhala cinema.”
Expressing her views on the matter, former UPFA – MP, considered as the queen of the Sinhala cinema, Malini Fonseka said, “For some time now, the Sinhala cinema has been brought down to the ground without any remedial measures taken to counter its downfall. Hence, this move by the government is indeed a historical opportunity.”