Mag Events,Top Story l by Tina Edward Gunawardhana l 17 Aug 2020     - 156

The making of Osariya

Words: Tina Edward Gunawardhana


UK Based filmmaker calvin Chinthaka brings to life the cultural importance of the osariya through his award winning film

Why did you embark on making a film on the Osariya?

I have always been amazed by vibrant cultures and colours which create social identity dilemmas and controversy within people and their cultural beliefs in different parts of the world. However my main inspiration was my grandmother. Growing up in Kandy surrounded by Kandyan customs, the Osariya was not an unusual thing for me as my grandmother has worn the Osariya every day for over 40 years as her daily attire. Exploring the Osariya provided me with a great opportunity to learn about the Kandyan heritage and culture in depth. By creating this fashion film, I intend to bring some of those elements to life so everyone can have an understanding and  enjoy fashion beyond fashion.

How long did it take you to make the film?

Initial planning took place in early 2019. Around February, I was planning and putting together the initial mood board while looking for the right crew. Pre-production from February to the end of March was done in London. In April 2019  I left London bound for Sri Lanka and spent an initial couple of weeks in Kandy at the National Library researching Sri Lankan culture, heritage, fabrics, and colours. Filming  and production took around two weeks in late April in Kandy, and the post-production took about a month.


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Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Tina Edward Gunawardhana is the Features Editor of Hi!! Magazine. She writes on a variety of topics which include travel, fashion, lifestyle, cuisine and personalities. She is also a journalist for the Daily Mirror Life. An intrepid traveller, Tina likes to show readers the world through her eyes and experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - tinajourno or email her at

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