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Sri Siddhartha Gautama Sinhala Movie

Sri Siddhartha Gautama: A Sinhalese Epic on the Life of the Buddha

Sri Siddhartha Gautama is a 2013 Sinhalese film directed by Saman Weeraman and starring Gagan Malik, Achal Sing, Ranjan Ramanayake, Anjani Perera, Roshan Ranawana, Gautam Gulati, Saranga Disasekara, Dilhani Perera, and Wilson Gooneratne. The film is based on the life story of Prince Siddhartha, from his birth up to his enlightenment as the Buddha. The film was produced by The Light of Asia Foundation of Sri Lanka, with the main advisor being the renowned film maker Chandran Rutnam. The film was released in Sri Lanka on 24 January 2013 and has been dubbed and subtitled in many languages such as Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese, Hindi, French, Japanese, etc. The film received five of the eight awards presented at 2014 UN Vesak Buddhist Film festival in Hanoi, Vietnam including the Best Featured film, Best Actor award, Best Director award, Best Editor award and Best Music award.

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Plot Summary

The film follows the journey of Prince Siddhartha, who is born in the kingdom of Kapilavastu to King Suddhodana and Queen Maya. He is prophesied by the sage Asita to become either a great king or a great spiritual leader. His father tries to shield him from the sufferings of the world and provides him with a luxurious life. He marries his cousin Princess Yasodhara and has a son named Rahula. However, he becomes restless and curious about the outside world and decides to leave the palace with his charioteer Channa. He encounters four sights that change his perspective: an old man, a sick man, a dead man and a monk. He realizes the impermanence and unsatisfactoriness of life and renounces his worldly pleasures. He joins a group of ascetics led by Uddaka Ramaputta and practices severe austerities for six years. He then realizes that this is not the way to enlightenment and abandons the extreme practices. He sits under a Bodhi tree and meditates until he attains enlightenment and becomes the Buddha. He then travels to Sarnath and delivers his first sermon to his former companions, who become his first disciples. He also reunites with his father, wife and son, who join his sangha (community). He spends the rest of his life teaching the Dhamma (the truth) to all who seek liberation from suffering.

Cast and Crew



Prince Siddhartha/Buddha

Gagan Malik

Princess Yasodhara

Achal Singh

King Suddhodana

Ranjan Ramanayake

Queen Maya

Anshu Malik

King Bimbisara

Jeewan Kumaranatunga

Prince Devadatta

Gautam Gulati


Saranga Disasekara

Asita Thapasa

Wilson Gunarathne

The film was directed by Saman Weeraman, who also co-wrote the script with Edwin Ariyadasa, Navin Gunarathne and George Paldano. The cinematography was done by K.D. Dayananda and the editing by Pravin Jayaratne. The music was composed by Pradeep Ratnayaka and Alston Koch. The choreography was done by Saroj Khan.

Critical Reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Some praised the film for its production values, performances, music and message, while others criticized it for its historical inaccuracies, lack of depth, melodrama and preachiness. The film was also compared to other films on the life of the Buddha, such as Little Buddha (1993), The Buddha (2010) and Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment (2013). The film was also controversial for its depiction of some characters, such as King Suddhodana, Prince Devadatta and Queen Maya, who were portrayed in a negative or sympathetic light respectively. The film also faced some challenges in distribution and screening in some countries, such as India, China and Thailand, due to political and religious sensitivities.


Sri Siddhartha Gautama is a Sinhalese film that attempts to tell the story of the life of the Buddha in an epic and emotional way. The film has a star-studded cast and crew and a high budget. The film has been appreciated by some for its artistic and spiritual value, while criticized by others for its factual and artistic flaws. The film has also been recognized internationally and has won several awards. The film is a landmark in the Sinhalese cinema industry and a tribute to the founder of Buddhism.


  • [1] Sri Siddhartha Gautama (film) - Wikipedia

  • [2] Sri Siddhartha Gautama - Sinhala Cinema Database

  • [3] Sri Siddhartha Gautama (film) ශ්රී ... - YouTube


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