This trailer is for A Common Man, a film with Ben Kingsley, set completely in Sri Lanka. It’s directed by Chandran Ratnam, the go-to locations guy for movies since Indiana Jones. In this case, however, the movie is set in Colombo and seems to tromp around Colombo quite prominently. Which is great. It looks a bit, well, loosely structured, but it’ll be quite fun to see a well-produced film shot here, and not pretending to be India.
Machan, of course, is the absolute best. Like the Sri Lankan Full Monty, by the same director.
Another movie shot in Sri Lanka that’s coming out soon is Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children. In this case they’re pretending it’s India. What’s interesting is I think they’ve used the same house for both films. I think the house in the clip directly above (a house on Flower Road, incidentally, I think) is the same one at about 0:29 in A Common Man.
It will be nice to see the city on film, both as itself and in disguise.