Producer actress Nita Fernando plays the lead role in an up-and-coming film based on the true life story of Narmada Siriwardena, a famous Sri Lankan musician who was afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The film revolves around Narmada and six characters she encounters during her battle between life and death.
The film, titled Seven Notes, explores the fears, misunderstanding and confusion surround HIV/AIDS and the remarkable resilience some people infected with this deadly virus possess within themselves.
The movie aims to put a stop to the stigma and discrimination attached to those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, by educating the viewers about what this disease is all about, says the script writer Yoland Weerasinghe, who has done extensive research on the subject.
While Nita plays the role of Narmada, the other six characters are portrayed by Sachini Ayendra, Anusha Rajapakse, Danu Insinthamby, Damitha Abeyratne, W Jayasiri and Anjali. The cast also includes Sriyantha Mendis, Veena Jayakody, Jeevan Kumaratunge and Cletus Mendis.
Nita Fernando commenting on her role says: “This is an international issue in most countries. We need to create awareness in society to prevent the spread of this disease. People lack knowledge as how to come out with it and deal with HIV/AIDS. Narmada is a very challenging character.”
Standard Chartered Bank, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and Asian Film Locations, headed by Chandran Rutnam, are the sponsors.
Shooting has already commenced on Seven Notes, which is an English language movie which will be dubbed in both Sinhala (Sapthaswara) and Tamil. The film is directed by Sanjaya Nirmal and is set to be screened in Sri Lankan as well as abroad.