Ali Kathawa [An Elephant's Tale]

Family / Fantacy / Children
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  • Directed by : Sunil Ariyarathne
  • Written by : Leticia Boteju, Sunil Ariyaratne


Once upon a time in this country, there lived a king whose queen was saddened all the time. That was simply because they did not have children. The kingdom had no heir. In the meanwhile, the countrymen were getting ready to celebrate the fifth wedding anniversary of the royal couple. Preparations were ready to celebrate the event on a grand scale.

One dancing troupe was journeying across a forest, with its drunken chief. This drunken chief stirred the wrath of the wild elephants, who in turn assaulted the whole troupe. While everyone ran amok, one mother fainted with her child trapped in a basket. While the wild elephants were retreating, the child gave a cry. One female elephant grew fond of the child. So she carried the basket with the child on her shoulder and made way into the forest.

That forest was home to an ascetic and a Veddah family too. The female elephant had a calf too. The human child grew up with the elephant calf. The ascetic taught him the letters and martial arts, while the Veddah family observed all this from afar.

Ascetic named the elephant calf as Raju and the child as Bhanu.

Since they both get to grow up in an isolated environment, they develop a mutual understanding. In the meanwhile, the childless queen is getting ready to leave the palace. The ministers advise her to adopt a child. The queen approaches Alimandava Kovil, a sacred site reserved for ladies, as a last resort. What would the queen, flanked by her assistants, get to see on her way to the kovil located in the forest? Bhanu who takes a bath in the river with his elephant sibling. But suddenly they disappear. The queen develops affection for Bhanu at the very first sight. She goes back to the palace, and cries for Bhanu.

The king seeks assistance from the Veddah family to locate Bhanu. The ascetic smells what the Veddah family and the royal courtiers are up to, and tries to rescue Bhanu and Raju from them.

Will the courtiers be able to abduct Bhanu?

Will the friendship between Bhanu and Raju come to a halt?

Will the other elephants let Bhanu and Raju alone?


Raju, the Elephant

Kaushalya Fernando

Yehani Hansika

Ravindra Randeniya

Dananjaya Siriwardhana

Tharuka Wanniarachchi

Giriraj Kaushalya

Rodney Warnakulasuriya

Dulika Marapana

Kumara Thirimadhura

Sarath Kothalawala

Wilson Gunarathne

Deepani Silva

- 25 June 2017 -
- 25 June 2017 -
- 25 June 2017 -
Good for kids. Story is not poweful enough
danuka silva
- 22 June 2017 -
love the songs ! kinda uique fantasy
- 21 June 2017 -
- 19 June 2017 -
Very good movie for children and a good message for the society.
- 19 June 2017 -
Not up to standard as a children s story !
- 18 June 2017 -
Nice movie. Give a good advice to the people about the nature
- 17 June 2017 -
Nice movie
Tharindu Nirmala
- 12 June 2017 -
This movie was an utter failure. Decided not to watch movies directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyarathne. Even the movie "Paththini" was not upto the standards. Childrens' movies such as Siri Perakum, Ho Gana Pokuna are way more greater than this movie. Even the adult could enjoy those movies where they had good storylines and great music. Its true that our film industry lack of technology. But not lack of imagination. We have access to great film industries such as hollywood n bollywood. I wonder our Directors gather anything from them.
Niroshan Fernando
- 11 June 2017 -
- 11 June 2017 -
Good movie
Rohana Bandara
- 10 June 2017 -
No Flow on the film, main acting kid not suitable to the character, middle the girl & the boy combination not good as kid's film. overall not recommend as kid's & family film.
- 07 June 2017 -
nice film.. recommend to all family members
Tharindu Dileepa Perera
- 05 June 2017 -
Nice one
Samantha Perera
- 05 June 2017 -
Nice Films
- 05 June 2017 -
R.Pradeep Priyadarshana
- 05 June 2017 -
good move, but last module what small girl bathing in the river and removing shis cloths are not matching with this type of children's movies. it's directing children's mind in a bad way.
Aruna sampath
- 04 June 2017 -
Good one,
Ushan Wickremasinghe
- 04 June 2017 -
The change of the theatre location not prominent! Almost missed out on the film.
Ushan Wickremasinghe
- 04 June 2017 -
My young daughter enjoyed the movie. It was good.
Sean juriansz
- 04 June 2017 -
Good movie, more suitable for kids aged 5-15
- 04 June 2017 -
I really enjoy this film
- 03 June 2017 -
Lots of fun for kids and great movie for the whole family
- 29 May 2017 -
Good movie for children
Jude Perera
- 28 May 2017 -
It was very good. Children enjoyed a lot.
- 28 May 2017 -
- 27 May 2017 -
Lovely movie. Ending could have been better. It was ver anti climatic. Overall, nice movie for kids and adults. Roughly two and half hours in length.
- 24 May 2017 -
Good movie it has story which attracts children
Rukman Chaminda
- 23 May 2017 -
Good Film for Kids and They really enjoyed the Film
- 22 May 2017 -
There are no meaning of the story... Really disappointed about Sri Lankan movie ? indestry.
- 22 May 2017 -
Good movie for kids
- 21 May 2017 -
given some ideas to protect the environment but its not really touching.thr story is not memorable except the elephants some behaviour on some occation..long movie compare to the short story introduced..
limal chandula
- 14 May 2017 -
best children movie ever