Cindrella Sinhala Movie starring Upeksha Swarnamali, Akalanka Ganegama and Directed by Enoka Sathyangani may have little to do with Cinderella who lost her shoe all those years ago. But the still-famous story of ‘Cinderella’, also known as ‘The Little Glass Slipper’, written by Anne Anderson continues to influence popular culture while contributing to storylines and myriad twisted themes of many movies. The first Cinderella story is considered to be the story of a Greek slave girl who married the king of Egypt.
The Little Glass Slipper (1955)
This movie which was directed by Charles Walters, retells the story of orphan girl – Ella (Leslie Caron) who lives with her cruel stepmother (Elsa Lanchester) and her two equally nasty stepsisters (Amanda Blake, Lisa Daniels). Ella was forced to work as a housekeeper for them. When the local prince (Michael Wilding) returns from school, a ball was announced. During this time Ella meets the prince not as a prince but as a lad who disguises and introduces himself as the son of the palace chef. Not long after, the two of them fall in love. Later, Ella managing to attend the ball, comes to know of his real identity.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
As a baby Ella (Anne Hathaway) is visited by a fairy god mother-Lucinda who gifts her with a magical talent to obey when she is told to do something, which could not exactly be considered a gift in Ella’s case…It’s more of a curse. Accompanied by prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy) Ella embarks on a journey in search of this fairy. The original Ella is supposed to be kind-hearted and calm but here, Ella doesn’t give into the prince at first and acts all feisty and confident. Further it adds more magical creatures from former Disney movies to make this movie dramatic and fascinating. The features and personalities of the characters are also unique which helps create a more artistic and magical Ella-story.
A Cinderella Story (2004)
The movie directed by Mark Rosman tells of a modernized ‘Cinderella Story’. Sam (Hilary Duff), a teenage girl who lives in California is obliged to work as both janitor and dishwasher in her her stepmother’s (Jennifer Coolidge) diner. Due to a phone mix-up, she begins texting and e-mailing a boy she doesn’t even know. They agree to meet at a school dance but when Sam finds out that he is Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray) – the cutest boy at school she tries to make herself look more cooler and attractive. This Cinder-story takes a whole new turn mixing up unique themes however sticking to the original plot of the story.
Another Cinderella Story (2008)
An ordinary girl, a prince charming and a Happily-Ever-After. Using these mostly used fairy-tale elements director Damon Santostefano creates a Cinderella of Music and Dance. A young man (Drew Seeley) desperately longs to reunite with an amazing dancer (Selena Gomez) he has met at a masked ball. This Cinderella outdoes the talented young man with the most amazing dance moves. Calling upon some of the greatest dance talents and using high school life for setting this Cinder-tale had become one of the most-liked movies of Disney so far.
The latest Cinder-movie released last year is a Disney produced live-action, directed by Kenneth Branagh based on the original version of the story. The plot, the themes and the characters are identical to the original ‘Cinderella’.
After her father’s unexpected death, Ella (Lily James) is left with her nasty stepmother (Cate Blanchette) and two selfish and spoilt stepsisters – Anastasia and Drisella (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera). She is deprived of many things but refuses to grieve over it. She longs to meet the handsome stranger (Richard Madden) whom she had met in the forest and the opportunity arrives in the form of an invitation to the royal ball. Her cruel stepmother prevents her from going to the ball. Help arrives in the form of a beggar-woman whom turns out to be a fairy godmother, despite her drab looks.