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imitating actor Bandu - Five producers ordered to make statements

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday ordered film producer Udayakantha Warnasuriya and four other producers to provide statements to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), after they were charged with using an actor named Janaka .. Kumara to imitate veteran comedy star Bandu Samarasinghe in several film and tele-drama productions.

The Magistrate ordered Warnasuriya to give a statement to the CCD on 1 August, for having allegedly used actor Janaka Kumara in his film Gindari, where Kumara stands accused of imitating and mimicking the traits of the veteran comedy star.

The Magistrate also ordered producer Chaminda Kumara to give a statement to the CCD in this connection.

Chaminda Kumara too had used actor Janaka Kumara in several of his productions.

The Magistrate also ordered producers Kelum Kumara and Rukman Samanpriya to appear before the CCD and give statements as they too had allegedly featured suspect Janaka Kumara in several of their films.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate fixed the next hearings for 26 September.