A Common Man (film)

A Common Man (film)

A Common Man
Ben Kingsley as A Common Man
Directed by Chandran Rutnam
Produced by Manohan Nanayakkara
Jonathan Sheinberg
(Executive Producer)
Paul Mason
(Executive Producer)
Chandran Rutnam
B.S. Radhakrishnan
Ravishankar Prasad
Manohar Prasad
Ravichander Babu
(Associate Producer)
Sumeet Agrawaal
(Associate Producer)
Screenplay by Chandran Rutnam
Starring Ben Kingsley
Ben Cross
Jerome de Silva
Ashan Dias
Numaya Siriwardena
Patrick Rutnam
Frederick-James Lobato
Wilson Gunaratne
Wilmon Sirimanne
Sando Harris
Dushyanth Weeraman
Mohammed Adamally
Music by Ramesh Vinayakam
Cinematography Chandana Jayasinghe
Edited by James Rutnam
Asian Digital Entertainment Ltd.
Distributed by Myriad Pictures
Running time 94 minutes
Country Sri Lanka / USA
Language English

A Common Man is a 2013 thriller film starring Oscar Award winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross and directed by Sri Lankan film maker Chandran Rutnam.[1][2][3][4][5]

The film is an official remake of the Indian thriller A Wednesday!, but Rutnam reworked the screenplay of this highly suspenseful thriller.[6]

A Common Man is an award winning movie that won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Madrid International Film Festival and bronze medal in the Feature Films category at the New York Festivals’ International Television and Film Awards, three of the 119 Gold World Medals, 145 Silver, 104 Bronze, and 327 Finalist Certificates awarded that day.[7][8]


Ben Cross (centre) with Chandran Rutnam (right) and Ben Kingsley (left) at Fort Railway Station in Sri Lanka, during shooting of the Rutnam-directed film A Common Man

The film starts in a room full of bomb making material and newspaper articles about LTTE bombings in Sri Lanka, the screen then cuts to a typical busy morning in Colombo. "The Man" (Ben Kingsley) plants five bombs around the city; on a public bus, in a shopping mall and the Polgoda police station, on an intercity train, and at the Katukurunda Airfield. The man then establishes his mini control station on top a skyscraper in Dehiwala and calls the police chief Morris Da Silva (Ben Cross) and informs him that if four prisoners are not released, the bombs will be detonated.[9]


  • Ben Kingsley as "The Man"
  • Ben Cross as Morris Da Silva
  • Pattrick Rutnam as IP Mohideen
  • Fredrick-James Koch as IP Rangan Jayaweera


A Common Man' was filmed in 2012 in various locations in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Critical reception

The movie received negative reviews, IMDb rated the it 4.3/10 on their site and RottenTomatoes gave it a 13% through audience rating. The movie won the awards for the best film and the best actor (Ben Kingsley) in the Madrid Film Festival.


A Common Man was released worldwide on 21 May 2013 in Blu-ray by Anchor Bay Films and Myriad Pictures.


The movie had its premiere at the Laemmle Music Hall Cinema in Beverly Hills, California on 15 March 2013 with the participation of celebrated movie personalities in Hollywood.[10]


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  2. ^ "Asia Capital's AAI exit primary due to new insurance regulations: Chairman". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka is extraordinary – Ben Kingsley". The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Ben Kingsley to act in Lankan film". Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Ben Kingsley's wife certainly thinks he's a sexy beast as she cuddles up to actor on lunch date". Associated Newspapers Ltd.(U.K.). 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  6. ^ Ben Kingsley Starring Action-Thriller, “A Common Man” Is To Be Released by Myriad Pictures Worldwide
  7. ^ "Lankans’ film wins three awards". The Island. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  8. ^ "A Common Man wins bronze at New York Festival". Colombo Gazette. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  9. ^ Ben Kingsley Starring Action-Thriller, "A Common Man" Is To Be Released by Myriad Pictures Worldwide
  10. ^ "Many firsts for movie ‘A Common Man’". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 

External links

  • Behind the scenes of A Common Man
  • A Common Man at the Internet Movie Database
  • A Common Man wins bronze at New York Festival