: a bizarre story’
By Susitha R. Fernando
Dilhani, Palitha and Amiththa the main actors of the mystery teledrama
“Meeduma”(The Mist) gives a suspenseful performance
successfully to awake the televiewers of Swarnavahini on Wednesday
at 9.00 pm.
The story begins
when a newly married couple spends their first night at a hotel
in Nuwara Eliya. They arrive at their selected hotel in their going
away car driven by the bride, Sarojini’s brother-in-law Bandara.
As they get pretty late to get to Nuwara Eliya, Bandara decides
to occupy another room at the same place and spend the night.
During the early
hours of the following morning the groom Keerthi wakes up suddenly
to find that his wife is missing. Alarmed he rushes out of the room
and meets his wife walking back towards the room along the dark
To his horror
he finds that she is carrying a blood-dripping knife and that her
nightclothes are stained with blood. He is further confused and
troubled when he realises that she is sleepwalking. Utterly disturbed
he runs towards the room occupied by Bandara at the further end
of the corridor only to find him dead. Overcome with fear he meets
his wife now in proper senses desperately looking at the tragic
He rushes back
to see Sarojini seated on the bed. Suddenly she wakes and lets out
a piercing shriek. Keerthi covers her mouth with his hand. He learns
that Sarojini has dreamt that Bandara came to her and asked her
to poison him. Sarojini says that since she loved Keerthi she could
not think of killing him. So in her dream she empties the poison
and goes in search of Bandara finally stabbing him.
confused and wonders why she should dream in a manner involving
the three of them. He decides to keep silent and let Bandara’s
funeral take place. This incident brings certain amount of restraint
to their conjugal love.
start taking place upon their arrival at their new home that is
situated in a lonely place in a beautiful surrounding. They are
bewildered when they hear noises in the night and are startled.
Keerthi is devastated when he sees Bandara at a window.
Why did Sarojini
murder Bandara on that fateful night? How does the spectre of Bandara
appear and hang around the house threatening the lives of the new
couple? What’s going to happen to them in the future? Where
are they driven to?
this fantastic story in twenty-one episodes through a breathtaking
cinematic experience. Ruwan Costa’s cinematography is breathtaking
and Navaratna Gamage’s music superbly blends to create the
much needed bizarre atmosphere.
The story is
adopted from Nihal Peiris’ novel and directed by Anuruddha
Jayasinghe with talented actors Dilahani Ekanayake, Palitha Silva,
Amiththa Weerasinghe, Sullakkana Mihiripenna, Grace Ariyawimal,
Jayani Senanayake, Edward Gunawardena, Prasannajith Abeysooriya
and Ashen Manjula. ‘Meeduma’
is produced by Sunil Wickrama and Ananda Lakshman.