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‘Amuthu Minissu’ to appear soon

By Susitha R. Fernando

‘Amuthu Minissu’, a teleplay based on world renowned Albert Camus’ novel ‘A Stranger’ (L’Etranger) is slated to be telecast on Rupahvahini soon.

Directed by seasoned teledrama maker Roshan Kuruppu, ‘Amuthu Minissu’ is produced by Fahim Mawjood and it is played by over a 300 member cast including experienced and talented artistes like Roshan Ravindra, Gangu Roshana, Buddhika Jayaratne, Semini Iddamalgoda, Hemasiri Liyanage, Rupa Gomes, Wimal Kumara de Costa, Mahendra Perera, Bandula Vithanage, Nihal Fernando, Anura Bandara Rajaguru, Wasantha Vittachchi and Gamini Jayalath.

‘Amuthu Minissu’ is also the first teleplay completely shot at Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Village in Hambantota. A period play has extensively used props and costumes collected from various studios around the country to create an imaginary city that suit to Albert Camus’ story.

The teleplay revolves around a few characters whose qualities, dreams and expectations are different to each other. They all live in this imaginary city and the protagonist in ‘Amuthu Minissu’ is a man who’s life is limited to his surrounding; the sea, the city and things that he comes across daily.

Human feelings like love and affection are not related to him. Yet his behaviour is not harmful to the world. He does not belong to any social section and he is a unique character. Kathy starts liking him because of these qualities. When the entire society hated and disliked him, she loved him. He is a stranger among strangers.

Directior Roshan Kuruppu Producer Fahim Mawjood

All these lead the protagonist of ‘Amuthu Minissu’ to become a murderer. “Camus’ story shows how the loss of hope, the routine life and the traditional religion has made man restless.

“My attempt is to communicate ‘absurdism’, a philosophical school of thought that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail which is shown by this greatest 20th century writer to the Sri Lankan audience,” said Roshan Kuruppu, the director.

The screenplay of ‘Amuthu Minissu’ is written by Udaya Shantha Kumarasinghe, the camera directed by Thisara Thulwan, art director of this play is Udeni Subhodi Kumara, edited by Rangana Sinharage and make up done by Wasantha Poornawansa and the teleplay music directed by Deshaka Sampath.

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