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Ruwan Sakmana
(Serialized Teledrama Directed by Ranjit Rubasinghe)
This 13 episode teledrama, moves at a subdued and restrained pace. The story-line of this teledrama, contains within it a moral dimension, that could be assimilated by a broad audience. It is, in effect, a tale of human cupidity which brings death and destruction in its tragic wake.

The message of the teledrama is socially relevant as it lays bare the traps and pit-falls that ensure a highly vulnerable segment of contemporary society.

The central female characters in this teledrama are young women employed in a garment factory. They are easily victimized by a romantic predator, who projects an alluring, care-free youthfulness, that appeals to the young women he seeks to prey upon. The role of the girl-hunter is portrayed by Ranjit Rubasinghe, who interprets the character discarding unnecessary frills and flourishes. His understated dramatic expression, possesses a strong attraction. His ways are casual and simple, but he is adept at consoling the loneliness of his innocent victims. He tempts his intended prey, through an understanding of their romantic needs and idealistic dreams of a happy life.

The central urge of the teledrama that moves the principal characters, is the greed for wealth. The cupidity breeds, disharmony suspicion and deep resentment.

The central female role of the teledrama is portrayed by Nimanti Porage (Pathmalatha). A good part of the story is presented as flash-back, in terms of Pathmalatha's narration of the trials and travails of her brief life of twenty-five years. Two religious sisters, lend understanding ears to her confessions.

The home she escapes from has become a hot-bed of quarrels and squabbles all centering upon the wealth left behind by Pathmalatha's mother who was the pawn-broker to the villagers in financial distress.

Director Ranjit Rubasinghe, gathers a competent and versatile cast, to tell his story. Veteran actresses Deepani Silva, Miyuri Samarasinghe and Manel Wanaguru, contribute quite effectively towards the progress of the teledrama.

The character of the grasping and greedy sister-in-law of Pathmalatha is interpreted by Gayana Sudarshini, whose talents are yet to be fully exploited.

Director Ranjit Rubasinghe, introduces a touch of mystery to the narration through his use of a cobra as the avenging force.

Although Director Ranjit Rubasinghe eschews larger - than - life dramatic flourishes, the very ordinariness of the behaviour of his characters, grows eventually into a force, that possesses the capacity to grip the audience.

It is this realistic dimension, that persuades the audience to adopt an intimacy towards the events that go on in this teledrama. The didactic element of this tele-play is inescapable. Though the director selects several specific girl-victims from the garment sector, the general implication that any unwary young female could fall victim to such unscrupulous predators, goes home to the mind of the viewer unerringly.

The technical arrangements of this teledrama, play an important role towards making this product an effective piece of tele-play.

This is Ranjit Rubasinghe's directorial debut in the field of teledrama. Here he displays his potential amply. His sustained effort and the very evident dedication to his work, will enable him to go from success to success in the years to come.
Edwin Ariyadasa

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