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.
of the teledrama is socially relevant as it lays bare the traps
and pit-falls that ensure a highly vulnerable segment of contemporary
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.
urge of the teledrama that moves the principal characters, is the
greed for wealth. The cupidity breeds, disharmony suspicion and
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.
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.
of the grasping and greedy sister-in-law of Pathmalatha is interpreted
by Gayana Sudarshini, whose talents are yet to be fully exploited.
Rubasinghe, introduces a touch of mystery to the narration through
his use of a cobra as the avenging force.
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
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.
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.