‘Yakada Pihatu’ (Iron Feathers) will hit the Sinhala
silver screen from August 15 in the EAP circuit. Ranjan Ramanayake,
Anoja Weerasinghe, Dilhani Ekanayake, Semini Iddamalgoda, Sahan
Warnasuriya, Suminda Sirisena, D.B. Gangodatenna, Menike Attanayake,
Priya Ranasinghe, Wilson Karu star in this movie.
The story revolves around
love, sorrow, pain, passion and killings. The lead role ‘Romash’
is played by Ranjan Ramanayake. Romesh, a major in the Army is on
the run after killing the thugs who raped and murdered his fiancee
on the eve of their wedding. He is befriended by Manuja, a widowed
woman and her young son Pasindu.
They invite Romesh into
their home in a remote village. In return for their kindness and
hospitality Romesh helps around the house and property and does
all the jobs a man would do. Manuja takes care of her elderly father-in-law
who is stricken with a debilitating and embarrassing mental breakdown.
Romesh defends Manuja against the thugs sent by her in-laws who
live in the adjoining properties.
They abuse and threaten
her in an effort to force her to leave the ancestral home that she
rightfully claims is hers to live in. Romesh tries to restore peace
and harmony to Manuja’s life and to the life of her in-laws
and the whole village. In the process he too slowly recovers from
the tragic events of his recent past.
He repairs an old tractor he finds in the garage and with the help
of the villagers he tills and re-plants the neglected paddy fields
belonging to Manuja’s late husband.
The rice harvest is
shared with everyone. He puts the village thugs in their place and
earns the respect of the whole community. Gradually Romesh fills
the gap in the lives of Manuja, her son and the villagers in his
role of handyman, companion, protector and friend.
The different encounters
Romesh has with Manuja, with her in-laws, with the villagers and
specially with Pasindu, who begins to look on him as a surrogate
father, helps Romesh to believe in himself again and hope for a
better future. But the police and the army eventually catch up with
him. He serves ten years in prison.
On his release, Romesh
is uncertain about his future. With much anxiety and doubt he returns
to the village wondering if he will be remembered after so long
let alone be welcomed.
To his surprise and relief,
Romesh is genuinely and warmly accepted by the whole village who
turn out at the railway station to garland him and receive him back
in to their fold. Romesh finally realises what makes life so beautiful.
‘Yakada Pihatu’ is produced by Soma Edirisinghe and
Ananda Perera provided the musical background.