Mal Viyana’: Manel’s final bow
By Susitha R. Fernando
Manel Jayasena takes her final bow as an actress
in the miniscreen Nil Mal Viyana where she plays the role of a mother
with a young daughter. This is also the last opportunity that Henry
Jayasena got to act with Manel. The fans of the Jayasena duo appreciate
this opportunity of watching Manel with her capable acting ability
when the miniplay is telecast on ITN at 8.15 pm on Sunday.
from an aristocratic background Wilfred Senanayake a lawyer by profession
lives in Nuwara Eliya. His wife Samanmalee Senanayake decides separate
from him legally due to his unyielding and autocratic behaviour.
Seperating from him Samanmalee Senanayake leaves for England with
her daughter, Ashani (Sulakkana Mihiripenna - Our Cover Girl this
week) hoping to reside with a relative.
Ashani is compelled to return to Sri Lanka as her mother is thinking
of contracting a second marriage. Once back she decides to live
on her own. She uses the palatial house inherited from her parents
as a guesthouse naming it ‘Orange Blossom’. She resides
there and manages the business efficiently. Her uncle Amaranath
Dissanayake who is always concerned about her gives his unstinted
support to the project. Meanwhile Thivanka Jayawardena (Janaka Kumbukge)
a regularly visitor at the resort expresses his love to Ashani one
day but Ashani rejects the offer.
Seneviratne (Prageeth Meedeniya) plays the role of an owner of a
flower farm and Nirosha Herath (Sudintha Irrugalbandara) is his
girlfriend. Edward Gunawardena (Colvin Irrugalbandara) is her father
while Manel Jayasena is her mother.
is another character depicted in the miniplay, and he is a frequent
visitor to the ‘Orange Blossom’. Initially the reason
for these visits was his close relationship with Ashani’s
uncle Amaranath Dissanayake who is a writer. Later he too gets interested
in Ashani and expresses his desire to marry her.
young man Madawa Uduwanwela (Palitha Silva) is a manager of a private
bank in Nuwara Eliya and he helps Ashani in her dealings with the
bank. This young man Madawa has fondness for Ashani. Ashani too
likes him and his company. This makes Madawa a regular visitor to
story revolves around the visitors, their hopes and aspiration and
the various conflicts and disputes that arise from these. It is
Ashani and her uncle Amaranath who has to intervene and settle these
numerous incidents and accidents.
Seneviratne, Janaka Kumbukge, Palitha Silva, Kusum Renu, Priyantha
Seneviratne, Senaka Wijesinghe, Nirosha Herath, Gamini Hettiarachchi,
Roshanara Jayampathy, Pramudi Karunaratne and Edward Gunawardena
play the rest of the cast.
Viyana is entirely filmed in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy by the cinematographer
Jayantha Seneviratne and music directed by Nawaratne Gamage.