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'Sakura Mal' blooms

'Sakura Mal', a Japan-Sri Lanka co-production discussing the value of Buddhist philosophy and how it has a bearing on one's life is being telecast at 9.30 pm every Wednesday from October 29 on Rupavahini.

Directed by veteran actress Sriyani Amerasena, the miniplay also highlights granting of sight to the needy through cornea grafting, the generous act for which Sri Lanka is famous worldwide.

Produced by Sanjeewa Gunaratne and Sriyani herself, ‘Sakura Mal’ is played by Jagath Chamila, Dhananjaya Siriwardena, Vijith Vithana, Sanjeewa Gunaratne, Chathurika Peiries, Nadeesha Hemamalee, Pumi Shanika Botheju, Gunawardena Hettiarachchi, Buddhika Lokuketiya and Ven. Banagala Upatissa thero.

Aravinda Welgama is a professor in Buddhist philosophy in Japan and he has lived there with his wife for a long time. Their only son Tharaka who completes his education in a university in Sri Lanka goes to Japan to join his parents. As he gets off from the airport he meets Noriko, a Sri Lankan girl brought up in Japan. Noriko's boyfriend is Komol. And she who meets Tharaka on another occasion gets interested in him. But for Tharaka she is only a friend. While living in Japan, Tharaka meets Nathasha at a temple in Japan and they become lovers. But Tharaka's mother is against this affair as Nathasha has no parents and lives as a refugee in Japan.

In the meantime Ramesh, another young man who works at a medical laboratory in Japan, gets interested in Noriko and tries to win her heart. But Norika ignores him and Ramesh thinks that his obstacle is Tharaka.

In the meantime Komol leaves Noriko and goes to a distant place, leaving all his businesses.
One day Ramesh takes Tharaka into his laboratory and makes a plot with one of his assistants to make Tharaka blind. Ramesh makes others to know that it happened as a mistake at the laboratory.
The doctors who examine Tharaka tell that he could regain his sight with cornea grafting done in Japan. And Tharaka's family decides to return to Sri Lanka in search of a donor of cornea. In the meantime Tharaka loses contact with Natasha who tells him that he goes to his sister Manasha who lives away from the town.

Tharaka manages to regain his sight with the cornea grafting but he does not know who donated cornea. Having regained sight Tharaka goes in search of Natasha but he learns from Manasha that Natasha had gone missing.

In his search for Natasha, Tharaka meets with many a dramatic turn and twists. The technical team of Sakura Mal include Saman Sigera as cameraman, Thilak Kudahetti and Sunanda Silva as screenplay writers and Sarath Wickrema as the music director.

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