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‘Sithaka Mahima’: Salutes war heroes

The newest teledrama on Rupavahini, 'Sithaka Mahima' directed by Thisula Deepa Thambavita based on a true story pays tribute to war heroes and their family members.

Story and screenplay written by G. R. Perera, the teleplay is being telecast every Tuesday at 8.30 pm. It is played by Dhananjaya Siriwardena, Udayanthi Kulatunga, G. R. Perera, Nilanthi Wijesinghe, Jagath Benaragama, Yamuna Erandathi, Piyumi Botheju, Miyuri Samarasinghe, Nethali Nanayakkara, Chandrasoma Binduhewa and K. A. Piyakaru in the stellar cast.

Set in a coastal village in down south where most of the families depend on choir industry, Sujatha and her cousin Sumanasiri are two young lovers. Having sat for the GCE Advanced Level examination, both are waiting to enter University education.

Sumanasiri gets through to the University but Sujatha misses it by one mark. Sumanasiri encourages her to repeat the exam and with the aim to enter the university in the following year with Sujatha he finds a job.

However Sujatha with her classmate Thamara join a garment factory run by a businessman Silva and his wife Dalsy. Suranjan, their son is a playful young man and he meets with an accident.

Though hired as an ordinary garment factory worker, having come to know about Sujatha's educational background, Sujatha is offered to handle the accounts in the factory. But Dalsy is against this move.

In the meantime, Sumanasiri worries about Sujatha getting into a job instead of continuing her education. And on Sujatha's request he joins the university but soon he is faced with numerous obstacles that hinder his education. Sumanasiri's mother gets ill and he too comes down in his first examination. Discouraged by the developments he decides to give up education and finds a job in Colombo. He leaves the village telling Sujatha and others that he found a job at the harbour. But in reality he joins the army as a 2nd Lieutenant.

In the meantime Sujatha helps Silva to develop the garment factory and on her advice he starts several other factories. Impressed by Sujatha's work Silva supports her and her friend Thamara to start their education.

At this stage Silva's son Suranjan too gets interested in Sujatha but this was strongly opposed by his mother. Worried about the huge wealth inherited by Suranjan, Dalsy proposes her niece Inoka to her son. When Sujatha does not reciprocate Suranjan's love, he gets addicted to alcohol.

Meanwhile Sumanasiri's mother gets ill and she has to undergo a kidney transplant. Sujatha who looks after Sumanasiri's mother donates one of her kidneys.

By this time Sujatha has become a leading figure in the garment industry. And it was at this time she gets the news that Sumanasiri has disappeared during an operation. Sujatha taking a long leave from all her work sets out to find her fiancé. It takes a long time for Sujatha to return and her return would add many changes to her and others around her. And 'Sithaka Mahima' with anonymous names salutes the bravery and dedication of many others like Sumanasiri and Sujatha.

Produced by Florida Ratnayake, Asun Malwatte edited the miniplay while Nishane Peiris handled the art direction and Manoj Laksiri was in charge of the makeup. Anthony Surendra directed the music to which Indika Upamali did the playback singing.

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