Ran Salu

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Ran Salu
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Punya Heendeniya in a sequence from the film
Directed by Lester James Peries
Produced by Upasena Marasinghe
L. M. Simon
Written by P. K. D. Seneviratne
Starring Tony Ranasinghe
Punya Heendeniya
Anula Karunatilleke
Music by W.D. Amaradeva
Edited by Sumitra Gunawardana
Distributed by Chameekara Films
Release dates
Running time
106 min
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala
Budget Approx. 200,000 rupees

Ran Salu (In Sinhala: The Yellow Robe) is a 1967 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film follows the parallel paths of Sujatha (Punya Heendeniya) and Sarojini Perera (Anula Karunatilleke).

P.K.D. Seneviratne wrote the screenplay dealing with Buddhism. It was the second most successful of Peries' first seven films behind Sandesaya. Despite the popularity, Philip Cooray found the film overly emotional and too plotted. It however won a Gandhi Award at Delhi in 1969 and was bought for Irish TV.


Cyril (Tony Ranasinghe) is dissatisfied with his introverted fiancee Sujatha (Punya Heendeniya). He starts a relationship with the more out-going Sarojini (Anula Karunatilleke) and gets her pregnant. Sujatha meanwhile is fascinated by a wandering Buddhist monk.

Due to the pregnancy, Cyril breaks off the engagement having no intention to marry Sarojini. Till the birth of the child he supports her and then leaves her for an older rich woman. Sarojini is distraught and contemplates suicide. Sujatha by this time is planning to become a nun.

Sujatha takes in Sarojini. By the conclusion, they have switched roles with Sarojini becoming a nun and Sujatha becoming infatuated with a young man.


Actor Role
Tony Ranasinghe Cyril
Punya Heendeniya Sujatha
Anula Karunatilleke Sarojini Perera
Dayananda Gunawardena Friend
J. B. L. Gunasekera Sujatha's father
Iranganie Serasinghe Sujatha's mother
Shanthi Lekha Sarojini's mother
Sujatha Paramanathan Cyril's second fiancee
Subashini Athukorala " "
D. R. Nanayakkara Elias


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