Thun Man Handiya

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Thun Man Handiya
DVD Cover for the movie "Thunmanhandiya".jpg
DVD Cover for the film
Directed by Mahagama Sekera
Produced by Chitra Balasooriya
Written by Mahagama Sekera
Starring Joe Abeywickrema
Karunarathna Ranasinghe
Music by W. D. Amaradeva
Edited by Dillimuni Jayathissa
Release dates
1970
Running time
93 mins
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

Thun Man Handiya (Sinhala, Three Way Junction) is a 1970 dramatic film made by Sri Lankan artist Mahagama Sekera.[1] It is autobiographical and recounts Sekera's childhood though the character of Sirisena.

Plot[edit]

The film is set in a small village and follows progression in painter Abilin's (Joe Abeywickrema) life through the eyes of his nephew Sirisena (Kumara Balasooriya, Karunarathna Ranasinghe). Abilin is an alcoholic and drifts through his life in debt and without focus. After getting into arguments with other villagers and his own brother (Dharmadasa Kuruppu), Abilin decides to take a job with a rich landowner (A. P. Gunarathna).

Sirisena then goes to art college inspired by his uncle. He develops his art skill there and dreams of showing his talent to Abilin. Abilin's situation, however, deteriorates due to alcoholism, juxtaposing serenely with Sirisena's foray into art in the city.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Joe Abeywickrema Abilin
Kumara Balasooriya Sirisena - adolescent
Karunarathna Ranasinghe Sirena - teenager
Shanthi Lekha Mother
Dharmadasa Kuruppu Uncle (Podi Mamma)
Denawaka Hamine Grandmother
D. A. Balsooriya Father
A. P. Gunarathna Ralahami
Gemunu Wijesuriya Aisey
Somasiri Dehipitiya Jamis
D. S. Karunarathna Varliyanu
Srimath B. Lekamge Doctor
Chandra Kaluarchchi Sophie
Chandrapala Wijesooriya Podi Mahaththaya
Soma Bopitiya Hamine
Geethani Wickramasinghe Sudi Manike
Sunil Jayaweera The Art Teacher
Karunarathna Ranawaka Napo Singno
Dharmasena Athukorala Jayasinghe Teacher
Wijerathna Warakagoda Singer/Actor

Music[edit]

W. D. Amaradeva composed the music for the film and sang the song "Atheethayen Ganga." Wijerathna Warakagoda sings "Yannem Dakna Se Ma." Both were written by Mahagama Sekera with music by Amaradeva.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • OCIC awards for Best Film - 1970
  • Named one of the Best Sri Lankan Film of the first 50 years by a Presidential council

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