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 date
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.


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.


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
Wijeratne Warakagoda Singer/Actor


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]

1971 - The Most Promising Director - The Awards Festival of the Film Critics and Journalists of Ceylon in 1970 - 1971. Awarded to Director, Mahagama Sekera.

1972 - Diploma Certificate - Symposium of Young Cinamatographers of Africa, Asia, and Latin America at the 17th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. Awarded to Director, Mahagama Sekera.

1972 - Diploma Certificate - Committee for Afro-Asian Solidarity of the USSR, The Tashkent International Film Festival. Awarded to Director, Mahagama Sekera.

1980 - Mahagama Sekera was awarded for the Most Outstanding Film Creation of the Decade of 1970 at the OCIC [Office Catholique Internationale du Cinema] Salutation Festival held in 1980.

1997 - Mahagama Sekera was awarded the Golden Jubilee Award from the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Thung Mang Handiya was rated among the ten best cinematic creations of the Sri Lankan Cinema.