|Dayaratne Ratagedara’s maiden movie Nildiya Yahana is aptly called ‘The Deep Blue Sleep’ for its modern touch on the local Romeo-Juliet legend.
The talented young Saranga Dissasekara, who had made an impact on teledrama viewers, enters the reel along side the energetic Chathurika Peries who had transformed her role of the outspoken girl into the modest, yet charming character of Shehara. Her real life beau, Roshan Pilapitiya, has taken up the backseat role of her villainous brother which he portrays to effect.
The film relates the moving love story of two teenagers, Shanuka and Shehara. It unfolds with a scene where Shanuka sends a text message to his ladylove. This scene with a modern backdrop brings in fresh emotions to viewers who are drained of the bygone era of romancing around trees.
The romance is fuelled through correspondence over mobile telephones and the Internet, a welcome shift from the traditional love story projected on reel.
As usual, the star-crossed lovers do not have a carefree path to tread. They come across many hurdles on their route. Shehara is the daughter of a business magnate, Jayawardana, who is well-armoured with underworld mafia. Shanuka’s father, Mayadunne, is an outspoken media personality who risks his life to unmask Jayawardana’s black dealings, a sufficient basis for both parties to be arch rivals.
Reviewed by Sachitra Mahendra and Ruwini Jayawardana