Piyal (Henry Jayasena) is a handsome young teacher who is hired to teach English to Nanda (Punya Heendeniya), a member of a high class family. They fall in love, but can’t elope because Piyal is of a lower class. Nanda’s parents instead push her into a marriage with Jinadasa (Gamini Fonseka), who is of the same class as them. With economic downturn in Sri Lanka, both families lose their status and Jinadasa leaves to try to make a better life for himself; he never achieves his goal and dies penniless. Piyal and Nanda can now finally come together. They have changed however, and the earlier idylic nature of their relationship is not recaptured. —wikipedia
Over the past few decades, Lester James Peries has almost single-handedly pioneered the establishment and development of a truly national Sri Lankan cinema. His work predominantly revolves around the Sri Lankan family and village life with contrasting Western influences. It is said, “His is the cinema of simple contrasts, subtle shades of feelings and emotions -in short, lives which reflect larger conflicts being played just out of view.”
To have survived five decades in the Sri Lankan film industry as Lester has done, is a feat in itself. He belongs to the first generation of film directors – the Wimalaweera and Jayamanne era. He has sustained fierce criticisms and controversy over the years, particularly about how he, as an anglicized middle class Roman Catholic, could make Sinhala films.
Lester explains that he had to readjust his entire sensibility to a culture he had lost in order to make films about life in the Sri… read more
people couldnt pick whose family they want to be born in. People change, situation change, their economic condition change, and still humans are the ones who r responsible for their faults. Hidden gem indeed.