Award winning teledrama director, Shirley P. Dilankawala’s latest teleplay ‘Thunmanthenna’, is a story surrounding a mysterious murder of a businessman and it is no being telecast on Swarnavahini at 9 pm on every Saturdays.
Set in the hill country Nuwara Eliya, the story of this latest teleplay unravels the mysterious murder of Mr. and Mrs. Mannapperuma, the parents of young Thara. After their death, the only daughter is asked to take on the business of running a farm but she faces many obstacles. The biggest challenge she receives is from one of the senior supervisors of her father’s business. This is due to the secret relating to the inheritance of the property by Mannapperuma from a European.
Thara is in love with Basilu, a young graduate whose father also served in the farm but was sacked by Mannapperuma due to his son’s relationship with his daughter. The teleplay takes many interesting twists and turns as it unravels many dramatic incidents.
‘Thunmanthenna’ is played by Roshan Ravindra, Chamupa Godage, Niroshan Wijesinghe, Pavithra Wickremasinghe, Lucian Bulathsinghala, Richard Weerakkody, Ranil Kulasinghe, Samantha Kumara Gamage, Priyantha Sirikumara, Chalani Costa, Neveille Herbert and Sujatha Paramanadhan.
Produced by H. R. I. Sarathchandram, the teledrama is scripted by Samantha Kumara Gamage, edited by Priyantha Guruge, make-up by Priyantha S. Wanninayake, and art direction by Manoj Wickramasinghe.
Shirley who entered theteledrama scene as an assistant director, began his directing career with ‘Chathurya’which won him the Most Popular teledrama award in 2003. This followed ‘Olu’ which won him the same award at Sumathi and SLIM Nelson awards in 2004. He continued make several teleplays including, ‘Degammediyawa’, ‘Poojasanaye’, ‘Sathkulu Pawwa’and‘Handawa’which won him the Best Director award at the State Tele Awards and Jury Special award at Sumathi Tele award in 2009.