Dunne’: New tele tackles the drug issue
By Susitha R. Fernando
Production work on Rathanasiri Paranavithana’s
teleplay ‘Maya Dunne’ has been completed and it is now
ready to be telecast. The story revolves around the drug abuse issue
and its relevant themes concerning the law.
Paranavithana has earlier directed ‘Ridi Potu’, Tharu
Pahana, Ksathriya Mayam consecutively and Maydunne will be his fourth
Paranavithana who graduated at the Colombo University had the privilege
of being a student of Dr. Ediriweera Sarathchandra, the eminent
dramatist and playwright. Paranavithana also has many credits as
a scriptwriter. Passing out from the university his first job was
at the Planning Ministry as a Development Assistant. Yet he was
unable to continue in the field due to political reasons and in
1972 had to find an alternative.
to use the full use of his talent and also seeking to get ample
job satisfaction he entered the field of drama and arts. His first
venture as a script writer was ‘Kusapabawathi’ the stage
play produced by Wijaya Nandasiri and he went on to write three
more scripts “Vushabha Raja” (Bowine King), Haratha
Rejina (Queen of Hearts) and ‘Edipada Enkura’ based
on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. These were joint productions
and the artistes were mostly amateurs.
the teledrama field in 1994 Rathnasiri Paranavithana used his talent
seeking to give a new approach to the field. His latest film Mayadunne
subtitled has dialogues in English as well as Sinhala. This conforms
with the latest trend where there is scope for a majority of the
audience to view and enjoy.
cast of this twenty two episode teledrama includes Indika Ginige,
Sachini Eyendra Stanley, Grace Ariyawimal, Jagath Beneragama, Lukhman
Mendis, Sunil Premakumara, Hansamala Janaki, Rohitha Mannage, Dilani
Neranjana, Gayana Jayawardena, Nirosha Henadirige, Niroshani Geethanjali,
Vinoth Sanjeewa, Isuri Navoda and several amateur artistes.
technical crew is made up of Henry Premaratne, art director Donald
Mapalagama and Neil Ravindra. Mayadunne is filmed by Gamini Fernando
and the music direction is handled by Sarath Wickrema.