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Ranmuthu Duwa
Directed by Mike Wilson
Produced by Shesha Palihakkara
Written by Mike Wilson
Starring Gamini Fonseka
Jeewarani Kurukulasooriya
Music by W.D. Amaradeva
Edited by Titus Thotawatte
Distributed by Serendib Productions
Release dates
1962
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

Ranmuthu Duwa (English: Island of Treasures) was the first colour full-length Sinhalese language film to be produced in Sri Lanka in 1962. It was produced by Shesha Palihakkara and directed by Mike Wilson, who also made his debut as a feature director. The film stars some of those who would go on to become big names in the Sinhala Cinema, such as Gamini Fonseka, Joe Abeywickrema and Jeevarani Kurukulasooriya in the leading roles. Playback singing was by Nanda Malini, Narada Disasekara and W.D. Amaradeva. Lyrics were written by Chandrarathne Manawasinghe. It was an instant hit among the audiences and some of its songs are still famous today.

Ran Muthu Duwa was a landmark in the history of the Lankan cinema, which at the time was only 15 years old (having started in 1947).[1] It not only introduced colour to the Lankan movies, but also showed for the first time the underwater wonders of the seas around Ceylon, which had barely begun to be explored.
It was also a commercial success: seen by more than a million people on its first release during 1962-63 - a tenth of the island’s then population.[2] But the cultural influence of the film went well beyond the box office. It starred in the leading roles talented young actors who would soon become big names in Lanka’s film industry,[3] especially Gamini Fonseka and Joe Abeywickrama. It also launched or catapulted the careers of a number of other creative or technical professionals.
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Synopsis[edit]

The film is about the discovery of an underwater treasure. It involves a mixture of ancient legends, human treachery and romance.

Gamini Fonseka

Cast[edit]

  • Austin Abeysekara
  • Joe Abeywickrama
  • Tilakasiri Fernando
  • Gamini Fonseka
  • Shane Gunaratne
  • Jeevarani Kurukulasooriya
  • Vincent Vaas

See also.[edit]

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Asian Tribune
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 10:51:51 -0700

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Asian Tribune
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Stepping off land for under water photography, dived into water to create “Ranmuthu Duwa'; depicting colourful schools of fish dancing to the orchestration of sea weed and plants brought to our eyes without jumping to the waters. First English movie to ...
 
Sunday Times.lk
Sat, 24 Sep 2011 14:02:46 -0700

Earlier, he played not-so-serious roles in 'Ranmuthu Duwa' and 'Getawarayo' along with Gamini Fonseka. Joe was picked for the 'Most Outstanding Performance of the Year' awarded by the Film Critics and Journalists Association for the role he played in ...
 
Asian Tribune
Sat, 07 Jul 2007 15:03:21 -0700

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Sunday Times.lk
Sat, 27 Sep 2008 13:12:15 -0700

This was followed by 'Adata Wediya Heta Hondai', 'Ranmuthu Duwa', 'Getawarayo' and 'Dheevarayo' roles in which Fonseka achieved popularity and became a box-office draw. He proved however that he was not a melodramatic actor singing, dancing and ...
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