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The Treasure (1973)
"Nidhanaya" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  October 1973 (USA)
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This dark, brooding Sri Lankan classic chronicles the tale of Willie Abeynayake (Gamini Fonseka) and his effort to uncover a treasure, which can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
K.L. Coranelis Appuhamy
Kumarasinghe Appuhamy
Saman Bokalawala
Thilakasari Fernando
Gamini Fonseka ...
Willie Abeynayake
Malini Fonseka ...
Mapa Gunaratne
J.B.L. Gunasekara
Thalatha Gunasekara
Trelicia Gunawardena
Shanti Lekha
Francis Perera


This dark, brooding Sri Lankan classic chronicles the tale of Willie Abeynayake (Gamini Fonseka) and his effort to uncover a treasure, which can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin girl with four birthmarks. Willie finds his girl, but in a twist of events he falls in love with her. But after losing his job, ensuing economic complications force him to reconsider sacrificing her for the treasure. Written by Thivanka Rukshan Perera

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The Best Film in the SriLankan Cinematic History
1 February 2006 | by (Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

Lester's "Nidhanaya " expanded the horizons of the Sri Lankan Cinema. Nidhanaya is a short story written by veteran G.B. Senanyake appearing in the book titled The Revenge. The Veteran Sinhalese script-writer Mr. Tissa Abeysekara must be credited for the unmatched script he has written for this irrespective of the shortcomings of the main source of G.B. Senanayake. "Shadow Shooting "was introduced to Sri Lankan Cinema by Nidhanaya. Gamini Fonseka's immense potential as an actor is depicted in this film. Nidhanaya is among the best 100 films among the world in accordance with an impartial survey done in year 2000. There are certain changes made by Tissa Abeysekara to the original source . In the Novel Villie Abeynaike ( Gamini Fonseka) meets the girl ( Malani Fonseka ) at a Railway Station. Whereas , in the film he meets the girl at the river's edge. Lester Peiris uses some unique symbols in the film such as the noise made by the peacock . Malani Fonseka's role here is regarded as an under play by film critics.Music in this film composed by famous music maestro Premasiri Khemadasa . He uses "Yak Beraya"( Devil drum) in certain stages in the film . Obeysekara mansion in Rajagiriya was used by Lester as Villie Abeynaike's house. It is disclosed that Villie has done an incantation to do away with his elder brother . Finally , Nidhanaya ( The Treasure) which was sought by Villie Abeynaike was the girl that he slaughters . Devaka S. Jayasuriya 90, Old Kesbawa Road Nugegoda Sri Lanka

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