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Golu Hadawatha
Directed by Lester James Peiris
Produced by P. E. E. Anthonypillai
Written by Reggie Siriwardena
Karunasena Jayalath (book)
Starring Wickrema Bogoda
Anula Karunathilake
Music by Premasiri Khemadasa
Cinematography M.S. Anandan
Editing by Sumitra Gunawardena
Edwin Leetin
Release date(s) 1969
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

Golu Hadawatha (Translation: Mute Heart) was a popular 1969 Sinhalese language romance film directed by maestro Lester James Peiris. The film stars Wickrema Bogoda and Anula Karunathilake in the lead roles. Based on a novel by Karunasena Jayalath, its screenplay was written by Regi Siriwardena. Music was by Premasiri Khemadasa. The film is far in advance of its time and shows the touch of a master in the cinematography. The first half of the film depicts the story though the eyes of Sugath and the next half the audience see the story through the eyes of Dammi. The film departs from the normal recipe of Hero, heroine, villain, joker, songs, fights etc and was regarded as one of the land marks in Sri Lankan Cinema.

Indrani Wijebandara and Sisira Senaratne duo sang a duet "Aadarei mama Aadarei - Dhammi thavamath aadarei, Sugath thavamath aadarei", in which, the words were composed by Karunasena Jayalath, became quite a popular radio song after the movie but was not sung for the film, and not in it.

It was awarded the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress of the year at the prestigious Sarasaviya Awards Festival. The film, which depicts the love affair between two school going teenagers, created a sensation among Sri Lankan film lovers, both young and old, and is considered a landmark in the history of Sri Lankan cinema[1].



Damayanthi Kariyawasam (Dhammi) (Anula Karunathilake) is a mischievous school girl. Sugath Weerasekara (Wickrema Bogoda) is a shy and introverted boy who is new to Dhammi's school. He is quiet and gifted at schoolwrok. Dhammi is immediately attracted to him and they become friends. The friendship eventually develops in to a special relationship.

Sugath, who has lost his parents when he was very young, has a brother who is attending university. He tells his brother, Sarath (Wijeratne Warakagoda) about his relationship with Dhammi.

On the day of the final exam, Dhammi tells Sugath that she only loved Sugath as a brother and not to keep any further hopes about her.

Sugath is heartbroken and comes home to meet Sarath. In the meantime, he pases his exams with flying colors and Sarath marries Champa (Sriyani Amarasena), who is willing to accept Sugath as her own brother.

But Sugath is unable to forget Dhammi, and keeps thinking about her and begins to drink heavily to alleviate his pain. He also loses his job as a teacher and leaves the home he shares with his brother's family.

One day, Dhammi comes to meet Sugath and reveals the secret for her sudden change. She states that her family arranged her marriage to her cousin, Nihal, many years ago when Dhammi was very young. She tells Sugath that she loved him despite knowing that she would never have the chance to become his wife. She begs for forgiveness from him for playing with his feelings and asks him to change for her sake, and to return home.



Actor Role
Wickrema Bogoda Sugath Weerasekera
Anula Karunatileke Damayanthi
Wijeratne Warakagoda Sarath
Sriyani Amarasena Champa

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