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Suwisal is not sure if Piyum recognizes him. She says nothing. He is advised to remain in the jury and he votes with the majority to find her guilty as charged. She is sentenced to ten years imprisonment. But we see that it is Suwisal who has been sentenced to a lifetime of guilt. Remorse and despair. He now feels he should share some responsibility for the life Piyum was forced to lead. He tries to lodge an appeal on her behalf but he is advised about the consequences if his past becomes public knowledge. Suwisal gets angry. Nobody seems to understand his need to rectify the wrongdoing of twenty five years ago. He has to rectify his conscience because he can never change what he did.
Suwisal persists, he visits Piyum in prison and offers her help. Did Piyum recognize him at the trial? Does she accept his help? Is Suwisal released from his lifetime of torment? We are given the answer in the few frames of the film.
Film on Tamil-Sinhala unity is a big hit in Lanka
"A Sri Lankan medical technician's debut film on Tamil-Sinhala unity in the time of war is breaking box office records in the civil war-torn country.
'Saroja' by Somaratne Dissanayake, who gave up a lucrative job in Australia to enter film-making, is running to packed movie halls since its release in early March this year.
The subject has touched a chord with the war-weary Sri Lankans so much that cinemas are arranging special shows early mornings to accommodate the rush.
"The two little girls (a Sinhalese and a Tamil playing the lead roles) have overnight become celebrities," says Dissanayake, who sold his house in Australia to finance the film.
The film, which received applause at the ongoing 2nd Cinemaya Asian Film Festival here, tells the story of a Tamil Tiger and his six-year-old daughter being taken care of by a Sinhalese family during the conflict against much opposition.
The film, one of the high budget films made in Lanka at (Indian) Rs 60 lakh, fulfils the director's belief that "there are kind-hearted people in both the communities".
"This is how people want to live", says Dissanayake, who received unprecedented support from the nation's film community to bring out the film. Four well known and international award-winning actors have acted in the film without accepting any fee.
It took only seven months for Dissanayake to complete the film which has two non-professional actors in the lead roles of the two girls. "
Sri Lankan child stars win an international award
'Saroja' has already won seven international awards.
In the 7th Festival des cinémas d'Asie, which took place in France from 6th to 13th February 2001, 45 films were presented from the Near East to the Far East.