Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This Sri Lankan moral tale is most notable for its beautiful photography of the lush countryside. Told in a series of flashbacks, it examines the life of Sagara who in middle-age became a guru. As a child Sagara was abused emotionally and physically by his alcoholic stepfather. At that time, he had a crush on the beautiful orphan Kumari who came to visit his rural village before she was shuffled off to a major city. He never forgot her, and as a young man he sets off to find her. During an attempted mugging, Sagara is saved by an earnest journalist. Together they find Kumari who seems to have become a hooker. Her pimp involves Sagara in a series of crimes ranging from simple pilfering to murder. When the politically conscientious journalist is also about to assassinate someone, it is up to Sagara to save him while simultaneously saving his beloved Kumari from further moral degradation.
assassination, damsel-in-distress, flashback, guru, journalism, killing, orphan, physical-abuse, prostitute/prostitution, psychological-abuse, rescue