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“Nidhanaya” (The Treasure) is a Sri Lankan drama film directed by . The film tells the story of Willie Abeynayake, a poor schoolteacher, who goes on a fishing trip with his friend and comes across a treasure. The discovery of the treasure leads to a series of events that change Willie's life and expose the greed and corruption of those around him.

“Nidhanaya” is an adaptation of a short story by Martin Wickramasinghe and is set in the 1950s, a time of transition for Sri Lanka, which was still recovering from the effects of colonialism. The film explores themes of colonialism, class struggle, and human greed through its characters and their actions.

“Nidhanaya” received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of life in Sri Lanka, its social commentary, and the performances of its cast. It was also recognized at several international film festivals, including the Manila International Film Festival, where it won the Best Film award, and the London Film Festival, where it was screened in the “Films of ” retrospective.

Overall, “Nidhanaya” is regarded as a landmark film in Sri Lankan cinema and has had a significant impact on the country's film industry. The film is considered a classic and is regularly studied and analyzed by scholars and filmmakers. It is also widely regarded as one of the best films ever made in Sri Lanka.

Directed by
Produced by R Anthonypillai
Written by G. B. Senanayake
Screenplay by Tissa Abeysekara
Starring ,
Music by Premasiri Kemadasa
Cinematography M. S. Ananda
Edited by
Edvin Leetin
Gladvin Fernando
Release date 19 February 1972
Running time 108 minutes
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

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