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Angulimala (1988 film)

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Directed byBaptist Fernando
Produced bySeven Arts
(Baptist Fernando)
Written byAnanda S. Wijesiri
Screenplay byAnanda S. Wijesiri
Story byAnanda S. Wijesiri
StarringRavindra Randeniya
Malini Fonseka
Sriyani Amarasena
Music bySarath Dasanayake
Edited byS. V. Chandran
Sarasavi Studios
Release date
  • June 3, 1988 (1988-06-03)
CountrySri Lanka

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Angulimala (Sinhalese: අංගුලිමාල) is a 1988 Sri Lankan Sinhala language mythology drama film written and directed by Baptist Fernando. This historical mythology film film depicts the life of Angulimala. The story was adapted from Angulimala Sutta, with dialogues written by Ananda S. Wijesiri. The music director was Sarath Dasanayake


A boy is born to the Purohit (the palace priest) on a stormy, omen-filled night. He has his birth chart read, which indicates that though the child will be well educated, he will be a killer of thousands of people and bring destruction wherever he goes. The child is taken to be blessed by the King and on asking about his horoscope, the Royal Astrologer who has made it, informs the king of the disaster that the child will wreak. The people in the court want the child killed, but the king stops them by saying that you cannot punish someone before the crime has been committed. However, on being reportedly warned by the Jyotish about the correctness of his reading of the child's birth chart, the Raj Guru decides to take the child to his Gurukul for the first twelve years of his life and hone him to be the best student; the Acharya (Brahmin teacher/Guru) will take over to teach him for a further eight years to turn him into the brightest. The King christens the boy Ahinsaka (Non-violent), meaning someone who is peace-loving. After finishing his eight years in basic training, Ahinsaka leaves with the Acharya for the Gurukul where the Acharya's much younger wife Guru Mata (Sriyani Amarasena) also helps in imparting education, archery, athletics and horse riding. Ahinsaka excels in all the arts. Also studying at the Gurukul is Guptasara (Lucky Dias), the Prime Minister's son, who is to marry the king's daughter, and his two friends, Basura (Bandu Samarasinghe) and Krishan (Mahesh Jayasinghe). As Ahinsaka is adept in all fields, the three friends are jealous of him and of the attention Ahinsaka gets at the Gurukul from the Acharya and Guru Mata.

Several years pass and the Acharya is informed that the princess Maya Devi (Malini Fonseka) will be hunting in the nearby forest. Guptasara and his friends fear that Maya's attention will be diverted from Guptasara to Ahinsak. While hunting, the princess comes across Ahinsaka, whom she has liked since childhood when they had met at her eighth birthday. They go to the princess' camp where they meet Maruti, Dhanpal and Krishen who have come from the Gurukul. Guptasara asks the princess to stay away from Ahinsaka as they are to marry, but the princess refuses. When Ahinsaka comes visiting, Guptasara lets loose a caged tiger. Seeing the chaos, Ahinsaka confronts the tiger and fights it bare-handed initially, and then finally kills it with a spear. Maya makes Ahinsaka stay in the camp overnight, while Guptasara and his friends return to the Gurukul and lie to the Acharya about Ahinsaka's reason for staying there. The Acharya is angry with Ahinsaka for having broken one of the rules of the Gurukul by spending the night out and refuses to listen to his explanation. Guptasara further instigates the Acharya by telling him that his wife, Guru Mata, has shown extra interest in Ahinsaka and everyone in the Gurukul is talking about it. After involving him in a further fight, the three friends are happy to see that the Acharya has believed them and is now taunting Ahinsaka about the predictions in his birth chart. It is time for everyone to leave the Gurukul and to attend the function where the students pay obeisance to their Guru. Ahinsaka falls ill and Gurumata tells him to stay till the fever abates. The Acharya sees this and once again misunderstands. He vents out his anger on Ahinsaka and asks him to leave the Gurukul taunting him yet again and telling him to go kill the thousands as written in his destiny. Basura further provokes him by linking him to Gurumata. In a fit of anger Ahinsaka kills Basura. He runs away from there. Acharya now believes that the prediction has come true.

Guptasara informs the king about the murder and that Ahinsaka had an affair with Guru Mata. The King sends soldiers out to catch him. His father disowns him. The Guru Mata tries to drown herself but is saved by one of the disciples of Buddha. Ahinsaka has taken to killing people, his wish being to kill every human being. He cuts off their fingers, making a garland of them and wears it around his neck. He is now called Angulimala (finger garland). The story then follows the murderous Angulimala who eventually comes across Buddha and tries to kill him. The contact with Buddha changes his life forever. He renounces his evil ways and becomes a monk.


  • Ravindra Randeniya - Angulimala (Ahinsaka)
  • Malini Fonseka - Princess Maya Devi
  • Joe Abeywickrama - Acharya
  • Sriyani Amarasena - Gurumata
  • Roy de Silva - Raj Purohit
  • Sumana Amarasinghe - Queen
  • Mervin Jayathunga = King
  • Mahesh Jayasinghe - Krishan
  • Damayanthi Fonseka - Sonali
  • Baptist Fernando - Ahinsaka (Young)
  • Lucky Dias - Guptasara
  • Denawaka Hamine - Old woman
  • M. V. Baalan - Peasant
  • Rathnawali Kekunawela
  • Daya Rathnayake
  • Shammi Fernando
  • Shamila Priyadarshani
  • Mark Samaranayake
  • Lakshman Mallawarachchi
  • Sunil Liyanarachchi
  • Malinda Perera
  • Dharmadasa Kuruppu
  • H. V. G. Karunaratne
  • Jayantha Corray
  • S. A. Nimal
  • J. D. Nimal
  • Rose Fernando
  • Sherley Dandeniya
  • Cyril Ariyapala
  • Asoka Gunasekara
  • V. D. J. A. Appuhami


The film crew consisted of:

  • Production: Seven Arts (Baptist Fernando)
  • Director: Baptist Fernando
  • Story adaption: Angulimaal Sutta
  • Choreography: Padmini Dahanayake
  • Make-up: Ebert Wijesinghe
  • Production Management: U. S. S. Hameed
  • Sound Administration: Leyonel Gunaratne
  • Sound Support: Upali Arampola, D. H. A. Jayamanne, Palitha Perera, Abesinghe Alwis, W. G. Podirathne
  • Still Photography: Linus Caldera
  • Directory: A. D. Ranjith Kumara
  • Camera Support: Anthony Silva, P. K. Piyadasa, H. H. Albert, K. Karunadasa
  • Seamless Film Processing: Dil Studios (Dilmon Jayaratne)
  • Fighting Direction: Sumith Mudannayake and M. A. Silva
  • Art Direction: Deniston Perera
  • Lyrics: Ajantha Ranasinghe, Ananda S. Wijesiri, Saman Chandranath Weerasinghe
  • Music: Sarath Dasanayake


The music was composed by Sarath Dasanayake with lyrics written by Ajantha Ranasinghe, Ananda S. Wijesiri, Saman Chandranath Weerasinghe. The singing was provided by Mohideen Baig, Latha Walpola, Chandrika Siriwardhana, H. R. Jothipala.


# Title Singer
1 Buddhang Saranang Gachchami Mohideen Baig and Group
2 Devinde Karami Ayachana Chandrika Siriwardhana
3 Meedum Wala Mal Yayen Eha H. R. Jothipala and Latha Walpola
'4 Saduwantha Kumarune Eda Latha Walpola

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