Kamal Addararachchi

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Kamal Addararachchi
Born (1962-02-05) February 5, 1962 (age 52)
Sri Lanka
Years active 1977–Present
Spouse(s)

Anurani Addararachchi

Kamal Addararachchi at the Internet Movie Database
Awards Sarasaviya Best Actor Award (2002)

Kamal Addararachchi (born Addararachchige Gunendra Kamal on February 5, 1962)[1][2] is an award-winning Sri Lankan film and teledrama actor, singer and presenter. He made his debut as an actor in Gamini Fonseka's 1981 film Sagarayak Meda, when he was a still a student at school. Since the late 1970s, he has appeared in a variety of roles in many films and teledramas. Addararachchi, who has acted in over 40 films, 20 teledramas and 6 stage plays up to now,[3] won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award for his role of Sobana in Agnidahaya in 2002.

He also made a mark as a singer in 1993 with "Unmadawoo," a duet between him and Damayanthi Jayasooriya featured in the film, "Saptha Kanya." He is also the host of the Sirasa Superstar contest - a reality show.

Background[edit]

Addararachchige Gunendra Kamal, who was born to a family of gem merchants, had his entire education at Wesley College, Colombo.

He showed an initial interest in artistic work, and this prompted him to do music, sinhala literature, Kandyan Dancing and debating, all at the same time. He even worked as the secretary of the 'Sinhala Literary Society' at school.[4]

He is married to Anurani Addararachchi and has one son.

Career[edit]

Addararachchi, who broke into the silver screen with Gamini Fonseka's Sagarayak Meda rose to immense popularity with hits such as Saptha Kanya. He is noted for his performances in films such as Saptha Kanya by late H.D. Premaratne, Agnidahaya by Jayantha Chandrasiri and teldramas like Hiruta Muvaven by Herbert Ranjith Peiris, Rathu Rosa by Ranjan De Silva, and Weda Hamine and Dandubasna Maanaya by Jayantha Chandrasiri.

His performance on the mini screen for Dandubasna Maanaya was twice rewarded at the inaugural Sumathi Tele Awards ceremony in 1995, when he picked up, both, the award for the Best Supporting Actor as well as the Most Popular Actor Award that year.Kamal consider Dinal Samaranake a leading planter as his mentor who was always prepared to offer valuable advice for himself especially when his spirits are down.Kamal was arguably the best actor among the younger generation.

In July 2012, He is appearing his 1st Music Video (Not a movie song),with Mahendra Perera and with Dayan Vitharana, Song : Hithagaawa - by Tilan Fernando Directed by Prasanna Andradi.Music Video released in 1st week of December 2012

Controversy[edit]

Controversy has surrounded Addararachchi over the years ranging from accusations of rape to murder.

In 1997 he was accused of the abduction and rape of a young girl.[5] He was briefly jailed, but freed on appeal. In 2002, Addararachchi was again accused and convicted of imprisoning and raping a teenage girl. He was sentenced to ten years in jail by a High Court judge; this decision was also overruled.

Ramani Bartholomeusz, an actress and contestant of the miss universe pageant was murdered on June 30 in 1987 at the age of 21. She was in a relationship with actor Kamal Addararachchi at the time. The circumstances were suspicious enough that Addararachchi was charged with her murder, although he was acquitted of the crime.

In July 2012, Police undercover unit seized a brothel in Narahenpita and arrested few Thai women. It was reported that Kamal Addararachchi was present at the premises when the raid was conducted. Police said the actor had fled the location and they were now searching for him. [6] Later, Addararachchi rejected the accusation as sheer mud-slinging.[7]

Awards[edit]

1995 - Sumathi Best Supporting Actor Award
1995 - Sumathi Most Popular Actor Award
2002 - Sarasaviya Best Actor Award

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