Amarasiri Kalansuriya

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Amarasiri Kalansuriya
Born (1940-09-20) September 20, 1940 (age 77)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Other names Kalan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–2009
Spouse(s) Ajantha Thalatha Kumari Ekanayaka
Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor in Presidential Award (1986)
  • Best actor award (1974)

Amarasiri Kalansuriya, popularly known as Kalan (born September 20, 1940), is an award-winning Sri Lankan actor. Kalansuriya made his first film appearance alongside Vijaya Kumaratunga in Hanthana Kathawa. His next film Ahas Gauwa won him a best actor award in 1974.[1][2] He was born in Kandy, and is an alumnus of Dharmaraja College.

Early life[edit]

Amarasiri (Kalan) was born on September 20, 1940 in Sri Lanka to Kalansuriya Francis Appuhami and Bengamuwa Arachchige Podi Hamine. Kalansuriya started his school career with Kiribathkumbura Sri Swarnajothi School and then attended to Dharmaraja College in Kandy. Kalansuriya was thrust into a parent role at the age of 17 when his mother died and he was left to take care of his three brothers. Kalansuriya left the world of film behind, finding work as a casual laborer earning RS 1.75 per day. Kalansuriya began his career life from the Agricultural Department in Mahiyanganaya as a minor worker. After that he worked as a lance corporal in Sri Lankan Air Force for six years. Then worked in Mallika Studio in Mahanuwara and then he worked in Mahanuwara Lion Cafe.[3]

After a quarrel with a boss he vowed to not work under anyone and went off to pursue less strict work. In this pursuit he saved up Rs. 300 and started a small business selling clothes in Kegalle and Peradeniya. Successful he moved up into tailoring and owned two tailor shops. Here he got the chance to make clothes for the army and rub shoulders with rising political figures like Lalith Athulathmudali.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Kalansuriya accepted an invitation from H. D. Premaratne to star in the film Apeksha in 1978. His second film after the hiatus, Parithyagaya, won him more awards from OCIC and Sarasaviya.[1] He won Best Supporting Actor for Puja in Presidential Award in 1986. Kalanasuriya had a leading role in the first television serial made in Sri Lanka, Dimuthu Muthu directed by D. B. Nihalsinghe. After another hiatus, Kalansuriya returned to film with Shilpa Denumena in 2001.Directed by Rodney Widanapathirana[1]

Personal life[edit]

Amarasiri Kalansuriya and Ajantha Thalatha Kumari Ekanayaka get married in December 18 ' 1971. And this couple have three children, Duminda, Madumathi, Vindya.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1969 Reyath Dawalath
1969 Hanthane Kathawa
1970 Akkara Paha
1970 Nim Walalla
1974 Ahas Gauwa
1975 Tharanga
1978 Apeksha Nimal
1978 Anupama
1978 Bambaru Avith Sanath
1979 Podi Malli Berty
1980 Kanchana Lal
1980 Parithyagaya Dhanaprema
1980 Sinhabahu Sinhabahu
1981 Vajira Nimal
1981 Sagarayak Meda
1982 Pradeepaa
1982 Yasa Isuru Suranga
1982 Sakvithi Suvaya
1983 Samanala Sihina
1984 Welle Thenu Maliga
1985 Rajina
1985 Doringe Sayanaya
1986 Puja
1986 Mal Varusa Deesal
1987 Podi Vijey
1990 Pem Raja Dahana Sargent Jayathilaka
1991 Dolosmahe Pahana
1994 150 Mulleriyawa
1994 Ambu Samiyo
1994 Ahas Maliga
2004 Diya Yata Gindara Jayakody
2009 Rosa Mal Sayanaya
2014 Que Sera
2017 Hima Tharaka

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Kalang: Odd yet brilliant actor". Sunday Times. 2001. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1499505/
  3. ^ "He is Kalan - දුක දිනූ දිවියක අමරණීය සැමරුම් සමඟ කලං..." Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Amarasiri Kalansuriya -". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 

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