Anarkali Akarsha

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Anarkali Aakarsha
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Anarkalli Janina Jayatilaka Aakarssha

(1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 32)
OccupationActress, model, politician
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Dishan Jayasinha
AwardsSarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award (2004), Presidential Award for performance in Anjalika (2005) Derena LUX Film award most popular actress (2012) & Miss Sri Lanka (2004)

Anarkali Akarsha (Sinhala: අනර්කලී ආකර්ෂා;born 12 July 1987,as Anarkali Janina Jayatilaka) is a Sri Lankan Film actress, model, singer, TV Host and a politician.[1] She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka 2004 and represented Sri Lanka at the Miss World 2004 beauty pageant. She has worked as a brand ambassador & a fundraiser.[2] She attended Colombo International School.

Film career[edit]

Her first public opportunity to act came when Somaratne Dissanayake and Renuka Balasuriya, who directed and produced the teledrama Iti Pahan in 1995, were in search of a little girl who was fluent in English. In the drama, she performed the role of "Daisy Susan" beside renowned actress Vasanthi Chathurani.[3]

After a nearly seven-year hiatus, she returned to acting in 2003 when, at 15, she was cast in a lead role in Pissu Trible.[4] Subsequently, she performed in several successful movies, and received acclaim in teledrama performances with her roles as "Inoka" in Sihinayak Paata Paatin and 'Tanya' in Santhuwaranaya.[5]

She is the youngest actress to date in the history of Sri Lankan Cinema to win the most popular actress award.[6] She has acted as the leading lady in more than 22 movies and 10 teledramas. She also works as a model, brand ambassador and a presenter.[7]

She has appeared in many music videos. Some of her famous music videos are "Meedum selen" by Bathiya and Santhush, "Jeththu none" by Dushanth Weeraman and "Siththamak wage" by Yashan.[citation needed]

Anarkalli also won the glamorous Lux Derana Film Most Popular Actress Award for 2012.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Anarkalli contested for the Galle District at the 2009 Southern Provincial Council Election,[8] and on 29 October 2009, she was elected to the Southern Province Council.[citation needed] She is the youngest female councillor to date, and the sole female member on the Council.[citation needed]

Career as a host[edit]

Anarkalli hosted her own TV show 'Anarkali Live' on TV Dearana.[9] She also hosted Derana Music Awards 2010.[citation needed] She is currently hosting her own talk show LIVE Sunday with Anarkalli on Swarnavahini.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Pissu Trible Nisansala first movie
2003 Eka Malaka Pethi Taniya
2003 One Shot Sherry
2005 Hiri Poda Wessa Veena
2006 Anjalika Kavya
2006 Nilambare Sherine
2007 Sonduru Wasanthe Anju
2007 Mr Dana Rina
2008 Tharaka Mal Suranya
2009 Sikuru Hathe
2009 Sir Last Chance Arti's fiancée
2010 Mago Digo Dai Rosy
2011 King Hunther Moreen
2011 Ethumai Methumai Teena
2011 It's a Matter of Love Natasha [10]
2013 Sihina Lowak Main actress
2015 Sanjana Sanjana
2016 July 7 Anarkali
2019 Sikuru Yogaya [11]


Year Film Role Other notes
1995 Iti Pahan Daisy Susan
2004 Sihinayak Paata Paatin Inoka
Sapphire and Silk Tanya
Isi Dasuna
2005 Arunodaya Kalapaya
2006 Santhuwaranaya[12] Tanya
2007 Kula Kumariya Suwimali
2009 Sanda Sakki
2010 Ran Thaliya Walauwa Dosatara nona


  1. ^ "Anarkalli Aakarsha". National Film Corporation Of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Anarkalli in 'Iti Pahan'". Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Anarkalli Aakarsha in 'Sihinayak Pata Patin'". 25 January 2004. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  5. ^ Anarkalli in 'Santhuwaranaya' Archived 23 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Anarkalli – Brand Ambassador for Veet Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Anarkalli for Southern Provincial Council Elections". 25 August 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ "'ඉට්ස් අ මැටර් ඔෆ් ලව්'". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Sikuru Yogaya coming tomorrow". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  12. ^ "'Santhuwaranaya' : A story of sacrifice". Sunday Times. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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