Anoja Weerasinghe

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Anoja Weerasinghe
අනෝජා වීරසිංහ
Born (1955-01-21) January 21, 1955 (age 63)
Badulla, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa
Occupation Actor, Screen Play Writer, Dramatist
Years active 1987–present
Children Dilki
Awards Best Actress

Kalasuri Anoja Weerasinghe (Sinhala:අනොජා වීරසිංහ) is an award-winning Sri Lankan film actress.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Born on 21 January 1955 in the village Thailagoda, near to Badulla, as the seventh of the 12 siblings in the family which includes seven daughters and five sons. After few years, the family moved to Monaragala due to many political disputes. Her father was a theatre actor who performed in stage dramas such as Barrister Hamu and Hingana Kolla. Her first marriage was celebrated in 1979 and lasted only for twelve years, where she married again to a plantation owner in 1991.[4]

Career[edit]

Weerasinghe first came to the screen with a minor role in Yasapalitha Nanayakkara's film Tak Tik Tuk. His first main role came through role Surangi of Yasapalitha's film Monarathenna.[4]

She appeared in the Australian film Island in 1989.[5]

She is also enjoyed lessons of karate to appear in stunt roles as well. He learnt karate from Nanda Siriwardena.[4]

Stage dramas[edit]

  • Satana
  • Prashnaya
  • Age Nama Rathi
  • Manaskola
  • Trojan Kanthawo
  • Diriya Mawa Saha Age Daruwo
  • Ran Salakuna
  • Memories of Monkey boy

Awards[edit]

Weerasinghe rose to popularity in cinema and acclaim after winning the Silver Peacock Award for the Best Actress at the New Delhi International Film Festival in 1987 for the film Maldeniye Simion, directed by Dr. D. B. Nihalsinghe and produced by Vijaya Ramanayake for Tharanga Films. This was the first time a Sri Lankan actress won a best actress award at an international film festival.[6] Thereafter she went on to LAMDA in London to further hone her skills and won further accolades, nationally and internationally. She has been honored with the Kohinoor Award by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Government of Sri Lanka's ''Kala Suri national award, the Asian Film Center tribute to her in 1994, Munich International Film Festival retrospective of her films, and the state governments of Kerala and West Bengal retrospectives of her films are among the many accolades she has received.

She is a recipient of many local, regional and international awards.[7]

  • Presidential Special Award 1984 - Muhudu Lihini
  • Sarasaviya Awards 1985 - Hithwathiya
  • Presidential Award 1985 Merit Award - Hithawathiya
  • Sarasawiya Award 1986 Merit Award - Mihidum Salu
  • Best Actress in 1986 State Awards
  • Best Costume Design in 1986 State Awards
  • Sarasaviya Awards 1986 Best Film - Obata Diwura Kiyannam
  • Best Actress in 1987 Sarasaviya Awards - Maldeniye Simion
  • Best Actress in 1987 OCIC Awards - Maldeniye Simion
  • Best Actress in 1987 Presidential Awards - Maldeniye Simion
  • Rajatha Mayura Award for Best Actress in 1987
  • Best Actress in 11th Indian International Film Festival - Maldeniye Simion
  • Best Television Actress in 1987 - Thaara Devi
  • Rana Thisara Award in 1987
  • Kalsuri Award in 1987
  • Honor Award in 1987
  • Woman of the Year 1987 - Vanitha Award at Rotary International Club
  • Best Actress in 1990 Sarasaviya Awards - Sirimedura
  • Best Actress in 1987 OCIC Awards - Sirimedura
  • Koinor Rathna Award 1990
  • Most Popular Actress in 1991 Vanitha Award
  • Best Actress in 1992 Sarasaviya Awards - Kelimadala
  • Best Actress in 1992 OCIC Awards - Kelimadala
  • Best Producer in 1992 Sarasaviya Awards - Kelimadala
  • Best Actress in 1994 Sarasaviya Awards - Surabidena
  • Best Actress in 1994 Presidential Awards - Gurugedara
  • Best Actress in 1994 Swarna Sankha Award - Surabidena
  • Fringee First Award at Edinburg Drama Festival 2005 - Children of the Sea producer
  • Tap Water Award at Edinburg Drama Festival 2005 - Children of the Sea producer
  • Best Actress in 2006 State Awards - Diriya Mawa Saha Age Daruwa

Filmography[edit]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[8]
Year No. Film Role
1979 423 Monarathenna Suranji
1980 440 Tak Tik Tuk
1980 465 Sinhabahu
1981 487 Amme Mata Samawenna Dulcy
1981 492 Dayabara Nilu
1981 493 Geethika Naalika
1981 499 Aradhana
1981 504 Saaranga
1982 534 Kale Mal Pushpalatha
1983 548 Kaliyugaya
1983 560 Hasthi Viyaruwa
1983 562 Pasa Mithuro
1983 564 Menik Maliga
1983 571 Monarathenna 2
1984 574 Muhudu Lihini
1984 583 Niwan Dakna Jathi Dakwa
1984 584 Thaththai Puthai Anoja
1984 590 Hithawathiya
1984 601 Batti
1985 612 Mihidum Salu
1985 613 Mawubima Nathnam Maranaya
1985 616 Araliya Mal
1985 620 Channai Kello Dennai
1985 621 Aeya Waradida Oba Kiyanna
1985 624 Obata Diwura Kiyanna
1985 629 Varsity Kella
1985 608 Miss Lanka
1986 636 Mal Warusa Soma
1986 640 Peralikarayo
1986 643 Maldeniye Simion Jane / Somawathi
1987 644 Devuduwa
1987 654 Hitha Honda Chandiya
1987 655 Janelaya Mrs. Weerasinghe
1987 656 Sathyagrahanaya
1987 662 Kale Kella
1988 670 Ahinsa
1988 673 Chandingeth Chandiya
1988 682 Ko Hathuro
1988 681 Nawatha Api Ekwemu
1989 685 Mamai Raja Nisha
1989 689 Obata Rahasak Kiyannam
1989 692 Sinasenna Raththaran
1989 694 Randenigala Sinhaya
1989 696 Sirimadura
1990 700 Yukthiyata Wada
1990 702 Weera Udara
1990 707 Pem Raja Dahana Rekha Gajasinghe
1991 714 Hitha Honda Puthek
1991 721 Sihina Ahase Wasanthaya
1991 722 Kelimadala
1991 724 Hithata Dukak Nathi Miniha Yasawathi
1991 729 Asala Sanda
1991 732 Ran Hadawatha
1991 741 Ma Obe Hithawatha
1992 742 Ranabime Veeraya
1992 746 Rajadaruwo
1992 757 Me Ware Mage
1993 770 Guru Gedara
1993 772 Surabidena
1993 775 Wali Sulanga
1994 817 Shakthi
1995 822 Vijay Saha Ajay
1995 824 Seyilama
1998 891 Aya Obata Barai
1998 902 Julietge Bhoomikawa
1999 921 Aduru Sewanali
2002 983 Thahanam Gaha
2003 1001 Pura Sakmana
2003 1016 Yakada Pihatu Manuja
2014 1213 Thanha Rathi Ranga Wimal's Mother
2014 - The Island
2014 - Human Touch

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anoja's role as Mother Courage". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 18 March 2006. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Healing wounded minds". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 19 March 2006. 
  3. ^ "Drama group aids tsunami victim". BBC News. 11 August 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c "Its 60 years to Anoja". Sarasaviya. 11 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Lankan film stars shy away from poll campaign". Hindustan Times. 4 November 2006. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sri Lankan stars shined at international level". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Anoja Weerasinghe awards". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 

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