Bandu Samarasinghe

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Bandu Samarasinghe
Born Bandusena Samarasinghe
(1955-11-22) November 22, 1955 (age 62)
Kegalle, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education St. Mary's College, Kegalle
Occupation Actor, director, producer, singer, screenplay writer
Years active 1973-present
Spouse(s)
Swarna Samarasinghe (m. 1980)
Children Rasoga Samarasinghe
Hiranya Samarasinghe
Kanchana Samarasinghe
Awards Kala Bhooshan
SLIM Nelson

Bandusena Samarasinghe, popularly known as Bandu (බන්දු සමරසිංහ) (born 22 November 1955), is an actor in Sri Lankan cinema.[1] He entered the film industry in 1975 with Sadahatama Oba Mage (You are forever Mine).[2] As an actor, singer, director, and producer, Bandu was a popular comedy actor throughout the 1990s-2000s, revolutionizing cinema history with his slapstick comedy roles with the late Freddie Silva and comic duo partner Tennyson Cooray.[3] He starred in Rodaya (1995), Pemmal Mala (1998), Left Right Sir (2004), and Peeter One (2013). His most promising and blockbuster acting was in the Re Daniel Dawal Migel and Cheerio film series and Somi Boys.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Bandu was on born on 22 November 1955 in a family of five children. His father Kegalle Podi Mahaththya (1917-1980) was a mechanic and his mother Lellagaha Goda Iskole Hamine (1925-2007) was a teacher. His pre school education came through St. Savior Convent and secondary education by St. Mary's College, Kegalle.[10]

Career as an actor[edit]

Starting as early as 1972 at the age of 17 or so, Bandu started his cinema career with Sadahatama Oba Mage. He acted in slapstick comedies along with Freddie Silva in the 1980s. He acted in more than 85 Sri Lankan films up to 2015. Almost 95 percent of the films were comedies and very few were dramas.[11][12][13]

As a director[edit]

Before his comedy partner, Tennyson Cooray moved to direction in 2013, Bandu started to showcase his talents in direction. His first direction film Rodaya released in 1995 and gained lots of attraction.[14][15]

Television[edit]

His first teledrama acting came under his own direction, through Dara Garaj. And he acted few telidramas like Roy de Silva's Tarzan Ape Man, Giriraj Kaushalya's Nana Kamare,[16] Sikuru Lanthe and Nishantha Weerasinghe's Dankuda Banda.[17] His first "Bandu Live In Concert" was held on 2005 and after 11 years, he performed his next Bandu Live In Concert on 27 August 2016 at BMICH.[18]

Bandu along with Tennyson and Yureni Noshika will act as hosts for Hiru Mega Star season 2.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1973 Sadahatama Oba Mage Assistant Manager Minor Role
1974 Kasturi Suwanda Minor Role
1976 Nilla Soya
1977 Chandi Putha
1977 Yakadaya
1978 Chandi Shyama
1978 Asha Dasin
1980 Mal Kekulu
1981 Chanchala Rekha Kapila Debut an Actor
1982 Halo Shyama
1982 Mihidum Sihina
1984 Bambara Patikki
1986 Peralikarayo Chuty Malli Also as Playback Singer
1986 Yali Hamuwennai
1987 Nommara Ekai Datha Khan First Bandu-Tenny Dou[19]
1987 Yukthiyada Shakthiyada [20]
1988 Angulimala Basura [21]
1990 Thanha Asha Perera [22]
1990 Dedunnen Samanaliyak [22]
1990 Hitha Honda Puthek Bandu
1990 Madhu Sihina Appu
1990 Weera Udara
1991 Bambara Kalape [23]
1991 Paradise Guest appearance
1991 Cheriyo Doctor Marmite [24]
1991 Ali Baba Saha Horu 40 [25]
1992 Ranabime Weeraya [23]
1992 Okkoma Kanapita Kanapita
1992 Sinhayangeth Sinhaya
1992 Sakkara Sooththara [26]
1992 Raja Daruwo
1993 Soorayan Athara Weeraya [27]
1993 Chaya Johnny [28]
1994 1950 Mulleriyawa [29]
1994 Love 94 Bakar
1994 Athma Foreman's Supporter
1994 Sujatha [30]
1994 Hallo My Darling [31]
1995 Rodaya Sudha First direction and producing[31]
1995 Mama Baya Ne Shyama M.S. Anandan
1995 Inspector Geetha [31]
1995 Vairayen Vairaya
1995 Cheriyo Captain Huntin / Fruit salad Dual role
1996 Weediye Weeraya
1996 Cheriyo Darling Marmite [32]
1997 Pemmal Mala Murichchi Silva Second direction and producing. Also playback singing.[33]
1998 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1 Daniel
1999 Kolompoor A.S.P. Bandu [34]
1999 Koti Sana [34]
2000 Kauda Bole Alice Janaka 'Alizina 'Alice' Almeida'
2001 Hai Hui Babi Achchi Bandu 'Miss Dimple Mylawa'
2001 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 Daniel
2001 Pissu Puso Dougie / Prema 'Prem' Kumara Mahanama Dual role
2001 Oba Koheda Priye
2002 Parliament Jokes E.K. Karolis [35]
2002 Cheriyo Holman
2002 Pissu Double Tintin
2002 Jolly Hallo Brando Sarasaviya Award - Creative Performance
2002 Somy Boys Bush/Bandusena Mudalali Dual role
2002 Seethala Gini Kandu Addiya
2003 Ra Daniel Dawal Migel 3 "007" Daniel
2003 Pissu Trible Junda [36]
2003 Sepata Dukata Sunny Sunny
2003 Sundarai Adare Towel Boy
2003 Numba Nadan Apita Pissu Baby Sam Talky / Mr. Almeida [37]
2004 Rajjumala Sekara
2004 Left Right Sir Third direction
2005 James Bond Bond aka Banda
2006 Ali Patio Oyai Mamai Theft [38]
2006 Rana Hansi [39]
2006 Supiri Balawatha Eddie
2007 Hai Master Bandara
2007 Jundai Gundai Junda
2008 Ai Oba Thaniwela
2010 Ape Yalu Punchi Boothaya Isurusiri-the Astrologist [40]
2011 Thank You Berty Norty
2013 Peeter One Peeter Fifth direction[41]
2013 Seetha Man Awa Rama
2015 My Name is Bandu Bandu Nominated for "Derana Film Awards Best Comedy Role"[42]
2018 Yama Raja Siri John [43]

Director and actor[edit]

Year Film Note
1995 Rodaya Also as producer
1997 Pemmal Mala Also as producer
2004 Left Right Sir
2013 Peter One

Songs[edit]

Title Film Other(s)
Sinhayo Wagei Api Peralikarayo H.R. Jothipala
Visky Kade Pusa Peralikarayo -
Rubber Walalu Uda Yakada Godak Nommara Ekai Chandra Devadhithya
Mis Konda Kirilli Nommara Ekai -
Warella Warella Nommara Ekai Somasiri Fernando, Chandra Devadhithya
Kada Bendala Yukthiyada Sahakthiyada Freddy Silva
Goni Billa Ko Hitha Honda Puthek Freddy Silva, Ananda Perera
Raja Ubane Gona Okkoma Kanapita Freddy Silva
Aluth Irak Aluth Sandak Madhu Sihina Anjaleen Gunathilake, Mervyn Perera
Kasi Athe Kasi Nathe Raja Wansen Ekek Ranjan Ramanayake, Freddy Silva
Ehe Yanawa Kawruth Ehe Yanawa Bambara Kalape Freddy Silva
Lan Wela Lan Wela Ali Baba Saha Horu 40 Anjaleen Gunathilake
Nawa Hiru Sandu Payala Rodaya Milton Mallawarachchi, Nihal Nelson
Me Rate Weddu Inspector Geetha Freddy Silva, Christien Gunawardena
Cheerio Kiyala Me Api Yanne Cheerio Captain Greshan Ananda, Freddy Silva
Wadath Agei Hithath Hondai Cheerio Captain Greshan Ananda
Ale Karannam Romiyo Mage Cheerio Darling Latha Walpola
Sanda Amathuma Widiyata Me Raye Pem Mal Mala Latha Walpola
Ne Ma Eda Pem Mal Mala Latha Walpola
Chuti Mage Podi Patto Kauda Bole Alis -
Roobara Siribara Hai Hui Babi Achchi Maya Damayanthi, Mervyn Malewana, Koreen Almeida
Doti Doti Bodime Doti Hai Hui Babi Achchi Sunil Perera, Gemunu Wijesuriya
Kawdai Kawdai Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 Sangeeth Wickramasinghe, Champa Kalhari, Kushani Sandarekha
Goori Boori Waada Bheeda Oba Koheda Priye Freddy Silva, Anjaleen Gunathilake, Latha Walpola
Gamaralai Moda Relai Supiri Balawatha H.R. Jothipala, Ananda Perera
Sulange Hemin Ennako Peeter One -
Tomiya Karawala Peeter One -
Pawee Enu Mena My Name Is Bandu
Tin Belekka - -
Lassana Mal Mal - Uresha Ravihari

Awards[edit]

  • Creative Performance - Sarasaviya Awards - 2002
  • SLIM Nelson Peoples Award
  • Kala booshan - 32rd Gov.t Kala Bhooshan Awards - 2016

Nominated[edit]

  • 4th Derana Film Awards - Best Comedy Role

References[edit]

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