Dilhani Ekanayake

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Dilhani Ekanayake
Dilhani Ekanayake.jpg
Dilhani in Kelani Vihara
Born Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake
(1973-01-20) 20 January 1973 (age 45)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Occupation Film actress and Model
Spouse(s) Priyankara Perera
Children Dilmin Perera

Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake (Sinhalese: දිල්හානි ඒකනායක; born 20 January 1973) is an award-winning Sri Lankan film teledrama actress and a model.[1] As the Sinhala film industry has slumped due to stiff competition from Bollywood and a resurgence of teledramas, Ekanayake is one of the few actors working to keep Sinhala cinema afloat.

Personal life[edit]

Ekanayake studied at St Clare's girls school, in Colombo. She is married to singer and actor Priyankara Perera son of singer Milton Perera. She has a son, Dilmin Perera.[2]

Television acting[edit]

Though cited as a cinema actress, she has also starred in several teledramas of which Maya Ranga, Swarna Kingkini and Meeduma stand out. She plays a major role in the Sri Lankan movie star show Ridee Reyak, which is a very popular annual event in Sri Lanka. She also performed as a judge of Ranawiru Real Star and Mega Star as well. Her latest performance came through in Dhawala Doowili and Deviya Sugala teledramas. She has been a brand ambassador for Lux.

Cinema career[edit]

Her early roles were confined to commercial films. Her ability to dance and her trade mark smile captivated the audiences. She is known as the Sridevi of Sri Lanka.[citation needed] Her career hit a different trail with her role as an abandoned Tamil girl in the film Me Mage Sandai by Asoka Handagama. This serious role paved the way for other remarkable performances in Sudu Kalu Saha Alu (Shades of Grey), Mage Wam Atha (My Left Hand) and Sulanga (Wind). Ekanayake made her cinema debut in 1989 from the film titled Dedunnen Samanaliyak directed by Yasapalitha Nanayakkara.

Also she made some notable roles in Mage Wam atha, Sulanga, Me Mage Sandai, Sudu Kalu Saha Alu, Pem Kekula, Nilambare, Gamani and many comedy films such as Cheriyo Darling, Chaya Maya etc.

Awards[edit]

Sarasaviya Film Awards – Most popular Upcoming Actress – 1991

Sarasaviya Film Awards - Most popular Actress - 1992

Sarasaviya Film Awards - Merit Award -2002

Sarasaviya Film Awards-For all performances of the year Special Jury Award- 2004

Sarasaviya Film Awards -Best Actress-2005

Presidential Awards - Best Actress -2005

Signis Salutation – 2001– Silver Performance (Female)

Signis Salutation – 2012 – Gold Performance (Female)

1st Derana Film Awards – Best Actress-2011

5th Derana Film Awards- Most popular Actress -2016

6th Derana Film Awards – Best Actress -2018

Filmography[edit]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[3]
Year No. Film Role
1990 701 Dedunnen Samanaliyak
1991 719 Wada Barinam Wadak Na Thilini
1991 725 Asai Bayai
1991 720 Love In Bangkok
1991 736 Dhanaya
1992 744 Jaya Sri We Kumariye
1992 752 Malsara Doni Mangala
1992 753 Chandi Rajina
1992 761 Kulageya Edna's younger daughter
1992 762 Suranimala
1993 774 Prathignawa Vindya
1993 776 Sarasa Sarisarana Thek Oba Mage
1993 777 Mawila Penevi Rupe Hade
1993 779 Chaya Maya Chaya / Maya
1993 783 Jeevan Malli
1993 786 Sandarekha
1993 792 Sura Weera Chandiyo Kumari
1994 796 Ekada Wahi
1994 797 Jayagrahanaya
1994 800 Nohadan Landune Kanthi
1994 810 Okkoma Hondatai Anusha
1994 814 Sudu Piruwata Suranya
1994 815 Love 94 Umani Baby
1995 822 Vijay Saha Ajay Hashini
1995 827 Pudumai Eth Aththai Thusha
1995 837 Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya Pavithra 'Issara Gedara Janele'
1995 840 Dalulana Gini
1996 855 Sabae Mithura
1996 863 Cheriyo Darling Miss Sweetie
1996 867 Madhuri Madhuri 'Madu'
1997 875 Ramba Saha Madhu
1997 883 Pemmal Mala Pawansala
1997 909 Re Ru Kumari
1999 913 Rathu Aluyama Sulochana
1999 919 Kolompoor Tanisha
1999 923 Koti Sana
1999 924 Seetha Samire
1999 928 Nagaran Chithra
2000 Premilla
2000 933 Kauda Bole Alice Nirmala
2000 944 Pem Kakula
2001 948 Jack And Jill Arundathi
2001 949 Kolomba Koloppan Dilhani
2001 972 Sellan Kukka
2002 976 Seethala Gini Kandu Sunny's daughter
2002 977 Pissu Double Bhagya Ekanayake
2002 978 Kalu Sudu Mal Nirmala Mudunkotuwa alias Rohini
2002 979 Cheriyo Holman
2002 983 Thahanam Gaha Nirmala
2002 988 Mage Wam Atha Kamal's wife
2002 994 Surapurata Kanyaviyak
2003 1000 Sundarai Adare Meena
2003 1011 Pissu Trible Cichchi Cichchi Baby
2003 1015 Sonduru Dadabima Samangi Ranasinghe
2003 1016 Yakada Pihatu Nadeesha Kulasobana
2003 1021 Sudu Salu Thamara
2003 1022 Hitha Honda Pisso Wimala
2004 1028 Bambara Sanakeli
2004 1031 Ra Daniel Dawal Migel 3 Kamala Baby
2004 1037 Ohoma Harida Namali
2004 1040 Samawenna Ma Raththarane
2004 1042 Rajjumala Puncya
2005 1053 Sudu Kalu Saha Alu Komala
2005 1056 Sulanga Crisanthi
2006 1062 Naga Kanya Madhu
2006 1069 Nilambare
2006 1074 Rana Hansi
2006 1079 Kurulu Pihatu Shalika
2006 1080 Sewwandi Shirani
2007 1091 Hai Master Surangani
2008 Puthuni Hambagiya Uthpala
2008 1102 Siri Raja Siri Sirimal's mother
2008 1109 Pitasakwala Kumarayai Pancho Hathai
2009 1123 Sinasuna Adaren Mrs. Karandeniya
2009 1128 Akasa Kusum Shalika
2010 1167 Thank You Berty Mala
2011 1150 Sinhawalokanaya Subharath Manike
2011 1157 Mahindagamanaya Queen Ramadatta
2011 1160 Gamani Sulochana Weerasekera
2013 1191 Ira Laga Wadi
2014 1203 Siri Daladagamanaya Queen of King Guhasiva
2014 1209 Parapura
2014 1212 Que Sera Tara
2014 1217 Ko Mark No Mark Rupika Mihirani
2015 1223 Spandana Piumi
2015 1236 Lantin Singho Samadara
2016 1258 Sujatha Puthra Mrs. Hettiarachchi
2017 1268 Aloko Udapadi Queen Consort Anula
2017 1272 Kota Uda Express Pabawathi
2017 1282 Dharmayuddhaya Rani
2017 1284 Heena Hoyana Samanallu
2017 1291 Paha Samath[4]
2018 1299 Seya[5] Varuni Dissanayake
TBD Ginnen Upan Seethala
TBD Under Panty Thief[6]
TBD Wali Pawuru[7]
TBD Thaanapathilage Gedara[8]
TBD Underpants Thief Nayani

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dilhani spearheaded the campaign to save Sinhala cinema". Daily News(Sri Lanka). 16 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-03-16.
  2. ^ "Dilhani Ekanayaka's son and family". Lankahelp.com. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Tear falling cinema about a village boy". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Seya, Her spirit will follow you". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Adults only film by Somaratne Dissanayake". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Tale of Melisha and Sisira at Elders Home - plot of Wali Pawuru". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Film Thaanapathilage Gedara". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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