Prem Jayanth

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Hettiarachchige Emanuel Aloysius Rodrigo (1931–1997), better known as Prem Jayanth, was a Sri Lankan actor, producer and artist. He rose to prominence with starring roles in the popular films Sujatha (1953) and Seda Sulang (1955).

Jayanth was born in Layards Broadway, Grandpass and attended Joseph’s College, Grandpass and St. Lucia’s College, Kotahena. He made his debut as an actor in A. D. J. Mathupala's Carnival (1942).[1]

Jayanth began his film career with a small role in B. A. W. Jayamanne's Unmathu Wishwasaya (1952). His breakthrough came when he was cast in the lead male role on Sujatha (1953) opposite Florida Jayalath; it became a big hit and established Jayanth and Jayalath as major stars. They reappeared together in the 1955 film Seda Sulang which was also popular featuring the only songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar for a Sri Lankan film. Jayanth had a major role in Warada Kageda in 1953.[1]

Jayanth subsequently acted in Awishwasaya, Purusha Rathnaya (1959) and Sithaka Mahima (1964) before reuniting with Jaylath in her directorial effort Sweep Ticket (1965). In 1967 he portrayed a role in Sarana. Jayanth married actress Nanda Leelanayake sometime in the 1960s and had seven children including Jagath Rohan who appeared in the film Sabeetha (1980).[1]

Jayanth started his company Seven Arts around 1972 and produced such films as Sahanaya (1972), Hondata Hondai (1973), Kawda Raja (1976), Sabeetha (1980), Senasuma (1981) and Mala Giravi (1984). He was also active as a designer of film cutouts and was the art director of Wahal Doopatha (1968) and Deviyani Oba Kohida (1977).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Uvais, Ramesh (2006). "Prem Jayanth: Sinhala Cinema's first super star". Daily Mirror.