Ravindra Randeniya

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Honourable
Ravindra Randeniya
MP
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for National List
In office
2001–2004
Personal details
Born Boniface Perera
(1946-06-05) June 5, 1946 (age 70)
Dalugama, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Occupation Actor, Politicians

Ravindra Randeniya (Born Boniface Perera) (born 5 June 1945) is a Sri Lankan actor and politician.[1] He rose to fame in Lester James Peries's film Desa Nisa in 1972, and was a popular actor during the 1970s and 1980s; He won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award in 1984 (Dadayama), 1985 (Maya), 1989 (Sandakada Pahana), and 1990 (Sri Medura).

Early life[edit]

Randeniya was born in Dalugama, Kelaniya Sri Lanka in 1945. Dalugama was a small village filled with paddy fields and streams. Randeniya appreciated nature growing up often spending evenings looking over the fields; he was also an avid reader from a young age immersing himself in the works of acclaimed Sinhala authors like Martin Wickremasinghe, Prof.Ediriweera Sarachchandra, Kumaratunga Munidasa, and Wimalaratne Kumaragama.[2]

Randeniya attended St. Francis School in Dalugama. Though he was a good student, he failed to pass his A-level examination and didn't pursue higher education. Randeniya instead joined his family business of manufacturing hardware products.[2]

Beginnings in theatre[edit]

In his free time, Randeniya started taking courses in theater decor and screenwriting at Lionel Wendt Theatre Workshop. The Workshop was considered the premiere acting school in Sri Lanka, and its faculty was composed of the leading Sinhala dramatists of the day like Dr.Ediriweera Sarachandra, Damma Jagoda, Gunasena Gallappathi, Ernest MacIntyre, Percy Colinthus, and Irangani Serasinghe. Randeniya became interested in acting while taking a required general acting class under Jagoda; he gradually became fascinated with the idea of acting over the two years he spent at the school.

Film work[edit]

Randeniya got his first starring role in the student production Mudu Puttu directed by Gallapaththi. His performance in the film drew praise from well-known director Lester James Peries. He next appeared in Kalu Diya Dahara, considered "a watershed in the annals of Sinhala films", which dealt with a struggle between workers and administration in a tea plantation. It was made in 1971, and shown nationwide in 1974.[2]

Peries, who was a fan, picked Randeniya for one of the three main roles in Desa Nisa alongside Joe Abeywickrema and Sriyani Amarasena. This would be his breakthrough role, and established him as a popular actor when screened in 1972.[2]

Political[edit]

Later Randeniya elected to Sri Lanka Parliament for United National Party. He served as a member in 2001-2004.

Awards[edit]

Sarasaviya Awards[edit]

  • Best Actor - Dadayama – 1984
  • Best Actor – Maya – 1985
  • Best Actor - Sandakada Pahana – 1989
  • Best Actor - Sri Medura - 1990

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1971 Kalu Diya Dahara
1972 Desa Nisa
1974 Kalyani Ganga
1975 Tharanga
1975 The God King Mogollana
1976 Duhulu Malak
1976 Hariyata Hari
1976 Ganga
1977 Siripala Saha Ranmenika Siripala
1977 Yakadaya
1977 Ektemge
1977 Pembara Madhu
1978 Seetha Devi
1978 Veera Puran Appu Puran Appu
1979 Wasanthaye Davasak Wasantha
1979 Higana Kolla
1979 Chuda Manikyaya
1979 Sugandi
1979 Podi Malli
1979 Hari Pudumai
1980 Muwan Palassa II
1980 Raja Dawasak
1981 Induta Mal Mitak
1981 Bamba Ketu Hati
1981 Eka Dawasak Re
1981 Induta Mal Mitak
1981 Aradhana Senaka
1981 Sathweni Dawasak
1982 Bambara Geethaya
1982 Paaramitha
1982 Sandaa
1983 Dadayama
1983 Ran Mini Muthu
1983 Yali Pipunu Malak
1984 Bambara Patikki
1985 Hithawathiya
1985 Hima Kathara
1985 Maya
1986 Der Stein Des Todes
1986 Sura Saradiel Saradiel
1987 Maldeniye Simion Dayaratne
1987 Witness a Killing
1987 Janelaya
1987 Thaththi Man Adarei
1987 Mangala Thagga
1987 Kele Kella
1987 Raja Wedakarayo
1987 Ahinsa
1988 The Iron Triangle (Production coordinator)
1988 Kedapathaka Chaya
1988 Sagara Jalaya
1988 Angulimala Ahinsaka/Angulimala
1989 Sandakada Pahana
1989 Siri Medura
1990 Saharawe Sihinaya
1991 Golu Muhude Kunatuva
1993 Seilama
1993 Madara Parasathu Keerthi
1993 Surabi Dena
1993 Gurugedara
1994 Dhawala Pushpaya Doctor Nalin
1994 Aragalaya
1994 Pavana Raluviya
1995 Seilama
1995 Sudu Valassu
1996 Anantha Rathriya
1996 Maduree
1996 Cheriyo Darling
1997 Yasoma
1997 Les Mysteres Du Sadjurah Colonel Taradjahi
1997 In The Name of God's Poor Police Commissioner, Calcutta
1997 Ramba Saha Madhu
1997 Bawa Duka
1997 Ninja Sri Lanka
1997 Bawa Karma Muhandiram
1999 Anduru Sewaneli
1999 Theertha Yathra
2001 Anantha Rathriya
2001 Poronduwa
2001 Aswesuma
2002 Sansara Prarthana
2002 Bonjourno Italia Kingsley the agent
2003 One Shot Police officer
2003 Wekanda Walawwa

Lucus

2004 Mille Soya
2005 A Letter of Fire father
2006 Nilambare
2006 Sewwandi Priyantha
2007 Nisala Gira Minister Saliya
2008 Aba Pandula brahmana
2009 Dancing Star
2009 Juliya
2012 Matha Brigadier
2012 Kusa Pabha King Okkaka
2014 Parapura
2014 Rupantharana Brigadier Vimal
2016 Weerawarna Prasad Madugalla
2016 Paththini Pandya king
2016 Sujatha Puthra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Members of the parliament". Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ravindra Randeniya". Sunday Observer. 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 

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