Sangeetha Weeraratne

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Sangeetha Weeraratne
සංගීතා වීරරත්න
Born Sangeetha Weeraratne
(1973-12-13) 13 December 1973 (age 43)
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer, Model
Years active 1990 – present
Spouse(s) Roshantha Kariyapperuma
Awards Sarasaviya Best Actress Award (2001) and Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award (2001–2003, 2006)

Sangeetha Weeraratne (born in December 13, 1973 as සංගීතා වීරරත්න [Sinhala]) is an award-winning Sri Lankan actress in the Sri Lankan cinema and television. She made her debut as a sixteen-year-old with Roy de Silva's It's a Matter of Time opposite Kamal Addararachchi in 1990. However, she earned immense popularity only after performing in H.D. Premaratne's Saptha Kanya, also opposite Kamal Addararachchi in 1993. It was a huge success and she won the Sarasaviya Best Newcomer Award that year. Since then she has acted in over 50 movies and is regarded as one of the most successful stars of the Sri Lankan film industry.

Personal life[edit]

Sangeetha Weeraratne was born as the second daughter of renowned cinematographer Timothy Weeraratne and his wife Daisy. She had her primary education at St. John's College Panadura and then moved on to Methodist College, Colombo for her secondary studies.

She has an elder sister, Nayanatara Weeraratne who currently lives in Australia. Sangeetha married to a businessman, Roshantha Kariyapperuma in 2002.[1]

Career[edit]

Sangeetha made her debut in to the silver screen through the renowned director Roy de Silva with his film It's a Matter of Time in 1991. She had the rare fortune of mingling with some of the popular stars of the time, such as Malini Fonseka, Vijaya Kumaratunga, Gamini Fonseka and Roy de Silva.

She was only a teenager, when director Roy De Silva got a glimpse of her talent and encouraged her to join films.

In 2001, Weeraratne won the Sarasaviya Best Actress Award for her role as Guneris' wife in Aswesuma directed by Bennet Ratnayake. She was also crowned the Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress for three consecutive years from 2001–03.

Some films where she played memorable dramtic roles include Saptha Kanya, Nomiyena Minisun, Maruthaya, Duwata Mawaka Misa, Dorakada Marawa, Kinihiriya Mal, Aswesuma, Salelu Warama and Dheewari. She also appeared in few blockbuster comedy movies such as Dawal Migel Ra Daniyel series and Sapata Dukata Sunny as well.

She launched her first production with the film, Sewwandi directed by Vasantha Obeysekera in 2006. Her latest dramtic film is Uppalawanna directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, where she plays the role of Upuli and later the bhikkhuni, Uppalawanna was also critically acclaimed.

Filmography[edit]

Since his first film in 1991, she has acted more than 40 films which are commercially successful.[2]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[3]
Year No. Film Role
1991 It's a Matter of Time
1993 781 Yasasa
1993 782 Saptha Kanya Deepthi
1993 788 Lassanai Balanna
1994 812 Aragalaya Achala
1994 793 Landuni Oba Devaganaki
1994 794 Nomiyena Minisun
1994 795 Rajawansen Ekek Missy
1995 821 Wasana Wewa
1995 831 Maruthaya Elder daughter
1995 833 Chandiyage Putha Vishaka
1996 846 Bodyguard
1996 847 Raththaran Malli
1996 849 Naralowa Holman Durga 'Baby' Madanayake 'Shiromala' / Donna Juliana 'Julie'
1996 853 Hitha Hondanam Waradin Na
1997 908 Pawuru Walalu Lily
1997 871 Puthuni Mata Wasana Rupika
1997 873 Surayo Wedakarayo
1997 880 Mahamera Usata
1997 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Sunitha
1997 888 Ninja Sri Lanka
1998 894 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1 Mudhuri
1998 895 Sathutai Kirula Ape Piumi
1998 904 Dorakada Marawa Subhasini 'Subha' Fernando
1999 917 Ayadimi Sama Namali
1999 912 Bahu Bharya
2000 930 Undaya
2000 932 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 Mudhuri
2001 953 Kinihiriya Mal Sanduni 'Jean'
2001 959 Jonsun and Gonsun Rathnayake Mudiyanselage Dingiri Menika
2001 957 Aswesuma Menika
2002 990 Salelu Warama Priyanka
2002 989 Onna Babo Amma
2002 991 Love 2002
2003 Mother Teresa Sister Christina
2003 1006 Sepata Dukata Sunny Sempamutti Arachchige Tara Kumarihami
2005 1050 Guerilla Marketing Rangi
2006 1069 Nilambare Kumari
2006 1080 Sewwandi Kumari
2007 1083 Mister Dhana Rina
2007 1086 Sankranthi
2007 1090 Uppalavanna Uppalavanna maniyo
2010 1136 Kshema Bhoomi
2011 1154 Challenges
2011 1163 Dheewari
2013 1199 Doni Malathi Gunawardena
2013 1186 Anithya Sherine
2016 1263 Hero Nero
2017 Nimnayaka Hudekalawa Thaaraka

Awards[edit]

She is a receipient of many state awards in many times for many categories.[4]

Sarasaviya Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1993 Saptha Kanya Best Newcomer Won
1994 Nomiyena Minissu Best Actress Won
1995 Maruthaya Merit Award Won
2002 Maruthaya Most Popular Actree Won

Presidential Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 Pawuru Walalu Best Supporting Actress Won

Critic Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1996 Dorakada Marawa Best Actress Won

OCIC Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Dorakada Marawa Best Actress Won

Other Festivals[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Junior Chamber of Arts of Sri Lanka Outstanding young personality Won
2001 Aswesuma Best Actress Won
2001 Aswesuma Most Popular Actress Won

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2007/09/23/spe03.asp
  2. ^ "Sangeetha Weeraratne". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sangeetha in producer's role". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.