List of Sri Lankan films of the 1950s

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Films produced in Sri Lanka in the 1950s.

1950[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1950
Gambada Sundari (Prasad Studios Productions) Dir George S Wijegunaratne; Music: N K Kariyawasam; Photography: Leslie Pedris Sheela Peiris (Rupa), Kingsley Jayasekara (Vimal), E C Bulathsinhala Released on January 27, 1950 at Crown (Maradana) through Ceylon Theatres circuit. First Sinhala colour movie produced in Ceylon (filmed in 16 mm and blown up for 35 mm screening. Only one copy printed.) Also shown with this film: a colour documentary on Kandy Esala Perahera
Hadisi Vinishchaya Dir: B A W Jayamanne; Music: B S Perera Rukmani Devi (Kanthi), B A W Jayamanne (Siripala), Bertram Fernando, Mabel Blythe, Stanley Mallawarachchi, Eddie Jayamanne, Herby Seneviratne Released on May 26, 1950 at Kingsley (Kotahena) through Cinemas circuit. Popular songs include Jeevana Sapa Sri Paana, Prema Raja Maage, Mana Pinavaaya

1951[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1951
Seedevi (Navajeevana Films) Dir:Sirisena Wimalaweera;Music: B H De Silva (Eddie Junior); Photography: P L Rai D. R. Nanayakkara(Newton), N. R. Dias, B H De Silva (Eddie Junior)(Rajendra), J C K Rupawathie (Rani) Released on March 09, 1951 at Gamini (Maradana)as its opening attraction through Cinemas circuit.
Sengawunu Pilithura Dir:B. A. W. Jayamanne; Music: Mohammed Ghouse Rukmani Devi (Kusumalatha), Eddie Jayamanne (Perakeenu), B A W Jayamanne (Chandrapala), Stanley Mallawarachchi Released on May 20, 1951 at Roxy (Wellawatta) as its opening attraction through Ceylon Theatres circuit. (Tamil-dubbed version of this film released in December 1951 as Kusumalatha at Gamini (Maradana), Wembley (Kandy), the first Sinhala film to be dubbed in Tamil). Popular songs included Pem Loka Raajini, Le Kiri Deela, Manahara Geetha Gayala, Sanasanu Ma

1952[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1952
Banda Nagarayata Pemineema (Sri Murugan Navakala Films') Dir: Raja Wahab Kashmir, A B Raj; Mu R Narayana Iyer, R Muttusamy Bernard Perera, Nanda Leelanayaka, Joseph Seneviratne, Malini Ranasinghe, Hugo Fernando Released on May 04, 1952 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & 4 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit (Initial run at first-release centres ended in 5 days) First movie produced entirely in Sri Lanka
Umathu Vishvasaya Dir: B. A. W. Jayamanne; Mu: S S Veda; Pho: K Prabhakar Rukmani Devi, Eddie Jayamanne, Herbert M Seneviratne, Sumith Bibile,Mabel Blythe, Letitia Peiris, Ruby de Mel, B. A. W. Jayamanne, Stanley Mallawarachchi, Bertram Fernando Released on May 09, 1952 at Elphinstone (Maradana) through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Popular songs included Sudata Sudey Siriya Diley, Dukin Piruna Mey Lokey, Diva Re Darshana Vey, Kolompurey Sriya
Sirisangabo Pho, Edit, Pro, Dir: Vernon Jayawardena Theresa Weerasinghe, Lakshmi Bhai, Edward Perera (King Sirisangabo), Piyadasa Perera Released on July 18, 1952 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & 4 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. (First run ended in 2 days)First movie to depict a Buddhist theme

1953[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1953
Eda Re Sto, Dir: Shanthi Kumar; Pho T S Mani; Mu: Mohamed Ghouse; Lyr D T Fernando, Louis Rodrigo, Herby Seneviratne Thilakasiri Fernando, Seetha Jayawardena (Chandra), Shanthi Kumar (Ranjith), Herby Seneviratne (Banda), Austin Abeysekera (Mudali), Michael Sannasliyanage (Victor), Premanath Moraes (Lakdasa) Released on February 14, 1953 at Elphinstone (Maradana) and 4 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Latha Walpola's debut as a playback singer. Popular songs included Aanandey Aanandey
Prema Tharagaya (Sri Murugan Navakala Films') Dir: A Bhaskar Raj; Pro: S M Nayagam; Sto, Dia, Lyr K Hugo Fernando; Mu: R Muttusamy Aruna Shanthi (Premadasa), Ayesha Weerakoon (Mallika), Laddie Ranasinghe (Gunasiri), Mark Samaranayake (Wickrama), Hugo Fernando Released on March 27, 1953 at Kingsley (Kotahena) and 5 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Dharmadasa Walpola's debut as a playback singer. Popular songs included Ho Handa Dee, Ugatthu Viyatthu, Honda Hondama Veya
Pitisara Kella (Navajeevana Movietone's) Sto, Dia, Lyr, Pro, Dir:Sirisena Wimalaweera; Mu K Hugo Fernando; Pho J Paul Mathias Theresa Weerasinghe, A Shanthapriya, Malini Ranasinghe, L M Fernando, E Marshall Perera Released on April 24, 1953 at Gamini (Maradana) and 3 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Aaley Kala Muth
Kele Handa Dir: B. A. W. Jayamanne; Story, Dialogue: W A Silva based on his novel; Mu: S S Veda; Pho K Prabhakar Rukmani Devi (Malini), introducing Stanley Perera (John Jayapala), introducing Rita Ratnayake (Daisy), B A W Jayamanne (Nandarala), Eddie Jayamanne, Mabel Blythe, introducing Millie Kahandawala, Wimala Kumari, Udula Dabare

Released on May 27, 1953 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & 6 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. First movie based on a Sinhala novel. Popular songs included Mevila Penevi, Anna Sudo, Mageya Prema Malini, Deva Gini Mava Duk, Pem Amadhara, Maya Maya, Parana Pinak

Sujatha (Cinemas') Dir: T R Sundaram; Pro: K Gunaratnam; Mu Daksinamoorthy introducing Florida Jayalath (Sujatha), introducing Prem Jayanth (Nihal), introducing David Dharmakeerthi, introducing Dommie Jayawardena (Wicky), Shanthi Lekha (Prema) Released on June 26, 1953 at Gamini (Maradana) & 8 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Premalokaya Niveegiya, Sumadhura Ve, Pem Rella Negee, Maayavaki Me Lokey, Prema Gangey, Manaranjana Darshaneeya, Naarilatha Pushpey, Giya Thamai Damaa
Puduma Leli (Sri Murugan Navakala Films') Dir: A.S. Nagarajan; Pro: S M Nayagam; Mu: R Muttusamy Prem Jayanth (Rajathilaka), Clarice de Silva (Latha), Hugo Fernando (Ariyasena), Dharmasri Ranatunga, Mark Samaranayake, Girlie Gunawardena Released on December 04, 1953 through Cinemas Ltd circuit

1954[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1954
Varada Kageda? (Cinemas') Dir T R Sundaram; Pro K Gunaratnam; Mu S Dakshinamoorthy Prem Jayanth, Rita Ratnayake, Laddie Ranasinghe, Shanthi Lekha, Dommie Jayawardena, Udula Dabare, Christie Leonard, T B Illangaratne, Mohideen Baig, Gemini Kantha Released on April 09, 1954 at Gamini (Maradana) & 16 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Dalu La Prema Gasey, Piyali Kedeela Vetuna (Karunaratne Abeysekera's debut as a lyricist in Sinhala films)
Irangini Dir B. A. W. Jayamanne; Pro B A W Jayamanne, Eddie Jayamanne, Rukmani Devi; Mu S S Veda, R A Chandrasena Rukmani Devi, B A W Jayamanne, Stanley Perera, Herbert M Seneviratne, Herbie Seneviratne, Mabel Blythe, Eddie Jayamanne, Lilian Edirisinghe Released on April 10, 1954 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & 9 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Popular songs included Tharu Paayana Akase, Raaniye Enko Nagee
Saradiel (Navajeevana Films') Dir Sirisena Wimalaweera; Mu K Hugo Fernando Mathias Fernando, Theresa Weerasinghe, N R Dias, Girlie Gunawardena, Devika Rani, S H Jothipala, Sebastian Jayasinghe, B P Wickremasinghe Released on August 05, 1954
Ahankara Sthree (Sri Murugan Navakala Films') Dir A Bhaskar Raj; Pro S M Nayagam; Mu R Muttusamy Clarice De Silva, Ravindra Rupasena, Ratna Kumari, Hugo Fernando, Rohini Jayakody, Mark Samaranayake, Eddie Yapa, Leena De Silva Released on September 17, 1954 at Gamini (Maradana) through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Lankaaren Malak Pipee, Lokaya Peraleyi, Handa Galavaalaa
Radala Piliruwa (Cinemas') Dir T R Sundaram; Pro K Gunaratnam; Mu S Dakshinamoorthy Laddie Ranasinghe, Rita Ratnayake, Dommie Jayawardena, Herbie Seneviratne, Millie KahandawelaShanthi Lekha, Udula Dabare, Christie Leonard, Latha Walpola Released on December 24, 1954 at Gamini (Maradana) through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Mal Pethi Rala Reli, Pem Lokey Nayana Rasee, Gee Kiyanna. Based on W A Silva's novel

1955[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1955
Surangani Dir Cyril P Abeyratne; Technical Dir K Vembu; Pro Ceylon Theatres Ltd; Mu T R Paapa Eddie Junior, D R Nanayakkara, Pearl Vasudevi, Kanthi Gunatunga, Lilian Edirisinghe, Disna Ranjani, G S B Rani, M P Gemunu, Sujeeva Lalee, Kingsley Jayasekera Released on February 19, 1955 at Elphinstone (Maradana ) & 13 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Popular songs included Aaley Pem Res Dahara, Suranganaavi Maage, Roopey Baley Nisa, Koibatado Mey Sathaa, Seyaava Anduna Roopey, Kandukaraye Shantha Sandhyawe
Asoka (Asoka Movietone's) Dir Sirisena Wimalaweera; Pro Dharmadasa Kulatunga; Mu P L A Somapala Sumith Bibile, Pushpa Janet, Ananda Weerakoon, Eddie Yapa, Punya Heendeniya, Benjamin Fernando, Vimala Kumari, S H Jothipala, Marshall Perera, N R Dias, G S B Rani, Seetha Nanayakkara Released on March 04, 1955 at Gamini (Maradana) & 9 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Thanivai Upanne, Paayana Sanda Se, Pem Suvandayi, Pem Pahana Nivee, Seeya Manamalaya
Mathabhedaya Dir B. A. W. Jayamanne; Pro B A W Jayamanne, Eddie Jayamanne, Rukmani Devi; Mu R A Chandrasena Rukmani Devi, B A W Jayamanne, Eddie Jayamanne, Mark Samaranayake, Senadheera Kuruppu, Peter Peiris, Mabel Blythe, Ruby De Mel Released on April 14, 1955. Popular songs included Samudurey Soya, Pem Malmaala, Aadara Paana Suda, Pem Seena Lokey Maaya
Seda Sulang (FilmCeylon's) Dir, Pro T Somasekaran; Mu S Dakshinamoorthy Prem Jayanth, Florida Jayalath, David Dharmakeerthi, Piyadasa Gunasekera, Dharmasri Ranatunga, Lilian Edirisinghe, Dommie Jayawardena, Richard Albert, Shanthi Abeysekera, M P Gilman, Sunil Premadasa, Padmini Dahanayake Released on June 24, 1955 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & 9 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Popular songs included Pem Kekula Pipee, Jeevana Mey Gamana, Somibara Pem Reli, Sri Lanka Ma Priyaadara (by Lata Mangeshkar), Gamana Dura Nisai
Mathalang (Sri Murugan Navakala) Dir A.S. Nagarajan; Pro S M Nayagam; Mu R Muttusamy Clarice De Silva, Shesha Palihakkara, Hugo Fernando, Mark Samaranayake, Peter Perera, Eddie Yapa, Bernard Perera, Pitipana Silva Released on August 27, 1955. Popular songs included Ranwan Dul Karalin, Handa Raahu Mukhayehi, Doi Doi Doi, Sirini Sarusara Veela, Pem Maala Gotha, Sulalitha Vu Kalaa, Hanika Yaman, Upatha Labaa
Perakadoru Bena (Jayamanne Cinematone) Dir A Bhaskar Raj; Pro B A W Jayamanne, Willie Jayamanne; Mu B S Perera Rukmani Devi, Eddie Jayamanne, Mark Samaranayake, Ruby De Mel, Mabel Blythe, Kingsley Rajapakse, Baptist Fernando, Willie Jayamanne Released on October 14, 1955. Popular songs included Muhudey Pathuley, Maage Pemwatha, Sithu Dey Lovey, Aadara Nadiya Galaa
Podi Putha (Lanka Navajeevana Films') Dir, Pro Sirisena Wimalaweera; Mu T F Latheef, M G Sugathadasa Sirisena Wimalaweera, Ananda Weerakoon, Pushpa Janet, N R Dias, Malani Ranasinghe, S H Jothipala, Eddie Junior, Marshall Perera, Pearl Vasudevi, Kumari Manel, Daya Wimalaweera Released on November 25, 1955. Popular songs included Mey Lokey Navaathena Ve, Kiri Muhuda Kelembeela

1956[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1956
Dosthara (Cinemas') Dir K Shankar; Pro K Gunaratnam; Mu R Sudarsanam Rukmani Devi, Eddie Jayamanne, Herbert M Seneviratne, Hugo Fernando, Mark Samaranayake, Kanthi Gunatunga, Udula Dabare, Shanthi Lekha, Sirimathi Rasadari Released on February 02, 1956 at Gamini (Maradana) & other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Ho Pem Raajaya, Vasanavantha Kala Labaa, Thaayam Maayam, Geyak Gaaney, Balaapalla Mey, Avisvaasayak
Dingiri Menika (Heladiva Film Arts') Dir A S A Samy; Pro S D S Somaratne; Mu S S Veda (assistant P L A Somapala) Cyrus W Surendra, Theja Seneviratne, Vimala Venetia, Bandula Sri Sarachchandra, Seetha Nanayakkara, Luman Rajapakse, Joseph Seneviratne Released on May 11, 1956 at Gamini (Maradana) & other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Maava Hanga Vaney, Peradiga Muthu Atayai, Sabaeve Seenaya Maagey, Pem Raajjaye, Giri Hel Muduney
Daiva Vipakaya Dir, Pro B. A. W. Jayamanne; Mu R A Chandrasena B A W Jayamanne, Senadheera Kuruppu, Dharmasri Ranatunga, Mabel Blythe, Ruby De Mel, Shirley Blythe, Grace Jayamanne, Dudley Wanaguru, Peter Peiris, Evelyn Balasuriya Released on May 23, 1956 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Popular songs included Saagara Himiya Soya, Surathaliye, Sudo Sudu Ran, Saraa Goiya
Duppathage Duka (Cinemas') Dir T R Sundaram, K Mithradas; Pro K Gunaratnam; Mu S Dakshinamurthy Laddie Ranasinghe, Hugo Fernando, Mark Samaranayake, Stanley Perera, Girly Gunawardena, Dommie Jayawardena, Kanthi Gunatunga, Millie Kahandawala, Vincent Vaas, Udula Dabare, Christie Leonard, Anthony C Perera Released on August 10, 1956 at Gamini (Maradana) & other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Chandra Kanthi Saagarey, Sri Lankawe, Lovey Deiyo Salli, Purahanda Lesa
Surathali (Ceylon Entertainments') Dir Cyril P Abeyratne; Pro Jabir A Cader; Mu T R Papa Ravindra Rupasena, Leena De Silva, Ananda Jayaratne, Rohini Jayakody, L M Perera, Premila Kuruppu, Lilian Edirisinghe, Sirimathi Rasadari, M P Gemunu, Kingsley Jayasekera Released on September 12, 1956 at Central (Maradana) & 17 other centres through Ceylon Entertainments circuit (first Sinhala film to be released through Ceylon Entertainments circuit). Popular songs included Siriya Me Saaraa, Sangeethey Rasey, Seetha Jaley, Saadhu Sri, Pitisarehi Agey, Alokey Deya.H. R. Jothipala's debut as a playback singer.
Ramyalatha (Sri Murugan Navakala) Dir A Bhaskar Raj; Pro S M Nayagam ; Mu R Muttusamy Aruna Shanthi, Clarice De Silva, Rita Ratnayake, Pujitha Mendis, Mark Samaranayake, Pitipana Silva, Boniface Fernando, Eddie Yapa, W Benedict Fernando Released on November 25, 1956 at Gamini (Maradana) & 11 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Maga Bala Balaa, Manamali Soka Velaa, O Premasiri
Rekava Dir Lester James Peries; Pro Chithralanka Co Ltd; Mu B S Perera (tunes by Sunil Santha) Ananda Weerakoon, Mallika Pilapitiya, D R Nanayakkara, Irangani Meedeniya, Somapala Dharmapriya, Myrtle Fernando, Nona Zubeida, Vincent Serasinghe, Shesha Palihakkara, Sunila Jayanthi, N R Dias, Mapa Gunaratne Released on December 28, 1956 at Elphinstone (Maradana) & 19 other centres through Ceylon Theatres circuit. Popular songs included Seegiri Landakage, Olu Nelum, Vesak Kekulu, Sudu Sanda Eliye. First Sinhala film photographed entirely "on location".
Sirakaruwa (Lanka Navajeevana Films') Dir, Pro Sirisena Wimalaweera; Mu T F Latheef Sirisena Wimalaweera, Mathias Fernando, Marshal Perera, S H Jothipala, Upasena Wimalaweera, Shanthi Abeysekera, N R Dias, Piyadasa Wijekoon Released on January 25, 1957. Popular songs included Dalu Laapu Gahey, Nancy Punchi Kaaley, Paramotthama Budu Piye

1957[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1957
Jeevitha Satana Dir Shanthi Kumar; Pro Ceylon Theatres; Sto D V Seneviratne, based on Tamil film En Veedu (1953) & Hindi film Gumastha (1953); Mu S S Veda; Lyr D T Fernando Shanthi Kumar, Seetha Jayawardena, Herby Seneviratne, Ayesha Weerakoon, Ananda Weerakoon, Shane Gunaratne, Millie Kahandawala, Shanthi Lekha, Austin Abeysekera, Senadheera Rupasinghe, Sebastian Jayasinghe Released on February 23, 1957. Popular songs included Lo Ambalamey, Pahath Thanin Yayi Galaa, Pem Sihine, Aadare Mihirey, Aneka Jaathi Sansaarey
Suraya (Cinemas') Dir T R Sundaram, Krishna Rao; Pro K Guaratnam; Dia Hugo Fernando (story based on Tamil film Thiruttu Raman (1956)); Mu S Dakshinamurthy; Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera, Hugo Fernando Laddie Ranasinghe, Herby Seneviratne, Alfred Edirimanne, Rohini Jayakody, Kanthi Gunatinga, Hugo Fernando, S D Elizabeth, Bandu Gunasekera, Anthony C Perera, Herbert Amerawickrema, Christy Leonard, Vincent Vaas, Vijitha Mallika, Pitipana Silva Released on March 29, 1957. Popular songs included Hithannako Aiye, Sanasilla Nalavilla, Duppathaata Ko Sepa, Dutu Daa Indalaa
Siriyalatha (Jayaruk Producers') Dir S S Rajan; Pro Eddie Jayamanne, Rukmani Devi; Mu R Muttusamy; Lyr Herbert M Seneviratne Rukmani Devi, Herbert M Seneviratne, Eddie Jayamanne, Mark Samaranayake, Ruby De Mel, Hugo Fernando, Letitia Peiris, Stanley Mallawaarachchi, Peter Peiris, Millie Kahandawala, S D Elizabeth Released on June 27, 1957. Popular songs included Somnas Vuna Hadey, Mey Kroora Lokehi, Samadaama Oba Magey, Alankaareni Saedu
Le Kandulu (Ramyakala Films, Panadura) Dir K Wellington Silva; Pro K Francis Silva; Mu T F Latheef; Lyr Hubert De Mel Ratna Kumari, Nanda Kumar, Arthur Titus Released on September 02, 1957. Popular songs included Amma Sihiva, Aa Seetha Sunila Jaley Filmed in 16 mm
Sukumalee (Bhavani Productions') Dir M K Samy, M Masthan; Pro M S Sivasamy; Sto K V Srinivas; Dia Sudas Maskorala; Mu P S Divakar Laddie Ranasinghe, Ayesha Weerakoon, Rita Ratnayake, Ananda Weerakoon, Christy Leonard, Sudas Maskorala Released on October 14, 1957. Popular songs included Kohendo Avilla, Magey Aadaraneeya Booruwo, Seethalai
Saradam Pro, Dir T Somasekaran; Mu S Dakshinamurthy; Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera Florida Jayalath, Stanley Perera, introducing Joe Abeywickrema, Kingsley Rajapakse, Richard Albert ("Tarzan") Released on November 29, 1957. Popular songs included Podi Kaaley Inda, Pem Hada Vimaney, Preethiyen Sathutin
Surasena (Pakshirajah Studios') Pro, Dir S M S Naidu; Mu S M Subbiah Naidu; Lyr Ananda Samarakoon Herby Seneviratne, Kanthi Gunatunga, Rohini Jayakody, Eddie Jayamanne, Mark Samaranayake, Ruby De Mel, Dommie Jayawardena, Piyadasa Gunasekera, Anthony C Perera, Peter Peiris, Bandu Gunasekera, Hugo Fernando, Lalitha Padmini Released on December 13, 1957. Popular songs included Athana Methana, Ananda Sreeya Vaehe, Aalokey Aalokey, Manaram Ranguman

1958[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1958
Ekamath Eka Rataka (Navajeevana) Pro, Dir Sirisena Wimalaweera; Mu Shelton Premaratne (debut) Turin Fernando, Rita Doreen, Nanda Hettiarachchi, S H Jothipala, N R Dias, Malini Ranasinghe, Lilian Edirisinghe, Daya Karunaratne Released on February 14, 1958
Vanaliya (Ceylon Studios') Scr, Dir B. A. W. Jayamanne (based on Tamil film Minnal Kody); Mu R A Chandrasena; Lyr A J De Zoysa B A W Jayamanne, Shirley Blythe, Dharmasri Ranatunga, Patricia Walker, Sumithra Walker, Mabel Blythe, Grace Jayamanne, Austin Abeysekera Released on February 21, 1958. First production of Ceylon Studios, Narahenpita (owned by Ceylon Theatres Ltd). Popular songs included Vanamala Oyaada
Sohoyuro (Sri Murugan Navakala) Dir A Bhaskar Raj, L S Ramachandran; Pro S M Nayagam; Mu R Muttusamy; Scr A S Nagarajan; Dia W Benedict Fernando Clarice De Silva, Aruna Shanthi, Ravindra Rupasena, Leena De Silva, Ananda Jayaratne, Pitipana Silva, Eddie Yapa, Joseph Seneviratne, Pujitha Mendis, Millie Kahandawala, Vijitha Mallika, Richard Albert, Boniface Fernando Released on March 15, 1958. Anjeline De Lanerolle's first film as a playback singer (Aadarey Ambarey with Sidney Attygalle). Popular songs included Kerakevi Ratha Rodey
Deiyanne Rate (Heladiva Film Arts) Dir L S Ramachandran; Pro S D S Somaratne; Pho S S Nathan; Mu P L A Somapala; Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera Senadheera Kuruppu, Punya Heendeniya, Dommie Jayawardena, Piyadasa Gunasekera, Rohini Jayakody, Jennie Winifrida, Alfred Edirimanne, Dharmasri Caldera, Lilian Edirisinghe, C T Fernando Released on May 01, 1958. Based on the novel by W A Silva. Popular songs included Himabima Paalana, Siripaada Himey, Rella Kiri Welley, Seetha Sunil Diya, Mokatada Kaasi Baagey
Salli Malli Salli (Kanthi Films) Dir M R S Mani; Pro Dr K E Karunaratne, K K Panikkar (an India-Lanka co-production); Mu P S Divakar; Sto, Dia David Dharmakeerthi; Lyr A J De Zoysa Prem Jayanth, David Dharmakeerthi, Shanthi Lekha, Rosalind Fernando, Manel Samaranayake, Daya Abeysekera Released on July 18, 1958. Popular songs included Hari Peni Peni Rasa, Siriyawa Mathuve Vinodey, Aakase Ihala Paavenawa, Saadu Priye Bhagawa
Daskama (Ceylon Studios) Dir Jyotish Sinha; Pro Bertram Fernando; Mu Edwin Samaradiwakara; Dia, Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera Ravindra Rupasena, Disna Ranjani, Dudley Wanaguru, Bertram Fernando, Millie Kahandawala, Shanthi Abeysekera Released on July 25, 1958. Popular songs included Devlowa Devsepa, Vaasanawa Paedevi, Goyam Paseela, Mada Diye Pipunata, Ipida Marey, Honda Kala Aa Daa
Suneetha (Ceylon Entertainments) Dir P Neelakantan; Pro Jabir A Cader; Mu T R Paapa; Dia, Lyr W Wilfred Silva (story based on Tamil film Vaalvile Oru Naal) Ravindra Rupasena, Rita Ratnayake, Kingsley Rajapakse, Leena De Silva, Christy Leonard, Punya Heendeniya, L M Perera, Lilian Edirisinghe, Asoka Ponnamperuma, Henry Jayasena Released on August 21, 1958. Popular songs included Seedevi Roobari, Preethi Bo Vey, Pem Lokayak Mavaala
Sepali (Meena Movies) Dir W M S Tampoe; Pro Robin Tampoe; Pho Krishnamoorthy; Mu Sathoor & P Vembu Stanley Perera, Florida Jayalath, Mark Samaranayake, Rita Ratnayake, Anthony C Perera, Christy Leonard, Vincent Vaas Released on October 10, 1958. Story based on Hindi film Dulari (1949). Popular songs included Dedenage Aaley, Mey Saumya Raathri, Ayi Aney Vedanaa
Vana Mohini (Cinemas') Dir A Bhaskar Raj, T R Sundaram; Pro K Gunaratnam; Mu S Dakshinamurthy; Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera; Dia K Hugo Fernando (story based on Tamil film Vanamohini (1941)) Herbie Seneviratne, Kanthi Gunatunga, Rohini Jayakody, Piyadasa Gunasekera, Hugo Fernando, David Dharmakeerthi, Richard Albert, Vincent Vaas, S D Elizabeth, Sirimathi Rasadari, Anthony C Perera Released on December 12, 1958 at Gamini (Maradana) & 19 other centres through Cinemas Ltd circuit. Popular songs included Sihineki Baala Kaaley, Mini Pahana Obai, Pipena Piyuman, Enavayi Keevey, Kola Kada Kada

1959[edit]

Title Credits Cast Notes
1959
Avishvasaya Sto, Dir T Somasekaran; Pro Lionel Gunatilake, T S omasekaran; Mu R Muttusamy; Dia Kingsley Rajapakse; Lyr Sudam Wanigatunga Prem Jayanth, Florida Jayalath, Joe Abeywickrema, Baptist Fernando, M V Balan, Kingley Rajapakse, Sudam Wanigatunga Released on February 04, 1959. Popular songs included Maa Sitha Preethi
Ma Alaya Kala Tharuniya (Navajeevana Movietone) Pro, Dir, Dia, Lyr Sirisena Wimalaweera; Sto D V Seneviratne; Mu Shelton Premaratne Aruna Shanthi, Ananda Weerakoon, Kumari Manel, Bandu Munasinghe, N R Dias, S H Jothipala, E Marshall Perera, Piyadasa Wijekoon Released on February 20, 1959
Daivayogaya (Lakdiva Film Co Ltd) Dir S K Ojah; Pro E Alfred De Soysa, E J C De Soysa; Mu Sajjad Hussain; Lyr Sri Chandraratne Manavasinghe, Hubert Disanayake, Sarath Wimalaweera, Henry Dharmasena, Dharmasri Kuruppu Rukmani Devi, Senadheera Kuruppu, Eddie Jayamanne, Gamini Fonseka, Mark Samaranayake, Sirimathi Rasadari Released on April 18, 1959. Story based on novel by W A Silva. Popular songs included Doi Doiya Putha, Adarayai Karunavai, Aadariye Ruchirananiye, Hada Gileyi Ama Mihirey, Jeevitha Gamaney, Umbey Naambara
Purusha Rathnaya (Vijitha Kala Producers) Sto, Dir A.S. Nagarajan; Pro Swarna Abeynayake (first woman to produce a Sinhala film); Dia W Benedict Fernando; Mu R Muttusamy; Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera, W Benedict Fernando Prem Jayanth, Clarice De Silva, Millie Kahandawala, Baptist Fernando, Eddie Yapa, Pitipana Silva, Piyadasa Wijekoon, Richard Albert, Vijitha Mallika, Baby Doreen, Master Morrington Released on May 09, 1959. Popular songs included Aiyaata Mey Rajagey, Sinhala Jaathiya, Jeevithey Gangaavaki, Gajamuthu Hara Paradaa
Sri 296 Sto, Dir Premnath Moraes (story based on Hindi film C I.D. (1956)); Pro Sri Films Ltd; Dia K A W Perera; Mu P L A Somapala; Lyr Karunaratne Abeysekera, Chitrananda Abeysekera, Gunaratne Abeysekera Punya Heendeniya, Joe Abeywickrema, Henry Jayasena, Sudam Wanigatunga, Kingsley Rajapakse, Sumithra Fonseka (Dorothy Valencia), Sirimathi Rasadari, M V Balan Released on May 20, 1959. Popular songs included Jeevana Gangaa Ivurey (filmed in Eastmancolour), Mang Aava Lockup Eken, Wediya Honda Narakai
Sihinaya (Jayanthi Producers Ltd) Dir T Janaki Ram; Pro M B D Amarasinghe, M W Perera; Sto, Lyr A J De Zoysa (story based on English film Vendetta (1950?)); Mu Paandurangan Dommie Jayawardena, Rohini Jayakody, Senadheera Kuruppu, Asoka Ponnamperuma, Lilian Edirisinghe, Ayesha Weerakoon, M V Balan, D R Nanayakkara, Ruby De Mel, Piyadasa Gunasekera Released on July 03, 1959. Popular songs included Lova Maayamaki
Gehenu Geta Dir Jyotish Sinha, T Somasekaran; Pro Ceylon Studios; Sto, Lyr Sisira Kumara Manikkaarachchi (story based on English film The Fabulous Senorita (1952), Hindi film Albela (1951) and Tamil film Manmagal Thevai (1957)); Mu Shelton Premaratne, R Muttusamy Henry Jayasena, Kumari Bibile, Dudley Wanaguru, Udula Dabare, Florida Jayalath, Vincent Weerasekera, Joe Abeywickrema, Sisira Kumara Manikkaarachchi, Navanandana Wijesinghe, Hema Gunawardena, Irene Gunaratne Released on July 24, 1959. Popular songs included Ran Wala Thotilley, Aale Mihira Penna, Amaraneeya Geethey
Sirimalee (Alancina Producers') Dir Robin Tampoe; Pro P L Buddhadasa, Meena Tampoe; Mu V Krishnamurthy; Dia, Lyr Chitrananda Abeysekera Boniface Fernando, Sujatha Wijesekera, Asoka Ponnamperuma, Joe Abeywickrema, David Dharmakeerthi, Rita Carmaline, Christy Leonard, Rosalind Fernando, Vincent Vaas Released on September 11, 1959. Popular songs included Akasey Aavasey, Eyi Vadhey Mey, Pem Hada Morayi
Hadisi Vivahaya Dir B. A. W. Jayamanne; Pro Ceylon Studios; Sto, Dia D V Seneviratne; Mu B S Perera; Lyr A J De Zoysa B A W Jayamanne, Shirley Blythe, Dharmasri Ranatunga, Ruby De Mel, Dudley Wanaguru, Mabel Blythe, Austin Abeysekera, Patricia Walker, Premalal Edirisinghe Released on November 14, 1959. Popular songs included Prema Dhara Eyi, Surathaliye

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