Swarna Mallawarachchi

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Swarna Mallawarachchi
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Swarna Mallawarachchi (left) in 2017
Born Sri Lanka
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1966–Present

Swarna Mallawarachchi is a Sri Lankan film actress, also known as the "Golden star of Sinhalese cinema". She began her acting career whilst still a schoolgirl - starring in the 1966 released Sinhalese film Sath Samudura directed by Siri Gunasinghe.[1] During a career that spans over 40 years, Swarna has won the 'Best Actress Award' 26 times.[2]

Biography[edit]

Swarna left Sri Lankan cinema for a brief period in the 1970s to live abroad. When she returned after a four-year absence there was an influx of new actresses. Swarna accepted supporting roles from directors during this period however obtained the Best Actress awards for these roles during these years. A hint at the excellence of her talent. Swarna Mallawarachchi holds the highest number of 'Best Actress' awards in Sri Lanka.

In her off-screen life, Swarna is an example of the roles she portrays on-screen. A strong, independent woman who has achieved the best in life for herself and her family. She was appointed the UNHCR ambassador for women's rights in Sri Lanka since 2004.

Swarna's truly unique role as an actress is evident in films such as Vasantha Obeysekera's Dadayama (The Hunt) and Kadapathaka Chayava (Reflections in the Mirror), Dharmasiri Bandaranayake's Suddhilage Kathawa (The Story of Suddhi) and Bava Duka / Bava Karma, Sumitra Peries' Sagara Jalaya (Letter Written in the Sand) and Prasanna Vithanage's Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul).[3]

Filmography[edit]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[4]
Year No. Film Role
1967 159 Sath Samudura Soma
1969 219 Hanthane Kathawa
1970 232 Thunman Handiya Yasawathi
1970 233 Nim Wallala
1971 247 Samanala Kumariyo Samaga Api Kawadath Surayo
1973 269 Mathara Achchi Sumithra aka Sumi
1973 274 Gopalu Handa
1973 276 Hondama Welawa
1974 282 Ahas Gauwa Vijitha
1980 457 Muwan Palessa 2
1980 459 Sankhapali Sugala
1980 460 Hewanali Eda Minissu
1980 462 Hansa Vilak Miranda Ranaweera
1980 465 Sinhabahu Supra
1981 494 Anjana
1981 503 Chanchala Rekha Kamala
1982 523 Ridee Nimnaya Leelawathi
1982 526 Kiri Suwanda
1982 534 Kala Mal
1982 536 Biththi Hathara Samara
1982 542 Yahalu Yeheli Gina
1983 558 Dadayama Rathmali Kekunawela
1983 567 Samanala Sihina
1983 569 Muwan Palessa 3
1984 602 Maya Kumari's mother
1985 618 Suddilage Kathaawa Suddi
1985 622 Doringe Sayanaya
1985 630 Karadiya Walalla
1986 643 Maldeniye Simion Gunawathi
1987 653 Yugayen Yugayata
1987 663 Kawuluwa
1988 683 Sagara Jalaya Madi Haduwa Oba Sanda Heen Kella
1989 687 Kedapathaka Chaya Nandawathi Bandara
1993 791 Madara Parasathu Chithra
1994 819 Mee Haraka Yamuna Nanayakkara
1995 842 Ayoma Ayoma
1997 877 Bawa Duka Nona Hami
1997 886 Bawa Karma Nona Hami
1998 899 Chanda Kinnari
2001 954 Anantha Rathriya Weerasinghe Arachchige Piyumi
2004 1036 Premawanthayo
2014 1213 Thanha Rathi Ranga Manorani
2016 1251 Age Asa Aga

Awards[edit]

  • 1981 Presidential Awards - Best Actress - Hansa Vilak
  • 1982 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Ridi Nimnaya/Biththi Hathara/Yahalu Yeheli
  • 1983 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Dadayama
  • 1983 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Dadayama
  • 1984 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Maya
  • 1985 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Suddilage Kathawa
  • 1985 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Suddilage Kathawa
  • 1986 Presidential Awards - Best Actress
  • 1988 Swarna Sanka Awards - Best Actress - Sagara Jalaya
  • 1988 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Sagara Jalaya
  • 1988 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Sagara Jalaya
  • 1998 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Channa Kinnari
  • 1989 Swarna Sanka Awards - Best Actress - Kadapathaka Chaya
  • 1989 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Kadapathaka Chaya
  • 1996 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Anantha Rathriya
  • 1997 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Bawa Duka
  • 1997 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Bawa Duka
  • 1997 Presidential Awards - Best Actress - Bawa Duka
  • 1998 Presidential Awards - Best Actress - Channa Kinnari
  • 1998 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Channa Kinnari
  • Rana Thisara Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Bangladesh Film Development Board Award
  • Zonta Woman of the Year Award[5]
  • Sanpac Felicitation Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - ABC Media Network
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Presidential Film Awards 2017
  • 2017 Derana Film Awards - Best Actress - Age Asa Aga
  • 2017 Signis Awards - Best Actress - Age Asa Aga
  • 2017Sumathi Awards - U.W. Sumathipala Memorial Award Lifetime Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ "She is "Swarna"". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Swarna: The golden star of Sinhala cinema". TV Times (Sri Lanka). 15 January 2006. ISSN 1391-0531. 
  3. ^ Swarna Mallawarachchi
  4. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Neely (14 January 2005). "Off-Screen Activist". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 

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