KALA KEERTHI DHARMASIRI BANDARANAYAKE : RENOWNED FILM  ACTOR, PLAYWRITER, DIRECTOR, DRAMATIST, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF FILMS AT PINNACLE OF FAME – by Sunil Thenabadu   Kala Keerthi Dharmasiri Bandaranayake the recipient of the ‘Ran Thisara award in year 2018 is a film actor, playwriter, director ,dramatist and producer of films and stage plays is a predominantly the renowned ‘civil and political activist’ who loved to work to bring about political or social changes by campaigning in public. The beginning of the film career of Bandaranayake was not all that rosy.At that time in the decade of eighties the script had to be passed by the General Manager of National film Corporation  Dr DB Nihalsinghe who had given the film a c grade rating which had prevented  Bandaranayake in qualifying for a loan to proceed.Then by sheer quirk he had met Chairman of Bake House group  Albert Jayasinghe who had wanted Bandaranayake to submit the budget to which he had agreed (Rupees ...

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Tribute to actor Wimal Kumara de Costa the unsung hero of the silver screen By Sunil Thenabadu The unsung hero of the silver screen and stage, renowned actor Wimal Kumara de Costa breathed his last owing to intense respiratory difficulties on the 20th November 2016 after he was admitted to the Kalubowila Teaching hospital on the 19th with a severe chest pain when he was preparing himself for a programme in a FM radio station  He was 68 years old at the time of his demise was an actor most distinguished for his character and comedy roles portrayed under the direction of legendary directors like Dharmasena Pathiraja, Sunil Ariyaratne and Gamini Fonseka.He is cited as the  pioneer in Sri Lanka mime industry.  Wimal was very famous for “his action or art of imitating someone” in which he excelled initially which he successfully portrayed to entertain or ridicule. He virtually introduced this ...

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