Sangeetha Weeraratne

Sangeetha Weeraratne

Sangeetha Weeraratne (born December 131973) is an award-winning actress in the Sri Lankan cinema. 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 even 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.

Biography

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 School, 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 2001.

Career

Sangeetha made her debut in to the silver screen through her father, who had numerous connections with people in the cinema industry. 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's wife in Aswesuma directed by Bennet Ratnayake. She was also crowned the Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress for three consecutive years from 2001-2003.

Some films where she played memorable roles include Saptha Kanya, Nomiyena Minisun, Maruthaya, Duwata Mawaka Misa, Dorakada Marawa, Kinihiriya Mal, Aswesuma, Salelu Warama and Dheewari.

She launched her first production with the film, Sewwandi directed by Vasantha Obeysekara in 2006.

Her latest film is Uppalawanna directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, where she plays the role of 'Upuli' and later the bhikkhuni, 'Uppalawanna'.

Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
2007 Uppalawanna Uppalawanna (Upuli)
2007 Sankranti Pam
2006 Sewwandi Kumari
2006 Dheewari Valli
2006 Nilambare Madhu
2005 Guerilla Marketing Rangi
2004 Mille Soya Princy
2003 Salelu Warama Nirmala
2002
2001 Aswesuma Guneris's Wife
2000 Kinihiriya Mal Sanduni
1998 Dorakada Marawa Subhashini
1997 Duwata Mawaka Misa Thushari
1997 Pawuru Walalu
1994 Nomiyena Minissu
1993 Saptha Kanya Deepthi
1991 Maruthaya
1990 Its a Matter of Time Shaleena

Awards

1993 - Sarasaviya Best Newcomer Award for ‘Saptha Kanya
1994 - Sarasaviya Best Actress Award for 'Nomiyena Minissu'
1995 - Sarasaviya Merit Award for 'Maruthaya'
1996 - Critic Award for Best Actress in 'Dorakada Marawa'
1998 - OCIC Best Actress Award for 'Dorakada Marawa'
1999 - Best Supporting Actress Award for 'Pawuru Walalu' (Presidential Award)
2000 - Outstanding Young Personality - Junior Chamber Sri Lanka for the contribution to the arts
2001 - Sarasaviya Best Actress Award and Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award for 'Aswesuma'
2002 - Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award
2003 - Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award
2006 - Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award

References

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