Actors/Actresses

Amarasiri Kalansuriya

Amarasiri Kalansuriya, popularly known as Kalan (born September 20, 1940), is a Sri Lankan actor. He was born in Kandy, and is an alumnus of Dharmaraja College. Kalansuriya made his first film appearance alongside Vijaya Kumaratunga in Hanthana Kathawa. His next film Ahas Gauwa won him a best actor award in 1974.

Early life

Kalansuriya was born in September 20, 1940 in Sri Lanka to Kalansuriya Francis Appuhami and Bengamuwa Arachchige Podi Hamine. Kalansuriya attended Dharmaraja College in Kandy. Kalansuriya was thrust into a parent role at the age of 17 when his mother died and he was left to take care of his three brothers. Kalansuriya left the world of film behind, finding work as a casual laborer earning RS 1.75 per day. Kalansuriya began his career life from the Agricultural Department in Mahiyanganaya as a minor worker. After that he worked as a lance corporal in Sri Lankan Air Force for six years. Then worked in Mallika Studio in Mahanuwara and then he worked in Mahanuwara Lion Cafe.

After a quarrel with a boss he vowed to not work under anyone and went off to pursue less strict work. In this pursuit he saved up Rs. 300 and started a small business selling clothes in Kegalle and Peradeniya. Successful he moved up into tailoring and owned two tailor shops. Here he got the chance to make clothes for the army and rub shoulders with rising political figures like Lalith Athulathmudali.

Acting career

Kalansuriya accepted an invitation from H. D. Premaratne to star in the film Apeksha in 1978. His second film after the hiatus, Parithyagaya, won him more awards from OCIC and Sarasaviya. He won Best Supporting Actor for Puja in Presidential Award in 1986. Kalanasuriya had a leading role in the first television serial made in Sri Lanka, Dimuthu Muthu directed by D. B. Nihalsinghe. After another hiatus, Kalansuriya returned to film with Shilpa Denumena in 2001.Directed by Rodney Widanapathirana.

 

Year Title Director
1969 Hanthane Kathawa Sugathapala Senarath Yapa
1978 Apeksha H.D. Premarathna
1970 Akkara Paha Dr. Lester James Peiris
1978 Anupama Sunil Ariyaratne
1974 Ahas Gauwa Darmasena Pathiraja
1975 Tharanga Vimal Waidyasekara
1978 Babaru Awith Darmasena Pathiraja
1986 Puja Dharmasiri Gamage
2004 Diya Yata Gindara Udayakathna Warnasuriya

 

Personal life

Amarasiri Kalansuriya and Ajantha Thalatha Kumari Ekanayaka get married in December 18 ‘ 1971. And this couple have three children, Duminda, Madumathi, Vindya.

 

Filmography

Year Film Role
1969 Reyath Dawalath
1969 Hanthane Kathawa
1970 Akkara Paha
1970 Nim Walalla
1974 Ahas Gauwa
1975 Tharanga
1978 Apeksha
1978 Anupama
1978 Bambaru Awith
1979 Podi Malli
1980 Kanchana
1980 Parithyaga
1980 Sinhabahu
1981 Vajira
1981 Sagarayak Meda
1982 Pradeepaa
1982 Yasa Isuru Suranga
1982 Sakvithi Suvaya
1983 Samanala Sihina
1984 Welle Thenu Maliga
1985 Rajina
1985 Doringe Sayanaya
1986 Puja
1986 Mal Varusa
1987 Podi Vijey
1990 Pem Rajadahana
1991 Dolosmahe Pahana
1994 150 Mulleriyawa
1994 Ambu Samiyo
1994 Ahas Maliga
2004 Diya Yata Gindara Jayakody
2009 Rosa Mal Sayanaya
2014 Que Sera

 

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