Bandusena Samarasinghe, popularly known as Bandu(Born 22 November 1955) is an actor in Sri Lankan cinema. He entered the film industry in 1975 with in Sadahatama Oba Mage(Forever You is My) film. Actor, singer, director, and producer, Bandu is a popular comedy actor throughout 1990-2005 decade, revolutionizing the cinema history with his slapstick comedy roles with late Freddie Silva and comic duo partner Tennyson Cooray. He starred in films like Rodaya(1995), Pemmal Mala(1998), Left Right Sir (2004), and Peeter One (2013). His most promising and blockbuster acting came through Re Daniel Dawal Migel and Cheerio film series and Somi Boys.
Bandu was on born on 22 November 1955 in a family of five children. His father Kegalle Podi Mahaththya (1917-1980) was a mechanic and his mother Lellagaha Goda Iskole Hamine (1925-2007) was a teacher. His pre school education came through St. Savior Convent and secondary education by St. Mary’s College, Kegalle.
Career as an actor
Started as early as 1972 at the age of 17 or so, Bandu started his cinema career with the Sadahatama Oba Mage. He acted in slapstick comedies along with Freddie Silva in the 1980s. He has acted more than 85 Sri Lankan films up to 2015 and almost 95 percent of the films are comedy type and very few were drama type.
As a director
Before his comedy partner, Tennyson Cooray moved to direction in 2013, Bandu started to showcase his talents in direction. His first direction film Rodaya released in 1995 and gained lots of attraction.
His first teledrama acting came under his own direction, through Dara Garaj. And he acted few telidramas like Roy de Silva’s Tarzan Ape Man, Giriraj Kaushalya’s Nana Kamare and Sikuru Lanthe. His first “Bandu Live In Concert” was held on 2005 and after 11 years, he performed his next Bandu Live In Concert on 27 August 2016 at BMICH.
Director and actor
|1995||Rodaya||Also as Producer|
|1997||Pemmal Mala||Also as Producer|
|2004||Left Right Sir|
|Sinhayo Wagei Api||Peralikarayo||H.R. Jothipala|
|Visky Kade Pusa||Peralikarayo||–|
|Rubber Walalu Uda Yakada Godak||Nommara Ekai||Chandra Devadhithya|
|Mis Konda Kirilli||Nommara Ekai||–|
|Warella Warella||Nommara Ekai||Somasiri Fernando, Chandra Devadhithya|
|Kada Bendala||Yukthiyada Sahakthiyada||Freddy Silva|
|Goni Billa Ko||Hitha Honda Puthek||Freddy Silva, Ananda Perera|
|Raja Ubane Gona||Okkoma Kanapita||Freddy Silva|
|Aluth Irak Aluth Sandak||Madhu Sihina||Anjaleen Gunathilake, Mervyn Perera|
|Ehe Yanawa Kawruth Ehe Yanawa||Bambara Kalape||Freddy Silva|
|Lan Wela Lan Wela||Ali Baba Saha Horu 40||Anjaleen Gunathilake|
|Nawa Hiru Sandu Payala||Rodaya||Milton Mallawarachchi|
|Me Rate Weddu||Inspector Geetha||Freddy Silva, Christien Gunawardena|
|Cheerio Kiyala Me Api Yanne||Cheerio Captain||Greyshan Ananda, Freddy Silva|
|Wadath Agei Hithath Hondai||Cheerio Captain||Greyshan Ananda|
|Ale Karannam Romiyo Mage||Cheerio Darling||Latha Walpola|
|Sanda Amathuma Widiyata Me Raye||Pem Mal Mala||Latha Walpola|
|Ne Ma Eda||Pem Mal Mala||Latha Walpola|
|Chuti Mage Podi Patto||Kauda Bole Alis||–|
|Roobara Siribara||Hai Hui Babi Achchi||Maya Damayanthi, Mervyn Malewana, Koreen Almeida|
|Doti Doti Bodime Doti||Hai Hui Babi Achchi||Sunil Perera, Gemunu Wijesuriya|
|Kawdai Kawdai||Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2||Sangeeth Wickramasinghe, Champa Kalhari, Kushani Sandarekha|
|Goori Boori Waada Bheeda||Oba Koheda Priye||Freddy Silva, Anjaleen Gunathilake, Latha Walpola|
|Gamaralai Moda Relai||Supiri Balawatha||H.R. Jothipala, Ananda Perera|
|Sulange Hemin Ennako||Peeter One||–|
|Tomiya Karawala||Peeter One||–|
|Pawee Enu Mena||My Name Is Bandu|
|Lassana Mal Mal||–||Uresha Ravihari|