Actors/Actresses

Pubudu Chathuranga

Eththiligoda Vidana Gamage Pubudu Chathuranga, popularly as Pubudu Chathuranga (born 12 November 1982 in Galle), is a Sri Lankan actor, model and screenplay writer. He has been nominated for best actors awards twice, and won the Best Actor (2012) in The Derana Lux Film awards for his performance in the movie Challenges in 2011. Chathuranga has also been awarded Sarasaviya Awards and SIGNIS Awards several times.

Early life and family

Pubudu was born in Kithulampitiya, Galle. His mother, L.I Weththasinghe, is a housewife born in Colombo who moved to Galle after marrying his father, E.V.G Somasiri, in the 1970s. He has one sister, Dushanthi Thamodini.His surname, Pubudu, came from his father’s personal name, given to him by his grandfather. The name Pubudu means “blossoming of wisdom”, and Chathuranga stands for any four noble things.

School and education

Pubudu attended Richmond College in Galle, which his father had also attended. His school drama performances started in grade 1, where he acted in a comedic street play, “Mahadana Muththa”. Afterwards he appeared in fourteen other stage dramas at the school, including ten English plays, for example Julius Caesar. He organised his own theater group when he was in grade 12 and carried out his own theatrical productions, such as Miriguwa (Eyes Wide Shut) and Histhanak. He was selected to receive higher education as a candidate for a Higher National Diploma in Engineering (HNDE), and he moved to Colombo. However, he became more involved in the arts than maths.

Television career

Pubudu started his career by appearing on stage in Trojan Women by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake. He then moved to television with a teledrama of Prof. Ariyarathna Athugala, named Samanala Kandawura. Pubudu became popular, landing recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Sara (2006), Lokkaiya (2007), Gajamuthu (2008) and Ran Samanalayo (2010) and Modara Walla (2017) and Devliye (2017). He also appeared as a TV presenter, with successful musical chats such as Sikurada Rae (Derana TV) and Copy Chat (Hiru TV). He also hosted Hiru Golden Film Awards in two occasions with Mahendra Perera in two times.

Cinema career

He made his film debut in the comedic youth film Hiripoda Wassa (2004) and received his first notable critical award for this performance through the Sarasaviya Awards. Pubudu obtained recognition for his subsequent work in supporting roles in Tharaka Mal (2006) and Dancing Stars (2007), as well as a leading role in Kanyavi (2007), for which he received an award from SIGNIS Awards.He made an international appearance in Uberto Pasolini’s award winning movie Machan (2008).

Since the 2000s, Pubudu has appeared in 20 movies with locally and internationally recognised directors. His stage career became successful after he appeared in Nari Burathi (2012), where he played the main role. His writing career started in childhood and prospered after he wrote the movie Sara, “The first Sri Lankan movie which is written based out of a TV serial”[according to whom?]. He has also written movies such as Pravegaya and Maayaa.

 

Filmography

 

Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Hiripoda Wassa Sithum Sinhala Performance award in Sarasaviya awards
2007 Tharaka Mal Parthipal Sinhala
2008 Machan Spoilt son Sinhala
Dancing Star Sinhala
Paya Enna Hiru Se Sudu Malli Sinhala
2009 Kanyavi Madhawa Sinhala Performance award in SIGNIS
2010 Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe Prasad Sinhala
Sara Denuka Sinhala
2011 Sinhawalokanaya Cyril Sinhala
Challenges Ranuk Sinhala Best Actor in Derana – Lux Film Awards
2012 Super Six Bhathiya Sinhala
2013 Samanala Sandhawaniya Vadisha s’ elder brother Sinhala
2014 Parawarthana Siripala Sinhala
2015 Pravegaya Wasantha Sinhala
2016 Cindrella Sinhala
July 7 Pubudu Sinhala
Sakkarang Milton Sinhala
Maya 3D Malan Sinhala
2017 Devani Warama Kusal Karaliyadda Sinhala
TBD Seema Nehe Akase Sinhala Post-production
TBD Surangana Lowin Awilla Sinhala

 

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