Actors/Actresses

Sangeetha Weeraratne

Sangeetha Weeraratne (born in December 13, 1973 is an award-winning Sri Lankan actress in the Sri Lankan cinema and television. 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 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.

Personal life

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 College 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 2002.

Career

Sangeetha made her debut in to the silver screen through the renowned director Roy de Silva with his film It’s a Matter of Time in 1991. 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’ wife in Aswesuma directed by Bennet Ratnayake. She was also crowned the Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress for three consecutive years from 2001–03.

Some films where she played memorable dramtic roles include Saptha Kanya, Nomiyena Minisun, Maruthaya, Duwata Mawaka Misa, Dorakada Marawa, Kinihiriya Mal, Aswesuma, Salelu Warama and Dheewari. She also appeared in few blockbuster comedy movies such as Dawal Migel Ra Daniyel series and Sapata Dukata Sunny as well.

She launched her first production with the film, Sewwandi directed by Vasantha Obeysekera in 2006. Her latest dramtic film is Uppalawanna directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, where she plays the role of Upuli and later the bhikkhuni, Uppalawanna was also critically acclaimed.

Filmography

Since his first film in 1991, she has acted more than 40 films which are commercially successful.

Awards

She is a receipient of many state awards in many times for many categories.

Sarasaviya Film Festival

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1993 Saptha Kanya Best Newcomer Won
1994 Nomiyena Minissu Best Actress Won
1995 Maruthaya Merit Award Won
2002 Maruthaya Most Popular Actree Won

Presidential Film Festival

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 Pawuru Walalu Best Supporting Actress Won

Critic Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1996 Dorakada Marawa Best Actress Won

OCIC Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Dorakada Marawa Best Actress Won

Other Festivals

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Junior Chamber of Arts of Sri Lanka Outstanding young personality Won
2001 Aswesuma Best Actress Won
2001 Aswesuma Most Popular Actress Won

 

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