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Anoja Weerasinghe
අනෝජා වීරසිංහ
1955
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SUMMARY

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
1Best Actress (Maldeniye Simiyon) Silver Peacock Awards
11th International Film Festival - 1987
India

 
NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Merit Award

6th Presidential Award 1984
Muhudu Lihini

2 Best Supporting Actress

13th Sarasaviya Awards - 1985
Hithawathiya

3 Merit Award

7th Presidential Award 1985
Hithawathiya

4 Best Performance Award

14th Sarasaviya Awards - 1986
Mihidum Salu

5 Best Actress

9th Presidential Award 1987
Maldeniye Simiyon

6 Best Actress

15th Sarasaviya Awards - 1987
Maldeniye Simiyon

7 "Ranathisara" Award

15th Sarasaviya Awards - 1987

8 Best Actress

14th OCIC Award Ceremony 1987
Maldeniye Simiyon

9 Best Actress

18th Sarasaviya Awards - 1990
Sirimadura

10 Best Actress [2nd]

17th OCIC Award Ceremony 1990
Sirimadura

11 Best Actress

20th Sarasaviya Awards - 1992
Kelimadala

12 Best Actress

19th OCIC Award Ceremony 1992
Kelimadala

13 Best Actress

10th Presidential Award 1994
Gurugedara

14 Best Actress

22nd Sarasaviya Awards - 1994
Surabidena

15 Best Actress

6th Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1994
Surabidena
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Monarathenna
Actress
1979
2Tak Tik Tuk
Actress
1980
3Sinhabahu
Actress
1980
4Amme Mata Samawenna
Actress
1981
5Geethika
Actress
1981
6Dayabara Nilu
Actress
1981
7Aradhana
Actress
1981
8Saranga
Actress
1981
9Kele Mal
Main Actress
1982
10Kaliyugaya
Actress
1983
11Hasthi Viyaruva
Actress
1983
12Pasamithuro
Main Actress
1983
13Manik Maliga
Actress
1983
14Monarathenna II
Actress
1983
15Muhudu Lihini
Actress
1983
16Thaththai Puthai
Actress
1984
17Nivan Dakna Jathi Dakva
Actress
1984
18Hithawathiya
Actress
1984
19Batti
Actress
1984
20Mihidum Salu
Main Actress
1985
21Maubima Nathnam Maranaya
Actress
1985
22Araliya Mal
Main Actress
1985
23Channai Kello Dennai
Main Actress
1985
24Aya Waradida Oba Kiyanna
Main Actress
1985
25Obata Divura Kiyannam
Main Actress
1985
26Vasity Kella
Actress
1985
27Mal Varusa
Actress
1986
28Peralikarayo
Actress
1986
29Maldeniye Simiyon
Main Actress
1986
30Maldeniye Simiyon
Main Actress
1986
31Devuduwa
Actress
1986
32Hitha Honda Chandiya
Actress
1987
33Janelaya
Main Actress
1987
34Sathyagrahanaya
Actress
1987
35Kele Kella
Actress
1987
36Ahinsa
Actress
1987
37Ko Hathuro
Actress
1988
38Newatha Api Ekwemu
Main Actress
1988
39Mamai Raja
Actress
1989
40Obata Rahasak Kiyannam
Main Actress
1989
41Sinasenna Raththaran
Main Actress
1989
42Randenigala Sinhaya
Main Actress
1989
43Sirimadura
Main Actress
1989
44Yukthiyata Wada
Main Actress
1990
45Veera Udara
Actress
1990
46Pem Rajadahana
Main Actress
1990
47Hitha Hoda Puthek
Main Actress
1990
48Sihina Ahase Vasanthe
Main Actress
1991
49Kelimadala
Main Actress
1991
50Hithata Dukak Nathi Miniha
Actress
1991
51Esala Sanda
Main Actress
1991
52Ran Hadavatha
Main Actress
1991
53Ranabime Veeraya
Main Actress
1992
54Raja Daruwo
Main Actress
1992
55Me Vaare Mage
Main Actress
1992
56Gurugedara
Main Actress
1993
57Surabidena
Main Actress
1993
58Veli Sulanga
Main Actress
1993
59Shakthi
Actress
1994
60Vijey Saha Ajey
Main Actress
1995
61Seilama
Main Actress
1995
62Eya Obata Barai
Actress
1998
63Julietge Boomikawa
Main Actress
1998
64Anduru Sewaneli
Main Actress
1999
65Miss Lanka [ Co-Productions ]
Main Actress
2002
66Thahanam Gaha
Main Actress
2002
67Pura Sakmana
Actress
2003
68Yakada Pihatu
Main Actress
2003
69Thanha Rathi Ranga
Actress
2014

AS CREW MEMBER

1Kele Mal
Producer
1982
2Obata Divura Kiyannam
Producer
1985
3Obata Rahasak Kiyannam
Producer
1989
4Kelimadala
Producer
1991
5Julietge Boomikawa
Producer
1998
BIOGRAPHY

Anoja Weerasinghe comes from the hinterlands of Sri Lanka and spent her early years in a completely rural environment. On reaching adulthood, she migrated to the capital, Colombo, and became involved in acting on both stage and screen. Today Anoja is one of the country’s best known and most popular actresses, showered with National and International laurels for her skills.

Anoja's first role on screen was a 30 second appearance in TAK TIK TUK in 1978. Since then she has gone on to work in the popular cinema, portraying the romantic heroine with as much ease as she plays the harried village wife, appearing in over 80 films so far and capturing the hearts and the imagination of film-goers both locally and internationally.

As Anoja says, it is her experience of life in a village community which has enriched and enhanced her understanding of life in general. It has also enabled her to play the roles of village women in a convincing and down-to-earth manner. Her adaptation to urban life came later on and today she straddles both worlds, urban and rural, simple and sophisticated, with equal ease and finesse.

In 1987, Anoja was awarded the Silver Peacock for Best Actress at the 11th International Film Festival held in Delhi India, for her portrayal of the dual roles of mother and daughter in D B Nihalsinghe's MALDENIYAE SIMEON. Her sensitive performances of the roles of these two quite different women within one film also won accolades for her within Sri Lanka, including the prestigious President's Award.

Anoja went on to play leading roles in a series of outstanding films in Sri Lanka and continued to win praise from film critics and popular audiences alike. Over and over again she proved that she was able to take on any challenge that was thrown her way as an actress, playing the role of a farming woman as well as she did that of an urbanized woman, playing a young debutante with the same ease with which she played a politician's middle-aged mistress.

Having attained such heights with no formal training, in 1989 Anoja enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and was awarded a Diploma on the successful completion of her course of studies there.

Following the completion of her diploma at LAMDA Anoja completed a special course on acting at the Drama Studio London. Since 1990 to date Anoja has been receiving advanced training under the expert tutelage of Sue Weston in Movement, Stress & anger Management and Balancing. Anoja has received special voice training under Barbara Housemann of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, and been trained further in the Western style of singing by Theresia Vanzethema. Her expertise in North Indian Classical singing has come from the training she has received from Sangeeth Nipun Manjula Seneviratne & Prof. K K Kapoor of Lucknow University in India.

Not only did this decision to undergo formal training demonstrate the seriousness with which Anoja herself treats her profession, it has also enhanced her performances in depth of understanding as well as in style.

Over the years, Anoja has received many awards for acting as well as for her overall contribution to the cinema, both within Sri Lanka and abroad. She acknowledges this not only as a recognition of her talent and skill as an actress but also as a recognition of Sri Lankan cinema. 

Anoja says her success has been in part an achievement of one of her dreams which is to work towards the development of Sri Lankan cinema and to see it honoured among its peers worldwide.

In 1990, she was honoured with the Kohinoor Award presented by the Governor of Tamilnadu. In Sri Lanka, the state has awarded her the Kala Shuri, a lifetime achievement award. In 1994, NETPAC and the Asian Film Centre organized a Tribute to her work in New Delhi. India. In 1995, the state governments of Kerala and West Bengal organized a retrospective of Anoja's films at the International Film Festivals held within their stales In July 1996. Following this there was a retrospective of her films at the Munich International Film Festival.

It is Anoja's intelligence, combined with her keen understanding of the complexity of the human psyche and her deep awareness of what it means to be a woman in contemporary society that enables her to recreate characters on screen in a realistic and emotive manner. 

This is also what makes it possible for her to transcend national boundaries and reach out to film audiences all over the world. Within Sri Lanka, her contributions to the industry as a film producer has demonstrated her commitment to the development of the indigenous film industry.

In modern Sri Lankan cinema, Anoja is perhaps the actress who has received most acclaim outside her own shores. For instance the retrospective in Munich marked the first occasion on which a Sri Lankan actress has been thus honoured. Her retrospectives are perhaps the best acknowledgement of the respect that Anoja Weerasinghe has earned for her work in cinema throughout the world.

 
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