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B.A.W. Jayamanne
බි.ඒ.ඩබ්ලිව්. ජයමාන්න
1908 - 1965
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SUMMARY

NATIONAL AWARDS

1Favourite Actor [3rd] 5,237
Dinamina Ranga Madala 1956
2Best Actor
1st Deepashika Award Ceremony 1956
Kele Handa
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Kadawunu Poronduwa
Main Actor
1947
2Kapati Arakshakaya
Actor
1948
3Weradunu Kurumanama
Main Actor
1948
4Peralena Iranama
Actor
1949
5Hadisi Winishchaya
Main Actor
1950
6Sengawunu Pilitura
Actor
1951
7Umathu Wishwasaya
Actor
1952
8Kele Handa
Main Actor
1953
9Iranganie
Main Actor
1954
10Mathabhedaya
Main Actor
1955
11Daiva Vipakaya
Main Actor
1956
12Vanaliya
Main Actor
1958
13Hadisi Vivahaya
Main Actor
1959
14Jeevitha Pujava
Main Actor
1961
15Mangalika
Main Actor
1963
16Magul Poruwa
Main Actor
1967

AS CREW MEMBER

1Kadawunu Poronduwa
Story / Script / Dialogs
1947
2Kapati Arakshakaya
Story / Script / Dialogs
1948
3Weradunu Kurumanama
Story / Script / Dialogs
1948
4Peralena Iranama
Story / Script / Dialogs
1949
5Hadisi Winishchaya
Director / Producer / Story / Dialogs
1950
6Sengawunu Pilitura
Director / Producer / Story / Dialogs
1951
7Umathu Wishwasaya
Director / Producer / Story / Script / Dialogs
1952
8Kele Handa
Director / Producer
1953
9Iranganie
Director / Producer / Story / Editor / Dialogs
1954
10Mathabhedaya
Director / Producer / Script / Dialogs
1955
11Daiva Vipakaya
Director / Producer
1956
12Vanaliya
Director / Producer / Story
1958
13Hadisi Vivahaya
Director / Producer
1959
14Kavata Andare
Director / Producer / Story
1960
15Jeevitha Pujava
Director / Producer
1961
16Mangalika
Director
1963
17Magul Poruwa
Director / Director
1967
BIOGRAPHY

Bernard Aloysius Wanniarachchi Jayamanne who was better known as B.A.W. Jayamanne (20 May 1908 – 16 February 1965) was a Sri Lankan playwright, director, producer and actor.[1] He played a major role in the making of the first Sinhala film Kadawunu Poronduwa in 1947; Jayamanne achieved a level of popularity as a director with movies starring Rukmani Devi and Eddie Jayamanne in the 1950s.

PERSONAL LIFE


Aloy was born on 2 May 1908 in Periyamulla, Negombo to W. Don Thomas, a teacher at Maris Stella College. He along with younger brother Eddie formed the Minerva theater group in the 1930s and achieved some fame running plays that depicted contemporary middle class and village situations in contrast to the Tower Hall plays popular at the time which featured archaic tales of Sri Lankan kings. The Minerva dramas usually featured Rukmani Devi, Eddie and Jemini Kantha in the lead roles.

Aloy died on February 16, 1965 while making the film Magul Poruwa. It was completed by S. Ramanathan.

CINEMA CAREER


Around 1947, Aloy was approached by South Indian producer S. M. Nayagam to turn his popular play Kadawunu Poronduwa into a movie. Nayagam had noted its popularity and concluded that it would be a fairly viable investment. Although having misgivings initially, Aloy relented and the film was produced and released to commercial success in April 1947.

Aloy subsequently oversaw the adaption of a couple of his other plays before trying his hand at directing with Hadisi Vinischaya (with Mabel Blythe taking over for Jemini Kantha) in 1949. Due to the infancy of the film industry, BAW managed to dominate box office with minimal competition over the following years. Sangawunu Pilithura was released in 1951 and Umathu Wishwasaya in 1952.

Aloy had one of his biggest hits with Kele Handa in 1953; it made Sri Lankan film history as the first direct literary adaption and introduced actress Rita Ratnayake. His subsequent films include Iranganie (1954), Mathabedaya (1955, introducing actress Ruby de Mel), Daiva Vipakaya (1956), Wanaliya (1958), Hadisi Vivahaya (1959), Kawata Andare (1960), Jeewithe Pujawe (1961), Mangalika (1963) and Magul Poruwa (1967).

 
 
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