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Sirisena Wimalaweera
සිරිසේන විමලවීර
1901 - 1963
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SUMMARY

NATIONAL AWARDS

1Special Award - For Cinema Native Appearance
4th Deepashika Award Ceremony 1974
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Podi Putha
Main Actor
1955
2Sirakaruwa
Actor
1957

AS CREW MEMBER

1Amma
Director / Producer / Script / Dialogs
1949
2Seedevi
Director / Producer / Story / Dialogs
1951
3Pitisara Kella
Director / Producer / Story / Dialogs
1953
4Sujatha
Dialogs
1953
5Warada Kageda
Dialogs
1954
6Saradiyel
Director / Producer / Story / Dialogs
1954
7Asoka
Director
1955
8Podi Putha
Director / Producer / Story / Script / Dialogs
1955
9Sirakaruwa
Director / Producer / Story / Script
1957
10Ekamath Eka Rataka
Director / Producer / Story
1958
11Ma Alaya Kala Tharuniya
Director / Producer / Dialogs
1959
12Vanamala
Director / Producer
1960

AS SONG CREW

1Amma
  • Lyrics - Dawasak Da
  • Lyrics - Jeevitha yathra
  • Lyrics - Kama deiyage rupe
  • Lyrics - Payaala geba
  • Lyrics - Ma paninawa kelani gange
  • Lyrics - gaala kadagena
  • Lyrics - Bhawa paara durai
  • Lyrics - Maarga palen
  • Lyrics - Karadara baariye
1949
2Seedevi
  • Lyrics - Geetha ase mihira
  • Lyrics - giya ma hara duk gini di
  • Lyrics - Maa paada chaari
  • Lyrics - Maha meru parwatha raaja
  • Lyrics - Nidi mara mara dutu
  • Lyrics - O paaya ewi purna chandraya
  • Lyrics - pala athi rukata
  • Lyrics - Pitupala noyanu
  • Lyrics - Prema thathe hapi
  • Lyrics - Seedevi
  • Lyrics - Swami oba maage
1951
3Pitisara Kella
  • Lyrics - Aadara Baarita Orawana Minisa
  • Lyrics - Aale Kala Muth Panata Pana Se
  • Lyrics - Umbai Ape Nade Gura
  • Lyrics - Kanek Nisa Loke
  • Lyrics - Govaa Bonchi Thumbu Karawila
  • Lyrics - Deka Rupe Mage
  • Lyrics - Mal Pipewwa Tharuna Hithe
  • Lyrics - Me Loke Pene
  • Lyrics - Handapaana Mam
1953
4Sujatha
  • Lyrics - Premalookaya Niwee
  • Lyrics - Pem Rella Nage
1953
5Warada Kageda
  • Lyrics - Prema Sahara Kanthare
1954
6Saradiyel
  • Lyrics - Kala Balapanko
  • Lyrics - Kandu Hel Pallam
  • Lyrics - Duka Witharada Me Lowehi
  • Lyrics - Kule Giyaden Heiya
  • Lyrics - Hamuwa Pem Sulangak
  • Lyrics - Hitha Mage Piruna
  • Lyrics - Premehi Sihine Kedi Giyaa
  • Lyrics - Budune
1954
7Podi Putha
  • Lyrics - Ge Wate Gana Andura
  • Lyrics - Sun Una Me Jeewitha Asha
  • Lyrics - Lokaya Maayawe
  • Lyrics - Kohe Indala
  • Lyrics - Weenawaki Tin Tin
  • Lyrics - No Vacancies
  • Lyrics - Kiri Muhuda
  • Lyrics - Me Loke Nawaathanawe
1955
8Sirakaruwa
  • Lyrics - Tikiri Tikiri Tikiri Liya
  • Lyrics - Lo Paalana Sri Vishnu
  • Lyrics - Dalulapu Gahe
  • Lyrics - Sansare man Mula vu
  • Lyrics - Paramoththama Budu Piye
  • Lyrics - Nancy Punchi Kaale
  • Lyrics - Maawa Alla[an Babo
1957
9Ekamath Eka Rataka
  • Lyrics - Nidahas Ira Paaya Akase
  • Lyrics - Bole Yakada Yaka
  • Lyrics - Etha Gamaka
  • Lyrics - Sukumala banda Lelawaalaa
  • Lyrics - Dedunu Namawa Malsara Heeyen
1958
10Ma Alaya Kala Tharuniya
  • Lyrics - Prehelikawaki Mage Loke
  • Lyrics - Kalakaarayekne
  • Lyrics - Punsanda Paayaa
  • Lyrics - Enna Enna
  • Lyrics - Odi Helei
  • Lyrics - Lokaya Bihi Vu Daa Sita
  • Lyrics - Paalu Sithe Suli Nanwa
  • Lyrics - Nasewi Nasewi
  • Lyrics - Atha Pitisara
1959
11Vanamala
  • Lyrics - Wana Malak Athera Daala
  • Lyrics - Gan therai Kele Handapaanai
  • Lyrics - Aw Ammaa Wahenaa
  • Lyrics - Buduwe Buduwe
  • Lyrics - Hulla Huppi Yanki
  • Lyrics - Andala Sudu Sele
  • Lyrics - Pem Mal Kekula Wataa
  • Lyrics - Pipiri Giya
  • Lyrics - Rim Jim Jim Naade
1960
BIOGRAPHY

Sirisena Wimalaweera (born 23 June 1901 – died 24 August 1963 as සිරිසේන විමලවීර) [Sinhala]) was a Sri Lankan filmmaker and theater master. He made several critically acclaimed films from 1949 to 1960. He is the first independent Sinhalese and Sri Lankan to direct a Sinhala film and first Sinhala Independent Producer.

Personal life


Wimalaweera was born on 23 June 1901 in Tangalle. He was a man of good knowledge about different languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, etc. At the age of eleven, he traveled to India with his uncle to study Ayurvedic medicine. But, unfortunately, he got the idea of doing drama. He has two daughters - Somawathi and Premawathi; and three sons, Daya, Upasena and Ranjith. His elder son Daya Wimalaweera was a popular film director, cameraman, script writer and also a producer. Upesena Wimalaweera is also a sound engineer and editor.

Wimalaweera was rushed to the Khalil Private Hospital in Maradana and was 62 years old when he died on August 24, 1963.

Career


Wimalaweera came back to Sri Lanka and did many dramas and Wimalaweera went to the Neptune studio in South India on November 19, 1948 and spent eight months producing his first film Amma in 1949. His second feature Seedevi was produced the following year. He directed many stage plays such as Gan Wathura, Seedevi, Amma, Rodi Kella and Heladiva Purangana.

He continued his film career by directing many films such as Pitisera Kella and Saradeyal in 1954, Podi Putha in 1955, Asoka in 1957, Ekamath Eka Rataka in 1958, Ma Alaya Kala Tharuniya in 1959, and many more.

He also received an award for best film Podi Putha in 1956 as well as the film was critically acclaimed as his best film. He himself introduced many actors and singers too.[5] Podiputha won the award for the Best Film at the 1956 Deepashika Film Festival. He directed the first film in Sri Lanka with cartoons, Ekamath Eka Rataka in 1958. His 1955 film Asoka was the only Sinhala film to screened in China according to "Motion Picture" magazine. His film Ma Ale Kala Tharuniya was adjudged the best movie of the year at the 1959 cinema's edited by Jayawilal Wilegoda. In 1960, Wimalaweera started the film Punchi Amma and introduced Tony Ranasinghe into the silver screen. In the meantime, Wimalaweera has started the film Rodi Kella and has selected Sandya Kumari for the first time to play the lead role. This film also marked Premasiri Khemadasa's first musical directorial debut.

Wimalaweera's films attempted to stay true to Sinhala history and culture and are considered a step forward in Sinhala cinema. Due to his indefatigable efforts a film studio named "Nawajeewana" was built in Kirobathgoda, Kelaniya which was established on 13 September 1951, which is known as the only studio owned by a Sri Lankan filmmaker. His style and techniques were similar to Jayamanne's work however and Wimalaweera didn't receive critical approval.
 

 
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