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Anoja Weerasinghe
අනෝජා වීරසිංහ
1955
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SUMMARY

Anoja Weerasinghe අනෝජා වීරසිංහ
Anoja Weerasinghe
  • Birthday : 1955 January 21
  • 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
    Main 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
    70Bonikka (New)
    Actress
    2015

    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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