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Asoka Ponnamperuma
අශෝක පොන්නම්පෙරුම
1936 - 1993
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Asoka Ponnamperuma අශෝක පොන්නම්පෙරුම
Samaraweera Asoka Ponnamperuma
  • Birthday : 1936 May 03
  • Died : 1993 April 02
  • NATIONAL AWARDS

    1Best Supporting Actor
    6th Sarasaviya Awards - 1969
    Indunila
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CAST MEMBER

    1Suneetha
    Actor
    1958
    2Sihinaya
    Actor
    1959
    3Sirimalee
    Actor
    1959
    4Sundara Birinda
    Actor
    1960
    5Suvinitha Lalani
    Main Actor
    1961
    6Ganthera
    Actor
    1961
    7Suhada Divi Piduma
    Actor
    1962
    8Suhada Sohoyuro
    Main Actor
    1963
    9Heta Pramada Vadi
    Actor
    1964
    10Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
    Actor
    1964
    11Suba Sarana Sapa Sithe
    Actor
    1964
    12Samiya Birindage Deviyaya
    Actor
    1964
    13Patachara
    Actor
    1964
    14Sasaraka Hati
    Actor
    1964
    15Sithaka Mahima
    Actor
    1964
    16Sathutai Kandulai
    Actor
    1965
    17Hithata Hitha
    Actor
    1965
    18Sweep Ticket
    Actor
    1965
    19Maha Re Hamuwu Sthriya
    Actor
    1966
    20Athulveema Thahanam
    Actor
    1966
    21Sudu Duwa
    Actor
    1966
    22Sanda Nega Eddi
    Actor
    1966
    23Sanasili Suvaya
    Actor
    1966
    24Layata Laya
    Actor
    1966
    25Ranrasa
    Main Actor
    1967
    26Ipadune Ai
    Actor
    1967
    27Iwasana Dana
    Actor
    1967
    28London Hamu
    Main Actor
    1968
    29Hangi Hora
    Actor
    1968
    30Hangi Hora
    Actor
    1968
    31Indunila
    Actor
    1968
    32Dehadaka Duka
    Actor
    1968
    33Kohomada Wede
    Actor
    1969
    34Pick Pocket
    Actor
    1969
    35Pancha
    Actor
    1969
    36Suhada Pathuma
    Actor
    1973
    37Sinavai Inavai
    Actor
    1973
    38Shanthi
    Actor
    1974
    39Damayanthi
    Actor
    1975
    40Sadhana
    Actor
    1975
    41Hadavathaka Vasanthaya
    Actor
    1975
    42Ran Thilaka
    Actor
    1976
    43Sudu Paraviyo
    Actor
    1977
    44Jeewana Kandulu
    Actor
    1979
    45Ran Kurullo
    Actor
    1979
    46Senasuma
    Actor
    1981
    47Kokila
    Actor
    1984

    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Pradeepaa
    Director
    1982
    BIOGRAPHY

    He was born on 3 May 1936 in Colombo. His father Don Charles Ponnamperuma was a journalist, who worked as editor-in-chief of the Buddhist paper Sinhala Bauddhaya in 1950. His mother was Premawansha Mithrawaththa. Ashoka completed his education from Ananda College.
     
    He was married to a fellow film actress, Manel Lona Elizabeth Perera. The wedding was celebrated on 4 December 1965. Manel first acted in the film Deepashika and then appeared in few films such as Sihina Hathak, Sekaya, Layata Laya, Ruhunu Kumari and Sanda Nega Eddi. The couple has three sons - Anuradha, Sumedha, Chaminda and one daughter, Manjula.[4] Asoka and Manel co-acted in few films such as Layata Laya, Dehadaka Duka, Ruhunu Kumari and London Hamu.
     
    He died on 2 April 1993 at the age of 56 from heart attack. Although all funeral work is to be completed within 24 hours after his death, his request was unable to comply due to curfew in the country and the delay in the post mortem.
     
    At the age of 14, he started to act in school stage dramas. Then he mastered music under R. A. Chandrasena. He won the first place in all island music competition in that year, which got the attention from musician Lionel Edirisinghe. Asoka met his acting hero L. M. Perera in a tea shop and asked about acting in a film. After few days, he received a message about a role and moved to Colombo. In 1958, his maiden cinema acting came through the film Suneetha directed by P. Neelakantan with a dual role. Then he acted in many popular films such as Sihinaya, Sundara Birinda, Suwineetha Lalani, Ganthera and Samiya Birindage Deviyaya.[1] In 1969, he won the award for the Best Supporting actor for the film Indunila at Sarasaviya Film Festival.
     
    Asoka wrote the book Mal Manda Bisaw which is based on a true story about a prostitute that he met at Maradana Police Station. Then he wrote the book Ai Mata Mehema Une. By using the book, he script his first film direction Pradeepa which was screened on 2 July 1982.
     
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