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B.A.W. Jayamanne
බි.ඒ.ඩබ්ලිව්. ජයමාන්න
1908 - 1965
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B.A.W. Jayamanne බි.ඒ.ඩබ්ලිව්. ජයමාන්න
Bernard Aloysius Wanniarachchi Jayamanne
  • Birthday : 1908 May 02
  • Died : 1965 February 16
  • 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
    17Rahas Dupatha [ 16mm ]
    Film Supervision
    1967
    18Magul Poruwa
    Director / Script / Dialogs
    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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