Malini Fonseka
Sri Lankan actor-politician
Malini Fonseka
Malani Senehelatha Fonseka is an award-winning Sri Lankan film actress, also known as the "Queen of Sinhalese cinema". Her cinema career which has spanned many decades began with Tissa Liyansooriya's Punchi Baba in 1968. She first earned recognition, when she won the 'Best Actress Award' at the 1969 National State Drama Festival This was followed by Sarasaviya Best Actress Awards for Hingana Kolla in 1980, Aradhana in 1982 and Yasa Isuru in 1983.
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Life Size Wax Statues sculpted in Sri Lanka - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
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He says that he became interested in this art after a study made about the London Museum. His first creation is a statue of the artiste Mahendra Perera. He has also sculpted the statue of Malini Fonseka. He says that it is his intention to sculpt
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Female Strategies in Asian Politics - The Island.lk (subscription)
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Someone like Malini Fonseka should have a specific role with regard to cultural activity, perhaps through chairing a committee to ensure good use of our new national theatre building, which is in danger of being just that, a building, rather than a
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US builds closer, strategic ties with Tamil Nadu - Sunday Times.lk
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At a meeting in the town of Chavakachcheri, once a battle ground for fierce fighting between troops and Tiger guerrillas, he found actress-turned-UPFA-parliamentarian, Malini Fonseka on the stage. He told an announcer to declare in Tamil that it was
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President visits Parliament - The Island.lk (subscription)
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After leaving the Chamber, the President proceeded to his office where he met veteran cinema personalities such as Dr. Lester James Peiris, Sumithra Peiris, Indian artiste Adur Gopal Krishnan and MP Malini Fonseka. After that meeting the President had
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House approves royalty payments to artistes - Daily Mirror
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UPFA National List MP Malini Fonseka who welcomed the new regulations said it would be a great help to artistes. She said the new regulation comes as a result of a meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa had with a group of artistes recently
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FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; To the Dacha Born, in Sri Lanka
NYTimes - over 13 years
An opening credit informs us that the Sri Lankan director Lester James Peries's new film, ''Mansion by the Lake,'' which is having its premiere as part of the New York Film Festival, was adapted from ''The Cheery Orchard.'' This misspelling more than summarizes the film; ''Mansion by the Lake'' is a bland, pitted reconfiguring of Chekhov. The
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Malini Fonseka
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    On April 2010, she was appointed to the Sri Lanka Parliament as a National List of United People's Freedom Alliance.
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    In 2010 she has been named by CNN as one of Asia's 25 greatest film actors of all time.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Malini's career enhanced with Gamini Fonseka and both who had a long journey in history of the silver screen. Malini stated at Gamini's funeral in 2004, "His performance had appeal across the board and I had the good fortune of being associated with Gamini.
    More Details Hide Details The cinema of that era is slowly fading away and the passing away of Gamini is another step towards that direction". Fonseka was the first Sri Lankan actress to reach international heights, winning a special Jury award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1975. This was to be the first of her many international awards.She also won an award at the New Delhi Film Festival in 1977. Apart from the many Sarasaviya Awards she has won, she has also earned other honours like the Presidential Awards, OCIC Awards and also international recognition.
  • 2000
    Her most recent awards include the "Best Actress Award" for the teledrama "Kemmura" at the Sumathi Tele Awards Ceremony, 2000 and Wishva Prasadhini Award as appreciation of her service to the cinema industry from the President in 1996. Malini Fonseka felicitation ceremony titled Maliniye held at the BMICH on 30 April 2003 with the participation of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for her four decades of contribution to the Cinema of Sri Lanka in more than 150 films.
    More Details Hide Details Sri Lankans living in USA gathered in large numbers at Los Angeles to honour legendary actress Malini in January 2008. Also a special dinner hosted by the Consular General of Sri Lanka Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Wickramasuriya and the Consulate staff. A special ceremony organised for her to present an Appreciative Plaque by the Consulate General of Los Angeles Jaliya Wickramasuriya with the participation of representative groups of the community, Associations, renowned artists and actors and well wishers and fans of actress Malini Fonseka. Sarasaviya Awards won by Fonseka:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    She has directed two other films so far: Ahinsa in 1987 and Sthree in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details She paired up with popular Tamil actor, Sivaji Ganeshan in Pilot Premnath in 1978. Later on, she also worked in the television industry. Fonseka has won praise for her performance in Manalada Puthe Kiri Dunne, Pitagamkarayo, Kemmura, and Ambu Daruwo teledramas. She won the Sumathi Best Tele Actress Awards for her roles in Pitagamkarayo and Kemmura. She has also made her mark as a teledrama director, with successful creations such as Sanasili Suwanda. She even had the honour of being the first female teledrama director in the history of Sri Lanka teledrama history, when she, both directed and acted in her first teledrama Nirupamala. Her latest film is Uppalawanna directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne.
  • 1986
    On 12 June 1986, she married Lucky Dias, a veteran Cinema and teledrama actor and producer.
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  • 1984
    Some of her successful films include Nidhanaya by Lester James Peiris, Siripala Saha Ranmenika by Amaranath Jayathilake, Eya Den Loku Lamayek and Bambaru Ewith by Dharmasena Pathiraja. She achieved a significant milestone in her artistic career with Sasara Chetana in 1984, where she became both its director and producer.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    She made her debut with Tissa Liyansuriya's Punchi Baba (The little Baby) in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details These films were followed by Abudasse kale, Dahasak Sithuwili and Adarawanthayo in the same year. With the critical success she gained with these, she was offered the lead role by several movie directors of the time. Fonseka has acted in over 140 movies since then, some of which were international movies.
    In 1968, Fonseka won the best stage drama actress national award for her performance in Akal Wessa.
    More Details Hide Details She has since played the lead role in 14 stage dramas. She entered the cinema industry through one of her brothers, Ananda Fonseka, who was both a film director and producer but was introduced to the cinema itself by Tissa Liyansuriya and Joe Abeywickrama.
  • 1963
    Fonseka started her acting career with stage dramas. In 1963, she made her entry to stage dramas with "Noratha Ratha".
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  • 1952
    Born as the third child to the Gilbert and Seelwathie Fonseka at Peliyagoda, Kelaniya. After Malini was born, her family moved to Jambugasmulle, Nugegoda. In 1952 she started her education at St. John's College, Nugegoda until the 5th grade.
    More Details Hide Details After moving of the family to Wedamulle, Kelaniya she was enrolled at Gurukula Maha Vidyalaya, Kelaniya until completing her education.
  • 1947
    Born on April 30, 1947.
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