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Remembering the reel Super Star - Vijaya Kumaratunga

21st death anniversary of Vijaya Kumaratunga falls today

Stars may come and go, but real super stars like charismatic film star-turned-politician Vijaya Kumaratunga will always live in the hearts and minds of the masses for generations to come.

Vijaya was Sinhala cinema’s undisputed romantic hero who mesmerized the audiences for more than 20 years as an actor and singer, but he will be remembered forever not only for his overall reel performances but also for the bold steps he took in real life towards resolving the ethnic conflict.


The Seeduwa-born film star whose ambition was to someday become a police officer though his parents wanted him to become a doctor, finally made his movie debut in Hanthane Kathawa and before the release of his first film he was signed up by more than 12 filmmakers.

That alone spoke volumes about the talent, dedication and commitment of the people’s star who for years bagged the most popular actor award continuously until his untimely death on February 16, 1988.

The old boy of St. Benedict’s College Kotahena and De Mazenod College Kandana, learnt dancing under Shesha Palihakkara and acting under P. Welikala and J.H. Jayawardana.

He first faced the cine camera in a crowd scene in ‘Manamalayo’. Then he responded to a newspaper advertisement calling for new actors, paving the way for him to play the lead role in Sugathapala Senarath Yapa’s ‘Hanthane Kathawa’.

The Vijaya-Malani combination was also a significant era in the Sinhala cinema. The two crowd-pulling stars were featured in hits like Hathara Denama Soorayo, Thushara, Sussie, Sangeetha, Ganga, Diyamanthi, Unnath Dahai Malath Dahai, Eya Den Loku Lamayek, Pembara Madhu, Bambaru Ewith, Newatha Hamuwemu and others.

Vijaya was also featured opposite popular actress Geetha Kumarasinghe in memorable movies like Karumakkarayo,  Obatai Priye Adare, Maruwa Samaga Wase, Vijaya Geetha and other hits.

During his last years, Vijaya’s only dream was to clinch the award for the best actor. Though he did come close to winning the award through some spectacular performances, the award did not become a part of his possession. Tragically, when he finally won the award for his powerful role in ‘Kedapathaka Chaya’ it was just over a year after he was gunned down in front of his Polhengoda home.

Nearly 20 films of Vijaya were released in the first ten years since his death. The last was ‘Eya Obata Barai’ which was screened in 1998.

Interestingly even a year after his death he was voted the most popular actor.

Vijaya was not only a good actor but also a good singer. He is probably the only individual who has bagged awards for the best actor and best singer.

Above all, almost all film personalities who had associated Vijaya vouch for the fact that beyond everything else, he was a good human being.

- Ramesh Uvais

Vijaya Filmography

 (In the order of release)

Manamalayo (1967)

Romeo Juliet Kathawak

Hanthane Kathawa

Priyanga

Ran Onchilla

Hathara Denama Soorayo

Abhirahasa

Kesara Sinhayo

Bindunu Hadawath

Samanala Kumariyo

Edath Sooraya Adath

    Sooraya

Me Desa Kumatada

Adare Hithenawa Dekkama

Wana Raja

Thushara

Hathdinnath Tharu

Hondama Welawa

Dahakin Ekek

Ahas Gawwa

Duleeka

Susee

Senakeliya

Pem Kurullo

Sikuruliya

Lassana Dawasak

Sangeetha

Pradeepe Ma Wewa

Wasana

Ganga

Yar Awal

Diyamanthi

God King

Unnath Dahai Malath Dahai

Adarei Mang Adarei

Sakunthala

Hariyanakota Ohoma Thamai

Hithuwoth Hithuwamai

Pembara Madhu

Eya Den Loku Lamayek

Maruwa Samaga Wase

Wishmaya

Selinage Walawwa

Kundala Keshi

Bambaru Ewith

Sally

Kumara Kumariyo

Sanda Wata Ran Tharu

Ahasin Polowata

Anupama

Geheniyak

Hingana Kolla

Monarathenna

Eka Hitha

Akke Mata Awasara

Podi Malli

Tk Tik Tuk

Kanchana

Ganga Addara

Karumakkarayo

Raja Dawasak

Nanguram

Para Dige

Kinduru Kumari

Pani Malargal

Baddegama

Walampuri

Suriyakantha

Iwalum Oru Pen

Geethika

Anjana

Hondama Naluwa

Maha Gedara

Sakwithi Suwaya

Yasa Isuru

Bicycale

Rahasak Nethi Rahasak

Kiri Suwanda

Thakkita Tharikita

Mihidum Sihina

Paramitha

Newatha Hamuwemu

Kadawunu Poronduwa

Sandamali

Siwu Ranga Sena

Pasa Mithuro

Samanala Sihina

Welle Thenu Maliga

Binari Saha Sudu Banda

Kokila

Rana Derana

Birinda

Jaya Sikurui

Peralikarayo

Gimhane Gee Nade

Dew Duwa

Jaya Apatai

Pooja

Yugayen Yugayata

Yukthiyada Shakthiyada

Kawuluwa

Raja Wedakarayo

Ran Damwel

Obatai Priye Adare

Ahinsa

Mamai Raja

Badulu Kochchiya

Kedapathaka Chaya

Nommara 17

Waradata Danduwam

Randenigala Sinhaya

Dese Mal Pipila

Thanha Asha

Weera Udara

Saharawe Sihinaya

Madhu Sihina

Kristhu Charithaya

Madhusamaya

Soorayan Athara Weeraya

Vijaya Geetha

Shakthi

Hitha Honda Soorayo

Eya Obata Barai


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