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Ravindra Randeniya

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ravindra Randeniya
MP
Member of Parliament
for Gampaha District
In office
2001–2004
Majority56,449 Preferential Votes
Member of Parliament
for National List
In office
2000–2001
Personal details
Born
Liyanage Boniface Walter Perera

(1945-06-05) June 5, 1945 (age 76)
Dalugama, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Spouse(s)Preethi Pramila (m. 1974)
ChildrenSachindra Nirmal
Sameera Manabarana
Umayangana Indrachapa
OccupationActor, Politician
Known forCinema

Liyanage Boniface Walter Perera (born 5 June 1945), popularly known by his stage name Ravindra Randeniya, is a Sri Lankan actor and former politician.[1] He rose to fame in Lester James Peries's film Desa Nisa in 1972, and was a popular actor during the 1970s and 1980s; He won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award in 1984 (Dadayama), 1985 (Maya), 1989 (Sandakada Pahana), and 1990 (Sri Medura).[2]

Randeniya hosted the quiz program Mind Star on ITN, which gain huge publicity.[3]

Personal life

Randeniya was born in Dalugama, Kelaniya Sri Lanka in 1945 as the second child in a family with 6 siblings.[4] His father, L.P. Perera was a well known businessman in Dalugama, Kelaniya who was popular in the brass hinge industry. His mother was Caroline Egodawatte, born in Sapugaskanda. Ravindra has one elder brother: Callistus, two younger sisters: Gertie, Helen, and two younger brothers: Amal and Shantha.[5]

Randeniya attended St. Benedict College in Kotahena. His beloved friend was his classmate Vijaya Kumaratunga. Though he was a good student, he failed to pass his A-level examination and didn't pursue higher education. Randeniya instead joined his family business of manufacturing hardware products.[6]

Dalugama was a small village filled with paddy fields and streams. Randeniya appreciated nature growing up often spending evenings looking over the fields; he was also an avid reader from a young age immersing himself in the works of acclaimed Sinhala authors like Martin Wickremasinghe, Prof.Ediriweera Sarachchandra, Kumaratunga Munidasa, and Wimalaratne Kumaragama.[6]

Randeniya is married to fellow actress Preethi Pramila Seneviratne, where the wedding ceremony was celebrated on 31 October 1974. They have two sons, Sachindra Nirmal, Sameera Manabarana and one daughter Umayangana Indrachapa.[7] Preethi Randeniya is a poet and an author of children's books.

Career

He gave priority to studies over art and at school he acted as 'Kashyapa' in the school play Sigiriya Kashyapa. He excelled in writing short stories and won the first prize in the short story competition organized by the College Literary Society in 1962. Both Kumaratunga and Randeniya were introduced to art and literature by Wilfred Perera, a well-known school teacher and a staunch leftist who was the brother of dramatist Anthony C. Perera.[5]

In his free time, Randeniya started taking courses in theater decor and screenwriting at Lionel Wendt Theatre Workshop. Randeniya became interested in acting while taking a required general acting class under Jagoda; he gradually became fascinated with the idea of acting over the two years he spent at the school. He joined the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery in 1969, to learn drama, screenplay, direction and stage decoration. Randeniya got his first starring role in the student production Mudu Puththu directed by Gallapaththi at the age of 25. Veteran photographer Ralex Ranasinghe baptized Boniface as 'Ravindra Randeniya'.[5]

His performance in the film drew praise from well-known director Lester James Peries. He next appeared in Kalu Diya Dahara, considered "a watershed in the annals of Sinhala films", which dealt with a struggle between workers and administration in a tea plantation. It was made in 1971, and shown nationwide in 1974.[6] Peries, who was a fan, picked Randeniya for one of the three main roles in Desa Nisa alongside Joe Abeywickrema and Sriyani Amarasena. This would be his breakthrough role, and established him as a popular actor when screened in 1972.[6] The 1989 film Siri Medura is the most difficult film character played by Randeniya, the character of 'Sampath Hamu', a paralyzed man who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident and his whole body is paralyzed and unable to move his head. He later won the Sarasaviya Award for Best Actor for this role in 1990, naming him as the first unanimous decision of the jury without recommendation.[5]

Political

Later Randeniya elected to Sri Lanka Parliament for United National Party. He served as a member between 2000 - 2004.

Filmography

Year Film Role Ref.
1971 Kalu Diya Dahara
1972 Desa Nisa Hermit [8]
1974 Kalyani Ganga Namal's friend
1974 The God King Mogallana
1975 Tharanga Ravindra Randeniya
1975 The God King Mogollana [9]
1976 Duhulu Malak Rohan Atukorale [10]
1976 Hariyata Hari Piyal
1976 Ganga
1977 Siripala Saha Ranmenika Siripala [11]
1977 Yakadaya Siripala [12]
1977 Ektem Ge Sarath [13][14]
1977 Pembara Madhu [15]
1978 Seetha Devi Lakshman 'Lal'
1978 Veera Puran Appu Puran Appu [16]
1979 Wasanthaye Davasak Wasantha
1979 Higana Kolla Sir Henry Wijekoon [17]
1979 Chuda Manikyaya Ivan
1979 Sugandi Susantha
1979 Podi Malli Siripala 'Siri' Rathnasingha
1979 Hari Pudumai Ravi
1980 Muwan Palassa II
1980 Raja Dawasak
1981 Thawalama Sikuru Aththo
1981 Induta Mal Mitak
1981 Bamba Ketu Hati Nihal
1981 Eka Dawasak Re Jayantha 'Jaya' Jayadeva
1981 Induta Mal Mitak
1981 Aradhana Senaka [18]
1981 Sathweni Dawasa Arachchila Muththusami
1981 Ranga Ranga / Chaminda 'Punchi Hamu' / Sanath Hamu
1982 Ra Manamali Jagath
1982 Bambara Geethaya Ravi
1982 Paaramitha Kamal
1982 Sandaa Seneviratne
1983 Dadayama Weerasinghe Arachchilage Priyanka Jayanatha [19]
1983 Ran Mini Muthu
1983 Yali Pipunu Malak
1984 Bambara Patikki
1985 Hithawathiya Sarth
1985 Hima Kathara Sir Charles
1985 Maya Ananda [20]
1985 Deweni Gamana Saman's brother
1986 Koti Waligaya Doctor Ravindra
1986 Der Stein Des Todes Vic
1986 Sura Saradiel Saradiel
1987 Maldeniye Simion Dayaratne [21]
1987 Witness a Killing
1987 Janelaya Mr. Weerasinghe
1987 Thaththi Man Adarei
1987 Mangala Thagga Nihal Perera
1987 Kele Kella Koti Albert 'Wimal'
1987 Raja Wedakarayo Inspector Kapila
1987 Ahinsa Party guest
1988 The Iron Triangle (Production coordinator)
1988 Kedapathaka Chaya
1988 Sagara Jalaya Mudalali
1988 Angulimala Ahinsaka/Angulimala
1989 Sandakada Pahana Suranga Wijebandara
1989 Siri Medura Sampath Samarawickrama
1990 Saharawe Sihinaya
1990 Hima Gira Sumith Abeypitiya
1991 Golu Muhude Kunatuva
1993 Madara Parasathu Keerthi
1993 Surabi Dena Keerthi [22]
1993 Gurugedara Arjuna Wimaladharma
1994 Dhawala Pushpaya Doctor Nalin
1994 Aragalaya Gajanayake
1994 Pavana Raluviya
1994 Sudu Piruwata Jagath Ediriweera
1995 Seilama Sira [23]
1995 Sudu Valassu
1996 Anantha Rathriya [24]
1996 Maduree Wickie 'Loku Hamu'
1996 Cheriyo Darling Professor [25]
1997 Yasoma
1997 Les Mysteres Du Sadjurah Colonel Taradjahi
1997 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Police Commissioner, Calcutta
1997 Ramba Saha Madhu
1997 Bawa Duka Muhandiram [26]
1997 Ninja Sri Lanka
1997 Bawa Karma Muhandiram [27]
1999 Anduru Sewaneli
1999 Mandakini [28]
1999 Theertha Yathra Mr. Sooriyabandara [29]
2000 Saroja Major Fernando [30]
2001 Anantha Rathriya Suwisal Abeysekara [31]
2001 Poronduwa Vijendra Rambukwalla [32]
2001 Aswesuma Doctor Thilakawardena [33]
2002 Sansara Prarthana
2003 One Shot Police officer [34]
2003 Wekande Walauwa Lucas [35]
2003 Mother Teresa of Calcutta Inspector Shankar
2004 Mille Soya Kingsley [36]
2005 Aksharaya father, Retired High Court Judge [37]
2006 Nilambare Jayasuriya [38]
2006 Sewwandi Priyantha [39]
2007 Nisala Gira Minister Saliya [40]
2008 Puthuni Hambagiya Lawyer Weeratunga
2008 Aba Pandula Brahmin [41]
2009 Dancing Star [42]
2009 Juliya [43]
2012 Matha Brigadier [44]
2012 Kusa Pabha King Okkaka [45]
2014 Parapura Minister Rajamanthri [46]
2014 Rupantharana Brigadier Vimal [47]
2016 Weerawarna Prasad Madugalla [48]
2016 Paththini Pandya King [49]
2016 Sujatha Puthra Minister [50]
2017 Nimnayaka Hudekalawa The Client [51]
2017 Ali Kathawa Hermit [52]
2018 Wassanaye Sanda Sandesh's father [53]
2019 Distant Teardrop
2020 Rookada Panchi cameo role
TBD Gaadi Ehelepola Adigar [54]
TBD Ridee Seenu [55]

Teledramas

  • Deweni Gamana (2019)[56]
  • Ganga Addara [57]
  • Kahala Nadaya (2000)[58]
  • Kula Kumariya (2007) as Edward Deraniyagala [59]
  • Sherlock Holmes

Awards

Presidential Film Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1980 Podi Malli Merit Award Won
1983 Paramitha Merit Award Won
1984 Dadayama Best Actor Won

Sarasaviya Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1984 Dadayama Best Actor[60] Won
1985 Maya Best Actor Won
1989 Sandakada Pahana Best Actor [61] Won
1990 Siri Medura Best Actor Won
1996 Seilama Best Actor Won
1998 Bawa Duka Best Supporting Actor[62] Won

Sumathi Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 Contribution to cinema U.W. Sumathipala Lifetime[63] Won
2011 Mind Star quiz program Jury Appreciation Won

Raigam Tele'es

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Contribution to cinema Prathibha Prabha Lifetime [64] Won

Hiru Golden Film Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Contribution to cinema Hiru Lifetime Achievement [65] Won

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