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Geetha Kumarasinghe
Born (1955-07-05) July 5, 1955 (age 60)
Elpitiya, Sri Lanka
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Chris Fuhrer Ferdinand
Awards

Sarasaviya Best Actress Award (1991), (1996), (2000) and (2004)
Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award (1990)

Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Galle District
Assumed office
2015
Personal details
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party United People's Freedom Alliance
Religion Buddhist
Website http://www.geethakumarasinghe.com

Geetha Samanmali Kumarasinghe (born July 5, 1955, in Badulla) is an award winning Sri Lankan film actress. She made her debut with veteran director K. A. W. Perera's Wasana in 1975 but it was Neil Rupasinghe's Lassana Kella which was released first. Since then, she has made her mark in over 80 movies, winning the prestigious Sarasaviya Best Actress Award four times, in 1991, 1996, 2000 and 2004. She was also one of the few actresses to receive the Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award several times.

Early life[edit]

Geetha Samanmalie Kumarasinghe[1] was born as the eldest daughter of Wijaya, a journalist and Udula Kumarasinghe in 1955 at Badulla. She grew up in Bentara, Elpitiya and had her education at Sanghamitta Girls College, Aluthgama and Holy Family Convent, Kalutara.

As a child, she showed talent for singing and dancing. She was crowned a beauty Queen, competing among 100 contestants in a beauty contest organized by a local newspaper in 1973.

Career[edit]

Though Geetha’s father did not approve of a career in movies or her participation in the beauty pageant, her mother was always with her. Her aunt, Anula Wickramapala was also a friend of her. Lester James Peiris . Incidentally, it was her aunts mansion that he used as the location for his film Ransalu.[2] Little Geetha, who used to spend her school vacations in her aunt’s house in Kollupitiya would imitate Punya Heendeniya, as her childhood heroine.

She signed contracts for 21 films before her maiden film was released, a record in Sri Lankan Cinema.[3] It was in the year 1975 that Geetha debuted in K.A.W. Perera's Vasana but it was Neil Rupasinghe's Lassana Kella which reached theaters first.

Kumarasinghe, who is often famous for casting in controversial roles, has also performed in foreign films which include Pakistani, Hindi, Japanese, Tamil and French productions.

She received critical acclaim in roles such as 'Dulcie' in Pembara Madhu, 'Dotty' in Palama Yata, 'Punna' in Lokuduwa and 'Amali' in Ran Diya Dahara. Her performance in Palama Yata[4] (Under the Bridge) where she plays the role of a woman in the slums earned raving reviews both in Sri Lanka and overseas.

She produced popular films like Palama Yata, Salambak Handai, Loku Duwa, Anuragaye Ananthaya, Wasuli and Geetha.[5] Both of her productions, Palama Yata and Loku Duwa won her the Best Film Awards at the Sarasaviya Awards Festival.

Awards[edit]

Year Organization Award Film
1981 National Film Festival Best Supporting Actress  
1988 National Film Festival Best Supporting Actress  
1990 OCIC Merit Awards   Palama Yata
1990 Sarasaviya Awards Festival Best Actress Palama Yata
1990 Sarasaviya Awards Festival Most Popular Actress  
1990 Swarna Sanka Film festival Best Actress Palama Yata
1996 Sarasaviya Awards Festival Best Actress Loku Duwa
1996 Swarna Sanka Film festival Best Actress Loku Duwa
1997 National Film Festival Best Actress Loku Duwa
2000 National film festival Talented Performance Anuragaye Ananthaya
2000 Sarasaviya Awards festival Best Actress Rajya Sevaya Pinisai
2000 National Film Festival Best Actress Rajya Sevaya Pinisai
2004 Sarasaviya Awards Festival Best Actress Ran Diya Dahara
2005 Signis Salutation Most Outstanding Performance Ran Diya dahara
2005 National Film Festival Best Actress Ran Diya Dahara

Political career[edit]

Geetha was a ardent supporter of Mahinda Rajapakse at 2010 presidential elections and was appointed as the chief organizer to Elpitiya electroate. She unsuccessfully contested at the 2010 general elections and blamed election irregularities for her defeat.

She contested the provincial council elections in 2014 and took oath as a counciller at the Southern Provincial Council.

Geetha contested for the 2015 Parliamentary Election from Galle District. She was selected to the 15th Sri Lankan Parliament as a Honourable Member of the Parliament by taking 63,955 preferential votes.[6]

Controversy[edit]

In a parliament session in 2015 November Geetha Kumarasinghe complained the lack of time given to her and made a communal statement claiming that ethnic minority Tamil members from the north received more time than her unaware that the time allocated for her was decided by her own party. She also crticized the lifting of highly discriminatory taxes on imported English and Tamil dramas .Kumarasinghe's parliamentary seat could be taken away as a result of the on-going court case challenging her becoming a lawmaker while holding Swiss nationality and is having her own court battle after being accused of ignorance of the constitution.[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:18:18 -0700

Galle District MP and the SLFP organizer for Bentara-Elpitiya electorate Geetha Kumarasinghe has been removed from her organiser post, by President and SLFP party leader Maithripala Sirisena. A new organiser is scheduled to be appointed today. Earlier ...

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Ceylon Daily News
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:22:30 -0700

Galle District MP and the SLFP organizer for Bentara-Elpitiya electorate Geetha Kumarasinghe today said that she will participate in the May Day rally organised by the Joint Opposition in Kirulapone. Kumarasinghe said that threats of disciplinary ...

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Hiru Gossip (press release) (blog)
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:21:55 -0700

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Sunday Leader
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:49:19 -0700

As the first step, MPs Geetha Kumarasinghe, Salinda Dissanayake and nine other Basil loyalists, who are supportive of holding a separate May Day rally in Kirulapone, were removed as electoral organizers last week. SLFP General Secretary, Minister ...
 
Lankaweb
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:56:15 -0700

Already Hiriyala SLFP organizer the former Minister Salinda Dissanayake and the Bentata-Elpitiya SLFP Organizer and Parliamentarian Mrs. Geetha Kumarasinghe have been removed from their electoral posts and eleven new organizers who got very low ...

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The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:41:15 -0700

Among those sacked from their posts were Geetha Kumarasinghe (Bentara-Elpitiya) and Salinda Dissanayake (Hiriyala), both MPs. Handing over Letters of Appointment to the new party organisers in the districts of Galle, Kalutara, Kegalle, Kurunegala and ...

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Newsfirst
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:26:15 -0700

MP Geetha Kumarasinghe also attended the meeting, which was focussed on preparations for the joint opposition's May Day rally. Speaking at the meeting, former minister Basil Rajapaksa said that there are shortcomings on everyones part, but will not ...

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Newsfirst
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 -0700

... Bentota Pradeshiya Sabha Krishan Sirimanne and Former Chairman of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Amila Harshana Kariyawasam were appointed as Co-organisers of the Bentara-Elpitiya Electorate, a position previously held by Geetha Kumarasinghe.
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