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Geetha Kumarasinghe
Born (1955-07-05) July 5, 1955 (age 59)
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)
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 Sir. 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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:22:30 -0800

Speaking at a public gathering in Elpitiya organized by the Chief Organizer of Elpitiya Geetha Kumarasinghe, yesterday (Dec. 15), the President said it was the duty of everybody in the country to safeguard the hard won freedom, peace and harmony ...
 
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:11:07 -0800

... Minister Gunarathna Weerakoon, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva, Deputy Ministers NIshantha Muthuhettigama, Provincial Councillor Geetha Kumarasinghe were among those present.(KH).

Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader
Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:03:17 -0800

The SLFP Organizer of the Bentara-Elpitiya electorate, Geetha Kumarasinghe found herself at the heart of a fresh controversy with a group of local government members of the same party launching a hunger strike demanding her removal. Shan Wijayalal de ...

Hiru News

Hiru News
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:54:10 -0700

Former Southern Provincial Councilor Ajith Prasanna who had often clashed with Geetha Kumarasinghe in the Galle district is also among the defeated war hero candidates. Several artistes who contested the Provincial Council election have also been ...

Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 12:10:04 -0800

Alongside, you now have the likes of Nadeesha Hemamali, Geetha Kumarasinghe, Hirunika Premachandra, and also Malsha Kumaratunga (though more as the lawyer-daughter of Minister Jeevan K) et al. In a way, an increasing number of celebrities, ...

Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Two actresses, Anarkali Akarsha and Nadeesha Hemamali were contesting from Matara District and Geetha Kumarasinghe contested from Galle. To the surprise of many, both Nadeesha and Anarkali – who drew media attention to a great extent during the ...
 
Colombo Gazette
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:41:15 -0700

Geetha Kumarasinghe however made the cut, but Anarkali's loss in the south, where she was backed heavily by the President's own family, reflects the electorate's growing frustration with the brand of 'pretty faces' politics that the Government has ...
 
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:26:15 -0700

In the Southern Province two women known more for tinsel and shape, Anarkali Akarsha and Nadeeka faced defeat, while a third, Geetha Kumarasinghe who had high hope of being Chief Minister, went down to No. 08. This was not a rejection of any role for ...
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