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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)

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.


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.


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.


External links[edit]

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The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:56:15 -0800

The Tamil and Sinhalese film industries have drifted apart due to the clash of perceptions about the Tamil question in the island nation. But Malani Fonseka and Geetha Kumarasinghe, both leading ladies in the bygone era of Indo-Lankan collaboration in ...

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 ...

Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:14:31 -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 ...
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:35:52 -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 ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:44:44 -0800

One time popular actress Geetha Kumarasinghe, who is contesting the upcoming Southern Provincial Council elections, had to attend a funeral in Waduramba in the Galle District. Arriving there, she found there was no one familiar to her except a ...

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 ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:44:44 -0800

First, the old sex siren of the silver screen, the no holds barred, frank and outspoken Geetha Kumarasinghe who never minces her words but gives it straight and, if need be, even below the belt. Age has not withered her nor has custom staled the ...
The Island.lk (subscription)
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:33:33 -0800

Among the actresses seeking to contest from the UPFA are Geetha Kumarasinghe (SP), Anarkali Akarsha (SP) and Gayesha Perera (WP). Singer Judith White (ginger) has sought nomination from WP while Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga's daughter Malsha ...

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