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Gamini Hettiarachchi

Gamini Chandrakirthi Hettiarachchi (24 July 1950 – 27 May 2019) (Sinhala: ගාමිණී හෙට්ටිආරච්චි)[3] was an award-winning actor in Sri Lankan cinema, stage drama and television.[4][5]

Gamini Hettiarachchi
ගාමිණී හෙට්ටිආරච්චි
Born
Gamini Chandrakirthi Hettiarachchi

(1950-07-24)24 July 1950
Died27 May 2019(2019-05-27) (aged 68)
ResidenceNo. 162, Koswaththa Road, Nawala, Rajagiriya[1]
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationNalanda College Colombo
OccupationActor, Dramatist
Years active1974–2018
Known forFilm, Drama Acting
Spouse(s)Subhashini Hettiarachchi (m. 1983)
ChildrenPrathibha[2]
Shakthi

Personal lifeEdit

Hettiarachchi was born on 24 July 1950 as the sixth of the family with ten siblings for Stanley Alas Hettiarachchi and Soma Hettiarachchi. He has three elder brothers, two elder sisters, two younger sisters and two younger brothers.[6] He was educated at Nalanda College, Colombo and completed his GCE A/L education through science stream. He was a retired Technical officer in Department of Railways.[7]

He is married to Subhashini in 1983 and had one daughter and one son. He met Subhashini during Shilpa Shalikawa program held in Lionel Wendt.[6] His daughter Pratibha is a renowned award winning actress.[8] His son Shakthi is a video editor.

He died on 27 May 2019 while receiving treatment, after a kidney transplant surgery.[9]

Beyond actingEdit

In the school, he was a member of Under-14 cricket team and karate team. During Advanced Levels in the school, he started to read Russian books particularly on politics. Then he obtained the membership of Communist Party.[6]

Acting careerEdit

Whilst at College, he performed in Ediriweera Sarachchandra's stage drama, Raththaran. Also whilst a pupil at Nalanda, he acted in Dhamma Jagoda's play Vesmuhunu.[10][citation needed] In 1974, he engaged in street dramas under the guidance of Gamini Haththotuwegama and performed in Minihekuta Ellila Marenna Barida? and Bosath Dakma. His first main role in stage dramas came through 1976 drama Sekkuwa. He won a merit award for the role at National Drama Festival. Some of his other popular stage dramas include Wedikkarayo, Suba Sandewak, Mee Pura Wasiyo, Uththamawi, Esala Sanda Awanhala,[7] Hora Police, [11] Charitha Hathak and Dummala Warama.[12]

His first teledrama acting came through Yashorawaya with the character Sunimal.[7] Then he appeared in many television serials such as Sihina Puraya, Pahasara[13] and Sidu.[14] In 1991, he won the award for the Best Actor for his role in the Dadabima teledrama.[15]

Selected television serialsEdit

FilmographyEdit

He started cinema career with the short film Palamuwaniya Saha Anthimaya in 1980[7] and then through Hemasiri Sellapperuma's 1992 film Bajar Eke Chandiya. His most popular cinema acting came through the films Kosthapal Punyasoma in 2014, Vidhu and Sinhawalokanaya.[42][43]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[44]
Year No. Film Role Ref.
1992 747 Bajar Eke Chandiya
1995 842 Ayoma
2001 957 Aswesuma Complaint officer
2002 985 Bahubuthayo Red shirt friend [45]
2005 1054 Samanala Thatu Balloon businessman [46]
2010 1149 Vidhu Principal [47]
2011 1150 Sinhawalokanaya Subey [48]
2012 1174 Super Six Jude's Father [49]
2014 1206 Kosthapal Punyasoma Sargent Wickrampala [50]
2018 1313 Nidahase Piya DS Commentator [51]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Artist Directory". Tower Hall Theatre Foundation. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ Sri Lankan Upcoming and Talented Actress Prathibha Hettiarachchi Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Veteran actor Gamini Hettiarachchi passes away
  4. ^ Gamini Hettiarachchi Film Database Archived June 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Veteran actor Gamini Hettiarachchi, passes away". News First. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Gamini talks about his career". Divaina. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Gamini in Big Letters". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  8. ^ "It feels better". Ada Derana. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Veteran actor Gamini Hettiarachchi passes away". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  10. ^ ස්‌කෝලෙට යක්‌ බෙරයක්‌ ගන්නත් නාට්‍ය පෙන්නුවා ගාමිණී හෙට්‌ටිආරච්චි අතීතාවර්ජනය
  11. ^ "Sisil plays 'Hora Police'". Sunday Times. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Chat with Gamini". Divaina. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  13. ^ ‘Pahasara’ is here
  14. ^ Tale of a struggle for power
  15. ^ "Death of veteran actor Gamini Hettiarachchi". Daily News. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Searching for a lost son". Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  17. ^ "A film with an interesting title". Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  18. ^ "Aththamma". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  19. ^ "16 short stories on mini screen". Sunday Times. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  20. ^ "'Bavathra' deals with science fiction". Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  21. ^ "'Bonikko' discusses a social theme". Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  22. ^ "'Dadu Kete' breaks family ties on Rupavahini". Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Dangakara Tharu may blossom soon". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Child deities descend to earth". Sunday Times. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  25. ^ "Two unusual teledramas". Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Girikula now in editing process". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Susil brings Kinduru Adaviya". Daily News. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Makara Dadayama : A tale of a detective". Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  29. ^ "Malee: Tale on wonder of Ayurvedic medicine". Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Medagedara; a Message to Women". Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  31. ^ "'Millewa Walawwa' to unravel mysteries of a mansion". Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  32. ^ "'Nil Mal Viyana': Manel's final bow". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  33. ^ "Tale of a headman, a treasure, two murders". Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  34. ^ "'Pahasara' is here". Daily News. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  35. ^ "Raja Bhavana now on Rupavahini". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  36. ^ "'Senehasa Kaviyak': portrays a poetic plot". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  37. ^ "'Senehasata Adarei' : Story of three sisters". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  38. ^ "Gamini and Sihina Puraya". Divaina. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  39. ^ "'Sihina Puraya' on seven families". Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  40. ^ "'SwarnaVeena': A story of many parts". Sunday Times. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  41. ^ "Top short stories on mini screen". Sunday times. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  42. ^ The PUNYASOMA case
  43. ^ "Gamini Hettiarachchi films". IMDb. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  44. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  45. ^ "TV Times". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  46. ^ "Samanalathatu (Butterfly Wing) - 2005". somadissa.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  47. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  48. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  49. ^ "Patavi". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  50. ^ "කොස්තාපල් පුඤ්ඤසෝම – Kosthapal Punyasoma plot". cinema.lk. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  51. ^ "Interview with Suneth Malinga". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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