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Jeewan Kumaranatunga (born 7 November 1958) is a Sri Lankan film actor who later became a politician, a former member of the parliament and a former cabinet minister. He is a close relative of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the nephew of actor and politician Vijaya Kumaratunga.


Jeewan Kumaranatunga
Minister of Youth Affairs
In office
2000–2001
Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs
Minister of Lands & Land Development
In office
2007–2010
Minister of Posts & Telecommunication
In office
2010–2015
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Colombo
In office
1994–2015
Personal details
Born (1958-11-07) November 7, 1958 (age 60)
Seeduwa, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
affiliations
United People's Freedom Alliance
Spouse(s)Shereen Senaratne (m. 1986)
RelationsVijaya Kumaranatunga, Ranjan Ramanayake
ChildrenMalsha Kumaranatunga
FatherSydney Kumaranatunga
Residence26 Nandimithra Place, Colombo 06
Alma materCarey College, Colombo
ProfessionFilm Actor

FamilyEdit

He was born on 7 November 1958 in Seeduwa. His father Sydney Kumaranatunga was also a film actor. Sydney's brother, Vijaya was a renowned actor and politician. Jeewan completed his education from Carey College, Colombo.[1]

Jeewan is married to his longtime partner Sherin and they have two daughters - Malsha and Maleesha and one son, Harshamana.[2]

Kumaranatunga's daughter, Malsha, successfully contested the Colombo district seat on the Western Provincial Council in 2014.[3][4]

CareerEdit

One of Sri Lanka's best commercially successful film artists, Kumaranatunga started his cinema career alongside his uncle, Vijaya. His maiden cinema acting came through Thani Tharuwa, even though it was released in 1982.[1] His first screened film was Ganga Addara, where he acted in a minor role as Liyana Mahaththaya. He acted in more than 90 films across many genres over the last two decades.[5]

In the first few years, Jeewan particularly acted in villain roles, which includes films such as Obata Diwura Kiyannam, Prarthana, Jaya Sikurui and Rumathiyay Neethiyay. His first romantic heroic role came through 1984 film Hitha Honda Kollek directed by Roy de Silva. After that he continued to receive many heroic protagonist roles.[1] During this period, he usually acted with Anoja Weerasinghe, which made them a cinema couple for many years. Some of the most popular Jeewan-Anoja couple films include Mamai Raja, Obata Rahasak Kiyannam, Newatha Api Ekwemu, Randenigala Sinhaya, Yukthiyata Wada, Veera Udara and Esala Sanda. In 1990, he won the Sarasaviya award for the Most Popular Actor.[1]

He acted in few television serials, such as Rana Kahawanu, Sudu Paraviyo, Hingana Kolla and Amarapuraya. He also produced many films such as Randenigala Sinhaya, Muwan Palesse Kadira, Wali Sulanga and 'Ma Obe Hithawatha.[1]

  • No. denotes the number of the film in the Sri Lankan cinema database.[6]
Year No. Film Role
1980 455 Ganga Addara Liyana Mahaththaya
1981 495 Hondama Naluwa
1981 504 Saranga
1982 512 Bicycle Voice Dubber, Ajith (voice - pool scene)
1982 514 Thani Tharuwa Ranil
1982 539 Nawatha Hamuwemu Jagath
1983 572 Rathu Makara Jayantha
1984 588 Hitha Honda Kollek
1984 610 Jaya Sikurayi
1985 619 Puthuni Mata Samawenna
1985 622 Doringe Sayanaya
1985 624 Obata Diwura Kiyannam
1985 628 Du Daruwo
1985 631 Sura Duthiyo
1986 637 Prarthana
1986 638 Asipatha Mamai Akalanka
1986 640 Peralikarayo Sunny
1986 645 Jaya Apitai Disable prisoner
1986 652 Sinha Pataw Jeevan
1987 654 Hitha Honda Chandiya Jinadasa, (also as producer of film)
1987 670 Ahinsa Raj Ranathilaka
1988 671 Rasa Rahasak
1988 674 Gedera Budun Amma Inspector Romesh
1988 678 Nawa Gilunath Ban Chun Suresh Gunathilake
1988 681 Nawatha Api Ekwemu Sanjaya/Vishwa
1989 685 Mamai Raja Ruwan Ranatunga
1989 688 Okkoma Rajawaru
1989 689 Obata Rahasak Kiyannam
1989 691 Nommara 17 Inspector Mahesh
1989 692 Sinasenna Ratharan Shakthi
1989 693 Waradata Danduwama
1989 694 Randenigala Sinhaya Raju, (also as producer of film)
1990 698 Thanha Asha Suresh
1990 700 Yukthiyata Wada Krishan Wasantha
1990 702 Weera Udara
1990 705 Saharave Sihinaya
1990 707 Pem Raja Dahana Corporal Malan
1990 710 Madu Sihina Raja aka Raju
1990 711 Chandi Raja Michael
1990 713 Honda Honda Sellan Inspector Srinath
1990 714 Hitha Honda Puthek Sena
1991 721 Sihina Ahase Wasanthaya
1991 722 Keli Madala Jayendra
1991 727 Raja Sellan
1991 729 Asala Sanda Janaka Mahanama / Asoka (as producer)
1991 732 Ran Hadawatha Anthony
1991 739 Bambara Kalape Captain Raju
1991 741 Ma Obe Hithawatha Dharme (as producer)
1992 742 Ranabimey Weeraya
1992 746 Raja Daruwo Jeevan Kaluperuma
1992 749 Sakwithi Raja
1992 757 Me Ware Mage
1992 759 Rumathiyay Nithiyay Jagath
1992 760 Oba Mata Vishwasayi Jagath
1992 762 Suranimala Suranimala
1992 764 Muwan Palessey Kadira (as producer)
1992 767 Rajek Wage Puthek
1992 766 Sayanaye Sihinaya
1993 775 Wali Sulanga Ashen Ranasinghe, (also as producer of film)
1993 780 Come or Go Chicago Wickremasinghe Mudaiyanselage Vijayendra 'Vijay' Karunanayake
1993 783 Jeevan Malli Jeevan
1993 785 Thrishule Jeevan
1993 788 Lassanai Balanna Ajith
1993 792 Suraweera Chandiyo Raja
1994 817 Shakthi
1995 837 Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya Podde ayya
1995 841 Chandini Pradeep Jayasekara
1996 861 Sihina Wimane Raja Kumari Inspector Prasad Vijaynayake
1996 847 Ratharan Malli Kasun
1996 849 Naralowa Holman Don Jackson 'Jackie' Salgadu
1996 856 Thunweni Aha
1997 871 Puthuni Mata Wasana Sampath
1997 884 Raththaran Minihek
1997 889 Good Buy Tokyo
1999 923 Koti Sana Sana
1999 926 Sthyadevi Wilbert 'Aiyya'
2001 951 Oba Magema Wewa Kanishka
2002 975 Sansara Prarthana
2002 976 Seethala Gini Kandu Sunny
2003 1022 Hitha Honda Pisso Dharme
2004 1045 Randiya Dahara Lieutenant Colonel Viraj Thenuwara
2006 1064 Dedunu Wessa
2006 1065 Supiri Balawatha Hilton
2007 1085 Wada Bari Tarzan Professor Devaka
2007 1091 Hai Master Saman
2009 1118 Ali Surathal Ravi
2011 1157 Mahindagamanaya King Devanampiyatissa
2014 1203 Siri Daladagamanaya King Guhasiva
2014 1209 Parapura
2015 1233 Maharaja Ajasath King Bimbisara
2016 1254 Puthandiya Dharme
TBD Hamlet Post production[7]
TBD Jeewa [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Popylar actor of Sinhala cinema - Jeevan Kumaratunga". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ "ජීවන්ගේ වැඩිමහල් දියණිය දේශපාලනයට". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ Newsfirst takes a closer look at how stars shone at the elections
  4. ^ Elections for Western and Southern PCs on March 29: Political parties bracing for election campaigns
  5. ^ "Jeevan Kumaratunga". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Hamlet to Sinhala cinema". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Jeewan turns director". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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