Apr 30, 2018

Queen of Sinhalese cinema turns 71

Malani Fonseka, known as the "Queen of Sinhalese cinema" celebrates her 71st birthday today (30).

Ms. Fonseka's illustrious career spanning for many decades began with Tissa Liyansooriya's Punchi Baba in 1968.

She has appeared in 155 since then.

She first earned recognition, when she won the 'Best Actress Award' at the 1969 National State Drama Festival This was followed by Sarasaviya Best Actress Awards for Hingana Kolla in 1980, Aradhana in 1982 and Yasa Isuru in 1983.

Ms. Fonseka was also the first Sri Lankan actress to reach international heights, winning a special Jury award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1975.

In 2010 she has been named by CNN as one of Asia's 25 greatest film actors of all time.