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‘In memory of Gamini’

Fourth death anniversary of Gamini Fonseka will be remembered by the National Film Corporation (NFC) at 5 pm on Tuesday September 30 at NFC cinema hall. Award winning actor and director Jackson Anthony will make a speech on the performance of the late actor who first wanted to be a cameraman and worked on David Lean's 'Bridge on the River Kwai' which was filmed in Sri Lanka.

His first big break in acting came with "Daiwa Yogaya" in 1959 where he played a secondary role. Senadheera Kuruppu and Rukmani Devi were in the lead roles. Then came Lester James Peries' 'Sandesaya' in 1960 where nominally Gamini played second fiddle to Ananda Jayaratna but stole the show from him with a stellar performance.

This was followed by 'Adata Wediya Heta Hondai', 'Ranmuthu Duwa', 'Getawarayo' and 'Dheevarayo' roles in which Fonseka achieved popularity and became a box-office draw.

He proved however that he was not a melodramatic actor singing, dancing and fighting alone by making his mark as a character actor as Jinadasa in Lester's groundbreaking "Gamperaliya" (1964) that won the Golden Peacock in New Delhi. And his memorable role as Willie Abeynayake in 'Nidhanaya' (1970), marked his excellence as an actor and the film has been adjusted the best Sri Lankan film in several different critical works.

Gamini continued his direction with "Uthumaneni" "Sagarayak Medha", "Koti Waligaya" and "Nomiyena Minissu" where he played his roles remarkably. The ceremony will be attended by the family members and fans of Gamini and a special cinematic show with scenes where Gamini performed.

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