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Old 26-03-16, 10:31 AM
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Default the icon of the Sinhala cinema Gamini Fonseka

A salute to Sinhala cinema's Sakvithi

We digress for a moment to reflect on a legend of the Sri Lankan cinema and a remarkable individual who brought so much joy and happiness to an entire generation by his performance on the silver screen decades ago. Had the icon of the Sinhala cinema Gamini Fonseka been alive he would have been eighty-years-old today. Gamini became almost a cult figure in the sixties, known as the golden era of the Sinhala cinema. There was a time when our screen actors were mere caricatures of their South Indian counterparts aping their every movement. Gamini brought in a breath of fresh air to the Sinhala cinema with his macho image and unique acting talents and was the catalyst in weaning the local cinema away from the South Indian influence. The nation will today salute this Sakvithi who transformed the Sinhala cinema almost overnight by his brand of acting and majesty.

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