Vijaya Kumaranathunga

Born:- Kovilage Anton Vijaya Kumaranatunga
9 October 1945
Ja-Ela,
Sri Lanka

Died:- 16 February 1988 (aged 42)
Polhengoda,
Sri Lanka

Occupation:- Actor, Singer, politician

Years active:- 1968–1988

Height:- 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [2]

Spouse(s):- Chandrika Kumaranatunga(1978–1988)

Relatives:-Jeewan Kumaranatunga

Vijaya Kumaranatunga (October 9, 1945 - February 16, 1988) also Vijaya Kumaratunga was a popular Sri Lankan film actor and politician, married to former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga from 1978 to his assassination in 1988.

Family life
In 1978, Kumaratunga married Chandrika Bandaranaike, daughter of the late Sri Lankan prime minister Solomon Bandaranaike and former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Vijaya Kumaratunga and Chandrika Bandaranaike had two children,Dr Yasodhara Kumaranatunga Walker and Vimukthi Kumaratunga is a Veterinary Surgeon in UK.

Cinema career

Kumaratunga's first film was Hanthane Kathawa, in which he played the lead role. Since then, in a career that spanned nearly two decades, he acted in 114 films including Eya Den Loku Lamayek (1975), Ponmani (1977), Bambaru Avith (1977), Ganga Addara (1980), and Baddegama (1980). He also won several awards. He was voted most popular actor in Sri Lanka from 1983 to 1988. Vijaya performed in one English film, The God King and one Tamil film, Nanguran during his career.

Political career

He was also a politician, who started his political life in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party. He later joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and was active in the presidential campaign of Hector Kobbekaduwa in 1982. After the election, he was jailed under the emergency regulations by JR Jayawardena for allegedly being a 'Naxalite' (a political creed hitherto and henceforth unknown in Sri Lanka), but he was never charged. He founded the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party (SLMP). He and his party argued for peace in the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka.

Death and legend

He was shot in the head with a Type 56 Assault rifle outside his residence in the outskirts of Colombo on February 16, 1988 by Lionel Ranasinghe alias Gamini, who later confessed to the murder upon being questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Ranasinghe, in a 141 page statement, confessed that he was merely carrying out orders given to him by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna ("People's Liberation Front"), an armed Marxist organization which is responsible for assassinations during the late 1980s. His death is still mourned by many people in Sri Lanka.

Most Famous Films

Ganga Addara

Nommara 17

Peralikarayo

Baddegama

Eya dan Loku Lamayek

Filmography

1)1971 Abhirahasa

2 )1972 Me Desa Kumatada

3 )1973 Thushara 

4 )1976 Diyamanthi 

5 )1976Unnath Daahai Malath Daahai 

6 )1976 Adarei Man Adarei 

7 )1977 Sakunthala 

8 )1977 Hithuvoth Hithuvaamai 

9 )1978Vishmaya 

10 )1978 Kundala Keshi 

11 )1978 Sanda Vata Rantharu 

12 )1981 Geethika 

13 )1983 Samanala Sihina 

14 )1991 Madhusamaya 

15 )1981 Anjaana 

16 )1982 Rahasak Nathi Rahasak 

17 )1980 Karumakkarayo 

18 )1982 Maha Gedara 

19 )1989 Mamai Raja

20 )1982 Kadawunu Poronnduwa (New) 

 

21 )1989 Kedapathaka Chaya 

22 )1976 Pradeepe Ma Weva 

23 )1990 Dese Mal Pipila 

24 )1974 Susi 

25 )1969 Hanthane Kathawa 

26 )1970 Priyanga 

27 )1971 Ran Onchilla 

28 )1971 Kesara Sinhayo 

29 )1974 Ahas Gauwa 

30 )1973 Hathdinnath Tharu 

31 )1973 Dahakin Ekak

32 )1974 Duleeka

33 )1975 Pem Kurullo 

34 )1977 Maruwa Samaga Vase 

35 )1990 Kristhu Charithaya 

36 )1993 Surayan Athara Veeraya 

37 )1986 Peralikarayo 

38 )1975 Sikuruliya

39 )1975 Lassana Dawasak 

40 )1975 Sangeetha 

 

41 )1995 Hitha Hoda 

42 )1978 Selinage WalawwaPathiraja  

43 )1978 Babaru Awith 

44 )1978 SallySyril

45 )1978 Kumara Kumariyo 

46 )1978 Anupama

47 )1979 Gahaniyak 

48 )1979 Podi Malli 

49 )1976 GangaPathiraja  

50 )1977 Hariyanakota Ohoma Thamai 

51 )1977 Eya Dan Loku Lamayek

52 )1977 Pembara Madu 

53 )1981 Suriyakantha 

54 )1979 Higana KollaK 

55 )1979 Monarathenna 

56 )1979 Eka Hitha

57 )1979 Akke Mata Awasara 

58 )1980 Tak Tik Tuk 

59 )1980 Kanchana 

60 )1982 Nawatha Hamu Wemu 

61 )1982 Paramitha 

62 )1983 Sivu Ranga Sena 

63 )1983 Pasamithuro 

64 )1989 Badulu Kochchiya

65 )1989 Nommara 17 

66 )1989 Varadata Daduvam

67 )1990 Thanha AshaSiril Weerasingha

68 )1990 Veera  

69 )1987 Yugayen Yugayata 

70 )1987 Yukthiyada Shakthiyada 

71 )1987 Kavuluva 

72 )1987 Raja Wedakarayoo 

73 )1987 Randamwel     

74 )1987 batai Priye Adare 

75 )1984 Binaree Saha Sudu Banda   

76 )1984 Jaya Sikurui 

77 )1974 Sanakeliya   

78 )1994 Vijaya Geetha 

79 )1986 Jaya Apatai   

80 )1986 Devuduwa

 

81 )1986 Gimhane Gee Naadey

82 )1984 Birinda 

83 )1984 Rana Derana

84 )1984 Kokila

85 )1984 Welle Thenu Maliga

86 )1983 Samanala Sihina

87 )1982 Mihidum Sihina

88 )1982 Yasa Isuru

89 )1981 Hodama Naluwa

90 )1981 Valampuri

91)1981 Beddegama Lester

92 )1980 Kiduru Kumari

93 )1980 Para Dige

94 )1980 Raja Dawasak

95 )1980 Ganga Addara

96 )1976 Vasana

97 )1971 Hathara Denama Surayo

98 )1972 Edath Suraya Adath Suraya

99 )1973 Hodama Velava

100 )1978 Ahasin Polovata

101 )1967 Manamalayo 

102 )1969 Romio-Juliet  

103 )1971 Samanala Kumariyo samaga Api Kawadath Soorayo 

104 )1972 Vana Raaja

105 )1972 Adare Hithenawa Dakkama

106 )1983 Sandamali 

107 )1989 Randenigala Sinhaya 

108 )1990 Saharawe Sihinaya 

109 )1987 Ahinsa 

110 )1998 Eya Obata  

111 )1994 Shakthi 

112 )1990 Madhu Sihina 

113 )1986 Puja   

114 )1982 Thakkita Tharikita 

115 )1982 Kiri Suwanda 

116 )1982 Bycikale 

117 )1982 Sakvithi Suvaya 

118 )1981 Valampuri