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Roy de Silva passes away

1 July 2018 08:44 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Veteran actor and film director Roy de Silva passed away at the age of 80 last night.

He entered the film industry as an actor in 1964 with Sujage Rahasa directed by P. Neelakantan.

His blockbuster movies such as Re Daniel Dawal Migel series, Cheriyo series, Clean Out, and Sir Last Chance were economically successful and made hallmarks in the industry especially in the eighties and nineties.

De Silva is primarily a director comedy films, which earned him one of Sri Lanka's promising directors in Sri Lanka cinema industry. His first direction came in1977 with Tom Pachaya, which was co-directed with Stanley Perera. Up to 2016, he directed 33 films, with more than 70 percent of the films easily passing 100 days and achieved blockbuster. Roy was the first to direct the country’s first English film ‘Its's Matter of Time’ in 1991 which introduced Sangeetha Weeraratne to cinema.

Funeral arrangements will be notified later.



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  Comments - 14

  • Sun Sunday, 01 July 2018 11:04 AM

    My deepest sympathies

    Devaka Sunday, 01 July 2018 11:48 AM

    His hair style was a unique one. .he made the second version of the Sri Lanka's first film Kadawunu porinduwa in early 1980 s. He reached to the climax during the golden era of our silver screen. His marriage is an example to the modern day artists. Both lived happily till the end. Good bye Roy. !

    Picchar pissa Sunday, 01 July 2018 04:57 PM

    Sri Lankan " Jay shanker"

    REEZ Monday, 02 July 2018 02:54 PM

    Don't know he knows Sanath Jayasuriya. Roy De Silva is an old director but the new generation especially minorities. I have watched his films in T.V. His character is not boring.

    Nuwan Sunday, 01 July 2018 02:40 PM

    His Cherio series of movies were the only ones I watched in a cinema as a child. They were hilarious. Later I was told those were copies of low budget Carry On series. But I think Roy was able to very successfully adapt them into the Sinhala Comedy cinema.

    Ceylon Sunday, 01 July 2018 08:07 PM

    Copy or not all art works are art works.all the world all thinfs are coppies.we learn language,food,travels,education,computers,etc all are others made coppies and continues upgradings.

    Ceylon Sunday, 01 July 2018 03:22 PM

    Great actor,director,happy and simple man never knew whats the arogance mean.cinama lost a great cinama man,he entertained millions of cinana fans.its not a happy news fir aany one to hear.god bless his soul.

    GH Sunday, 01 July 2018 03:46 PM

    I have never ever heard such a person in Sinhala Film world, anyhow, I extend my heartfelt condolences to him and his family members.

    BV Sunday, 01 July 2018 08:14 PM

    Were you living in Swasiland during the last few years or were you born just last month ?

    Yeti Sunday, 01 July 2018 07:14 PM

    What a waste! May he rest in peace.

    Haji bhaila Monday, 02 July 2018 12:00 AM

    Dear friendMay you rest in peace

    deva adittiya lindemulage Monday, 02 July 2018 04:00 AM

    deva adittya lidemulage - the param paraaver disappearing slowly.

    Dhammika Monday, 02 July 2018 07:40 AM


    Katie Monday, 02 July 2018 11:50 AM

    My deepest sympathies to Sumana and may his soul rest in peace. I have met this couple on a few occasions and I should say they are wonderful people. Sad but its God's calling.

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