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  • Nasima Akter

Udari Warnakulasooriya: Dedicated and Versatile Actress

Udari Warnakulasooriya: Dedicated and Versatile Actress

In the bustling world of Sri Lankan cinema, Udari Warnakulasooriya has become a prominent figure. With three films currently gracing the silver screen, her talent and dedication to the craft are evident. Directed by esteemed filmmakers such as Professor Sunil Ariyaratne, Mr. Sivadasan, and Mr. Jayantha Chandrasiri, these movies have garnered high praise from audiences, a testament to the collaborative efforts of these seasoned directors and their talented cast.

One of Udari's recent endeavors, "Ksheera Oksana Kalambini," directed by Professor Sunil Ariyaratne, has marked its triumphant fifty-day run. To be a part of a Sunil Ariyaratne film is a dream come true for any artist, and Udari expresses her gratitude for the opportunity. She extends her thanks to Mr. Jackson Anthony, who recommended her for the role, and shares her joy in acting alongside accomplished actors like Hemal Ranasinghe, Raveen Kanishka, and the promising newcomer Harini Nangi.

In Mr. Jayantha Chandrasiri's "Midunu Vishwaya," Udari takes on a multifaceted role, portraying the life of a 1960s film actress. This character, with its intricacies and challenges, allowed Udari to explore various facets of her acting prowess. She seamlessly transitions between being a professional actress, a devoted wife, and a resilient figure in the tumultuous world of showbiz. With four distinct sub-characters, Udari's portrayal is a testament to her versatility and dedication to her craft.

Filming "Ksheera Oksana Kalambini" amid the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic presented unique challenges. Safety measures were paramount, with masks worn by all except the actors and actresses during shooting. The cast and crew operated as a tight-knit unit, adhering to quarantine protocols, and even adopting natural remedies like coriander tea to boost immunity. What was once a source of anxiety has now transformed into cherished memories for Udari and the team.

However, the absence of Mr. Jackson Anthony, who is currently unwell, cast a shadow over the premiere. Udari fondly acknowledges his significant contribution to the film and expresses her heartfelt wishes for his swift recovery. For Udari, a premiere without Mr. Jackson Anthony is akin to a wedding without a groom, emphasizing the irreplaceable role he plays in the cinematic landscape.

Udari's dedication to her craft extends beyond the silver screen. While she gained recognition through film, her roots in television remain strong. Her memorable role in a TV drama adaptation of Sujeeva Prasannaarachchi's novel, "Sansalawa," remains etched in the hearts of many. Though Udari temporarily shifted her focus towards film projects due to their continuous production, she emphasizes her enduring commitment to the small screen.

Preparing for her diverse roles is a meticulous process for Udari. Each character demands a unique approach. For her upcoming role as Mrs. Indira Jayasuriya in "Aasu," directed by Mr. Sanjeeva Pushpakumara, Udari undertook a comprehensive study of the character's physical and emotional journey. Her dedication shines through as she delves into the nuances of pain, resilience, and acceptance, a testament to her unwavering commitment to authenticity in her performances.

In a career spanning several films, Udari Warnakulasooriya has proven herself to be an actress of exceptional range and dedication. Her collaborations with esteemed directors and fellow actors have resulted in cinematic endeavors that resonate with audiences. With her unwavering passion and commitment to her craft, Udari continues to leave an indelible mark on the Sri Lankan film industry.


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