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Known As : B.A.W. Jayamanna
Real Name : Bernard Aloysius Wanniarachchi Jayamanne
Birthday : 1908-May-20
Died : 1965-02-16
First Released : Kadawunu Poronduwa 1947
Latest Released : Magul Poruwa
1967

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  • 12 Films [Main Actor]
  • 14 Films [Director]
  • 8 Films [Producer]
  • 2 Films [Actor]
  • 2 Films [Story]
  • 2 Films [Script]
  • 2 Films [Dialogs]
  • Biography
    Bernard Aloysius Wanniarachchi Jayamanne who was better known as B.A.W. Jayamanne (born 20-05-1908, died 16-02-1965) was a Sri Lankan playwright, director, producer and actor. He played a major role in the making of the first Sinhala film Kadawunu Poronduwa in 1947; Jayamanne achieved a level of popularity as a director with movies starring Rukmani Devi and Eddie Jayamanne in the 1950s.
     
    Aloy and his brother Eddie were born in Negombo to W. Don Thomas, a teacher at Maris Stella College. They formed the Minerva theater group in the 1930s and achieved some fame running plays that depicted contemporary middle class and village situations in contrast to the Tower Hall plays popular at the time which featured archaic tales of Sri Lankan kings. The Minerva dramas usually featured Rukmani Devi, Eddie and Jemini Kantha in the lead roles.[1]
     
    Around 1947, Aloy was approached by South Indian producer S. M. Nayagam to turn his popular play Kadawunu Poronduwa into a movie. Nayagam had noted its popularity and concluded that it would be a fairly viable investment. Although having misgivings initially, Aloy relented and the film was produced and released to commercial success in April 1947.
     
    Aloy subsequently oversaw the adaption of a couple of his other plays before trying his hand at directing with Hadisi Vinischaya (with Mabel Blythe taking over for Jemini Kantha) in 1949. Due to the infancy of the film industry, BAW managed to dominate box office with minimal competition over the following years. Sangawunu Pilithura was released in 1951 and Umathu Wishwasaya in 1952.
     
    Aloy had one of his biggest hits with Kele Handa in 1953; it made Sri Lankan film history as the first direct literary adaption and introduced actress Rita Ratnayake. His subsequent films include Iranganie (1954), Mathabedaya (1955, introducing actress Ruby de Mel), Daiva Vipakaya (1956), Wanaliya (1958), Hadisi Vivahaya (1959), Kawata Andare (1960), Jeewithe Pujawe (1961), Mangalika (1963) and Magul Poruwa (1967).
     
    Aloy died on February 16, 1965 while making the film Magul Poruwa. It was completed by S. Ramanathan. from Wiki
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    Films
    Actor
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1948 Weradunu Kurumanama Jothish Singh
    2 ) 1950 Hadisi Winishchaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    3 ) 1953 Kele Handa B.A.W. Jayamanna
    4 ) 1955 Mathabhedaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    5 ) 1954 Iranganie B.A.W. Jayamanna
    6 ) 1956 Daiva Vipakaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    7 ) 1958 Vanaliya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    8 ) 1959 Hadisi Vivahaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    9 ) 1961 Jeevitha Pujava B.A.W. Jayamanna
    10 ) 1963 Mangalika B.A.W. Jayamanna
    11 ) 1967 Magul Poruwa B.A.W. Jayamanna
    12 ) 1947 Kadawunu PoronduwaSamson Jothish Singh
    13 ) 1948 Kapati ArakshakayaLoku Thaththa K.Subramuniyam
    14 ) 1951 Sengawunu Pilitura Gration Jayamanna
    Director
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1950 Hadisi Winishchaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    2 ) 1951 Sengawunu Pilitura Gration Jayamanna
    3 ) 1952 Umathu Wishwasaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    4 ) 1953 Kele Handa B.A.W. Jayamanna
    5 ) 1954 Iranganie B.A.W. Jayamanna
    6 ) 1955 Mathabhedaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    7 ) 1956 Daiva Vipakaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    8 ) 1958 Vanaliya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    9 ) 1959 Hadisi Vivahaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    10 ) 1960 Kavata Andare B.A.W. Jayamanna
    11 ) 1961 Jeevitha Pujava B.A.W. Jayamanna
    12 ) 1963 Mangalika B.A.W. Jayamanna
    13 ) 1967 Magul Poruwa B.A.W. Jayamanna
    14 ) 1967 Magul Poruwa B.A.W. Jayamanna
    Producer
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1950 Hadisi Winishchaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    2 ) 1952 Umathu Wishwasaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    3 ) 1953 Kele Handa B.A.W. Jayamanna
    4 ) 1954 Iranganie B.A.W. Jayamanna
    5 ) 1955 Mathabhedaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    6 ) 1955 Perakadoru Bena A.B. Raja
    7 ) 1956 Daiva Vipakaya B.A.W. Jayamanna
    8 ) 1960 Kavata Andare B.A.W. Jayamanna
    Story
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1947 Kadawunu PoronduwaSamson Jothish Singh
    2 ) 1948 Kapati ArakshakayaLoku Thaththa K.Subramuniyam
    Script
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1947 Kadawunu PoronduwaSamson Jothish Singh
    2 ) 1948 Kapati ArakshakayaLoku Thaththa K.Subramuniyam
    Dialogs
    No Year Name Character Director
    1 ) 1947 Kadawunu PoronduwaSamson Jothish Singh
    2 ) 1948 Kapati ArakshakayaLoku Thaththa K.Subramuniyam
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