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Known As : Sumithra Peiris
Real Name : Sumithra Peiris
First Released : Desa Nisa 1975
Latest Released : Vaishnavee

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Early life
Sumitra Gunawardena (birth name) was born on March 24th 1935 to a Marxist family known as Boralugoda Gunewardenas in Avissawella. Her father, Henry (better known as Harry) Gunawardena was a proctor in Avissawella and mother, Harriette Wickramasinghe was from a middle class family. Three of Sumitra's relatives - Dinesh Gunawardena, Geethanjana Gunawardena and Prasanna Gunawardena are still in Sri Lankan politics today.

When Sumitra was 14 years her mother died. At that time her brother, Gamini, five years elder to her and sister, Chandralatha, four years elder than her, and also younger brother Ranjith. After the tragedy of their mother's death her elder brother Gamini went to south of France and lived in a yacht with a French painter.

Sumitra began her education in Avissawella, then later enrolled to Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and finally joined the Aquinas College Colombo to do the London Advanced Level.
At the age of 20 Sumitra find some amount of money and travelled to Europe by ship to meet her elder brother Gamini there to build her own career there.[3]

Personal life
Sumitra married Lester James Peries on June 19th 1964 All Saints Church.

With advice of her brother Gamini she studied French in Laussanne, Switzerland in 1950's. She met Lester there and he was to screen his first film Rekava at the Cannes Film Festival and Lester advised her to study movie making in London rather than in France.
She studied film making at the London School of Film Technique and was awarded a Diploma in Film Direction and Production (1957-1959). She was the only woman studying this subject there at that time. After passing out, she began working at Mai Harris, a subtitling firm for a short period and returned back to home in Sri Lanka.

Sumitra's brother Gamini contacted Lester and checked the possibility of her sister to work with him. Lester agreed and Sumitra started the work as assistant director in his second film Sandesaya. A filmmaking company called Cinelanka was established in 1963 with Anton Wickramasinghe also Lester and Sumitra as major shareholders.

In 1980's Sumitra was a member of the Presidential Commission for two years to conducted an inquiry into Sri Lanka's film sector regarding all aspects of the industry such as its troubles, statistics, public opinions and recommendations.

She was in charge of production for Worldview International in Sri Lanka in period of 1988-1990. Also during the period of late 1980s and early 1990s, she was a member of the Board of Management of the Institute of Aesthetique Studies, Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka and Prof A J Gunewardena was the Director General of the Institute at that time.
Sumitra has been working as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France won the award for the best film director in fifty (50) years of Sri Lankan cinema.

Photo Gallery
No Year Name Character Director
No Year Name Character Director
1 ) 1978 Gehenu Lamai Sumithra Peiris
2 ) 1980 Ganga Addara Sumithra Peiris
3 ) 1982 Yahalu Yeheli Sumithra Peiris
4 ) 1984 Maya Sumithra Peiris
5 ) 1988 Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda Sumithra Peiris
6 ) 1996 Loku Duwa Sumithra Peiris
7 ) 1997 Duwata Mawaka Misa Sumithra Peiris
8 ) 2003 Sakman Maluwa Sumithra Peiris
9 ) 2018 Vaishnavee Sumithra Peiris
No Year Name Character Director
1 ) 1975 Desa Nisa Dr. Lester James Peries
No Year Name Character Director
1 ) 1976 Madol Doova Dr. Lester James Peries
2 ) 1978 Ahasin Polovata Dr. Lester James Peries
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Sumithra Peiris
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