Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake
Flowers of the Sky, Me Mage Sandai, Pickpocket, The Wind, Shades of Ash
Film actress and Model
Sangeetha Weeraratne, Sabeetha Perera, Damitha Abeyratne
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Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake (Sinhalese: දිල්හානි ඒකනායක; born 20 January 1973) is an award-winning Sri Lankan film teledrama actress and a model. As the Sinhala film industry has slumped due to stiff competition from Bollywood and a resurgence of teledramas, Ekanayake is one of the few actors working to keep Sinhala cinema afloat.
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Ekanayake studied at St Clare's girls school, in Colombo. She is married to singer and actor Priyankara Perera son of singer Milton Perera. She has a son, Dilmin Perera.
Though cited as a cinema actress, she has also starred in several teledramas of which Maya Ranga, Swarna Kingkini and Meeduma stand out. She plays a major role in the Sri Lankan movie star show Ridee Reyak, which is a very popular annual event in Sri Lanka. She also performed as a judge of Ranawiru Real Star and Mega Star as well. Her latest performance came through in Dhawala Doowili and Deviya Sugala teledramas.
Her early roles were confined to commercial films. Her ability to dance and her trade mark smile captivated the audiences. She is known as the Sridevi of Sri Lanka. Her career hit a different trail with her role as an abandoned Tamil girl in the film Me Mage Sandai by Asoka Handagama. This serious role paved the way for other remarkable performances in Sudu Kalu Saha Alu (Shades of Grey), Mage Wam Atha (My Left Hand) and Sulanga (Wind). Ekanayake made her cinema debut in 1989 from the film titled Dedunnen Samanaliyak directed by Yasapalitha Nanayakkara.
Also she made some notable roles in Mage Wam atha, Sulanga, Me Mage Sandai, Sudu Kalu Saha Alu, Pem Kekula, Nilambare, Gamani and many comedy films such as Cheriyo Darling, Chaya Maya etc.
She won the Sarasaviya Best Actress Award in 2005 at the Sarasaviya Film Festival and presidential award Sri Lanka.she also won the best actress award from Sudu Kalu Saha Alu film.recently she won Best Actress awards from Signis Golden (OCIC)Award and First Derana Lux film awards in 2012 for her performance in Gamani film. She has been an ambassador for Lux.