Ruwi Lakmali’s Film: Withered Leaf selected for IFFM Festival

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Ruwi Lakmali the charming, and talented actress brings her multi-faceted experience to bear in this medium of arts in Sri Lanka. She is a resident of Bandarawela,  the youngest and only girl among three siblings. She received her education up to the Advanced level at Visakha Girl’s College in Bandarawela, where she had dreamt of becoming a dance teacher. Destiny, however, had supplementary strategies. Her destiny was distorted after been crowned the “Sirikatha”, Avurudu Kumari in the Uva Province. Subsequently, she received numerous invitations to portray vivid roles in Tele drams. These include  Aruna Jayawardena’s “Adaraneeya Heenaya , “Tharumalee” telecast in the Swarnavahini and “Hiru Thaniwela” telecast on Hiru TV both mega Tele dramas.

More recently, she portrayed the characters of Nelum in “Mosum Sulang” and the lead role of Yaso, a final year medical student, in “Vihanga Geethaya”. Both these Tele drams consisted of around 55 episodes and were telecast on state channels ITN and Rupavahini. For her spellbinding role in the latter, she has received many accolades. Although she has completed more Tele dramas, they are yet to be telecast. In all these Tele dramas, she was fortunate to work alongside with gifted superior artistes who have been in the field for decades from whom she has won respect. She loves accepting challenging for diverse characters and believes to be an award winning actress one day.

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However lately she has been busy acting in films .Her debut film Withered Leaf had been selected for the Imagine India’s XVI edition International film festival held between 17th-31st May in Madrid, Spain.The same film where she had portrayed the lead female role is be selected for screening in the yearly Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Victoria Australia between the August 17th to 22nd.

IFFM is an initiative of the Victorian Government and has established itself as an important part of State’s cultural as well as cinematic calendar. The Indian Film Festival presents all Australians with a fantastic opportunity to familiarize with the cinematic offerings of many Indian film makers.

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Ruwi has been selected to perform the role of Radika in Professor Sunil Ariyaratne’s 22nd film direction ‘Bimbhadevi’ alias ‘Yashodhara’, the narrative of the beloved wife of Siddhartha. The titles roles of Siddhartha and Yashodhara (Lady of the Lotus) are portrayed by two Indian stars as they suit the characters well had been selected after many auditions. The shooting has been completed but Ruwi is busy having been signed for more new films.

In addition, Ruvi has emerged as a much sought after actress for television commercials. Her repertoire of a huge number of commercials comprise of Kelani cables, Denta kids tooth brush, Iodex konde ruda, Singer plus, Keells sausages, Lucky yoghurt, Marmite, Watawala ran kahata, Beautine beauty capsule, Maliban white chocolate puff, Bajaj, Singer, Wonderlight,, Southern express highway rest area, Pureit water purifier, Lanka soy and more recently Tikiri baby soap,Sampath Bank,Nippon cement, Edinborough chutney,Astra,Regnis,Viva, Renco mosquito nets etc.

Ruvi credits her success and achievement to her mother who had been guiding and encouraging her all through. Ruvi married Nakul Prasad, an executive at a television advertising company, two year ago and now lives in Colombo. Nevertheless, Ruvi remains greatly attached to her mother who is living Bandarawela and cheekily confessed to calling her a number of times a day. The role her mother played before her marriage is now been done by her husband Nakul.

In the context of the above Ruwi has expeditiously has spun to fame in the small screen and in films. She has proved in abundance her diverse talents in varied roles and is now a sought after actress. It would be the fervent hope of all her fans to see her climb up the ranks rapidly to be a super star.

By: Sunil Thenabadu.  Queensland, Australia