turned actor Roshan Ranawana aspires for Bond role!
by Lakna Paranamanna
Roshan Ranawana is a well known young actor. He started his
career by acting in the movie Hiripodawessa in 2006. Following
are the excerpts of a tete-a-tete The Nation had with him.
Q: What film are you working in these days?
A: I am currently busy with work in a new movie Rosa Kele;
it is directed by Sanjaya Nirmal and I am working in this movie
with a South Indian actress; Monica. I have invitations for two
new movies and I will be starting work on an action movie soon.
My new movie Asai man piyabanna will be released in November.
Q: How did you start your career?
A: I actually started off as a model. It is actually because
of my mother that I became an actor. She is the one who sent in
my application for an audition for a new movie and I was chosen.
That was the push that got me going. So it is actually my mother
who should get all the credit.
Q: Did you always want to be an actor?
A: My childhood ambition was to be a scientist. Eventually
it faded away because I became more interested in other
activities such as sports, so I couldnít really put in all the
hard work required to be a scientist. I never had any ambition
to be an actor ever.
Q: Tell us something about your family?
A: My family includes my father, my mother and my younger
Q: Are you happy with what you have achieved so far?
A: Yes, definitely. I started my career only in 2006 and in
that same year I won the award for upcoming actor. So, I think I
have achieved a lot in a short period of time and I am really
happy about that.
Q: What would you have done with yourself if you had not
become an actor?
A: I would have definitely become a model, if I didnít start
a career in this field because I really enjoyed my work as a
Q: Is there any particular future role that you would like to
be cast in?
A: I cannot mention anything in particular, but I would be
happy if I got the chance to play a movie role similar to James
Q: What are the most memorable moments in your life?
A: Well, the most memorable moments in my life are the
awards that I got while I was working as a model; Mr. Sri Lanka
in 2002, 7th place in Manhunt International-China, and wining
the third place in Best Model of the Year competition in 2003.
The first movie that I acted in is also a very memorable event
Q: Among the roles youíve played so far, which one is your
A: I think it is the role in Hiripodawessa. I like it
because the role I portrayed has characteristics similar to my
personality; it actually made me think of my teenage years.
Q: How do you see life?
A: I think that life is a very valuable thing; but sadly
there are very few people who realise this. In life, some people
just get lucky enough to get things by chance, some others
donít; they have to strive hard for it The key to live life in a
fruitful manner is to be happy with what you have got and to
make the best out of it.
Q: What are your future hopes and dreams?
A: For the moment, my only hope is to become a really good
and memorable actor, and to be really stable in this field.