steps into cinema through Paya Enna Hiru Se
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
Udari Warnakulasuriya is an upcoming young actress. She has just
taken her first step into the film industry, acting in the
forthcoming film Paya Enna Hiru Se.
She entered the field in 2007 after taking part in the Miss Sri
Lanka pageant. The Nation met Udari last week to find out more
about her future plans.
“I am a new comer to this industry. I was one of the
participants at the Miss Sri Lanka pageant in 2007,” said
She said that she was chosen for the final round of Miss Sri
Lanka and that she was selected as the queen of the 12 mini
“I received all island mini titles such as Miss Popular, Miss
Talent, Miss Beautiful Walk, and so on,” she said.
According to Warnakulasuriya, she will be introduced to the film
industry through the movie Paaya Enna Hiru Se, which is still
“I forwarded some of my photographs to the movie Director,
Udayakaantha Warnasuriya, and he chose me for his latest movie,”
“I am acting the character of Dinali, who is a school teacher in
this movie, which is a family story. Dinali’s character is a
very innocent, charming character,” said Warnakulasuriya.
Before entering into this field, Warnakulasuriya has appeared in
many TV commercials such as Holcim, Nestle, etc.
“I also took part in Daddy’s ‘Borukari’ music video and in some
of the song visuals for Sanka Dineth,” .
She has also hosted the Juke Box programme, shown on Derana
“I have also won the Dance Talent Crown at the Contest Fiesta
Beauty Competition in 2003,” she said.
According to Warnakulasuriya she was born and bred in Negombo
and studied at Ave Maria Convent, Negombo.
“I offered dancing as a subject for my Ordinary Level
examination and did science subjects for my Advanced Level
examination,” she said.
She had also been a member of the Western and Eastern bands in
school and a member of the Western Folk Band. “I am extremely
talented in playing the piano,” she added.
Warnakulasuriya further stated that she was a good athlete while
in school and that she took part in many running events.
“I was also a member of the school netball team, cricket team,
elle team and the volleyball team,” said Warnakulasuriya.
Her parents are Chitra Pushpakanthi and Greshan Fernando. “I
have one elder brother, Chamika Haritha, and he is doing his
higher studies in Australia,” she said.
Speaking further about the new movie, she said, “I received a
lot of guidance from Udayakaantha Warnasuriya while performing
She further said that while she felt a bit scared when she went
through the script for the first time and was doubtful as to
whether she could take on the character in question. However,
she added that Warnasuriya helped her out in many ways.
“I have already signed agreements with Dammika Siriwardana for
his upcoming production,” said Warnakulasuriya.
Warnakulasuriya further stated that she loves to go shopping
with her friends. Her dream is to continue her higher studies in
music and interior designing.
“My favorite film director in this industry is Udayakaantha
Warnasuriya and I have the utmost respect towards him,” said
“What I have to say for all youngsters who are hoping to step
into this industry, like I have done, is to make clear decisions
all the time and not get caught up in new social trends,” she